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  • Cycorder - Superior Free Video Recorder for 3G and 2.x

    Jay Freeman (aka Saurik), author of Cydia and WinterBoard, Friday released Cycorder (website not REALLY there yet. ), a FREE native iPhone video recorder application. The release comes hot on the tails of DreamCatcher's 2.x release of their $19.95 iPhone Video Recorder software, and is superior in many aspects.

    Before, I get into the details, here's a sample video recorded with Cycorder.


    Quality on the videos is much higher than iPhone Video Recorder's movies, due to Saurik's use of MJPEG compression - the same compression used in the majority of point and shoot digital camera's with video support. Oh, and there is no waiting 3 times as long as your video length after you record before the video compresses and lets you watch it (as Showtime did, in 1.x firmwares - its not yet out for 2.x iPhones) - when you finish recording a video with Cycorder, you can immediately play the video back.

    The video playback list has a slick first-frame thumbnail shown for each video you've taken, vs just a listing of the time's of each video as competing video recorders have (MUCH easier to tell which video is which - if you record several videos in an evening or day, the times really don't help you much at all later).

    Videos are recorded at 384x288, a 4x3 aspect ratio. Depending on how well lit the area is, videos are recorded at between 6-15 fps. Saurik notes that the large variance of fps is due to the iPhone camera, which when video is recorded is basically taking pictures as fast as it can and when you take those photos the camera has to open its shutter, let in the light that makes up the photo, and close the shutter. The less light, the longer it takes to do that. So, better lighting equals higher quality fps, and therefore smoother videos.

    The UI is done in landscape mode, and is extremely simple and easy to use - press the large center button on the right (bottom if the iPhone is held vertically) to record/stop recording, and press the small arrow to open up your playback list. Saurik mentioned he's looking at ways to even have the videos show up in your iPod Videos list once recorded in Cycorder.

    Update!!!! Cycorder now includes audio

    Cycorder can be downloaded now from Cydia (its on the Featured Packages list on the front page of Cydia, or in the Multimedia section. I'd definitely recommend it - the video quality is the best out there, and audio will be included shortly.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Cycorder - Superior Free Video Recorder for 3G and 2.x started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 333 Comments
    1. sogo's Avatar
      sogo -
      Quote Originally Posted by sr852 View Post
      GREAT app!!!! Is it possible to include a function that allows you to zoom in?????
      It's possible, but probably wouldn't look that good.
    1. dirtybird1977's Avatar
      dirtybird1977 -
      Zoom could also be done by cropping the image. That would preserve the image quality but give you a much smaller size.
    1. saurik's Avatar
      saurik -
      Quote Originally Posted by LaZARuZ View Post
      You can't have zoom to this it will look like garbage. Just look at snapture zoom that's how it will turn out too. So leave zoom out.
      The camera is 3MP but is recording at closer to 100kP, so there is an opportunity for a rather good loss-less zoom. I don't know if there's enough processing power to pull it off, though. I doubt it.
    1. LaZARuZ's Avatar
      LaZARuZ -
      is it not 2MP camera? How's the sound going?
    1. saurik's Avatar
      saurik -
      Quote Originally Posted by LaZARuZ View Post
      is it not 2MP camera? How's the sound going?
      Sorry, yes. When the iPhone 3G was first coming out I had read rumors of a 3MP camera on it and had not updated my knowledge when it came out (all of my development on Cycorder has been on a 2G phone and I haven't spent much time thinking about the 3G yet, nor have I really had time to take any pictures with my new phone yet ;P).
    1. secondgennt's Avatar
      secondgennt -
      Need it to work with appflow. I can't live without that program..unless catigories comes out.
    1. ady199's Avatar
      ady199 -
      Fantastic App - you are God!!!!!!!!!!!

      (Any news on Audio yet??)

      Thanks in advance
    1. secondgennt's Avatar
      secondgennt -
      decided to give it another shot. Now have cycorder and appflow running together fine with all previously poofed icons on seperate pages, so I still have a clean SB for home
    1. aayman_farzand's Avatar
      aayman_farzand -
      excellent app. This is one of the reasons (certainly one of the most significant ones) why i upgraded to 2.0.2. Looking forward to audio support. I hope your monetary tactics work out, as I dont have the ability to pay for such a fantastic app.
    1. raihanuddin's Avatar
      raihanuddin -
      btw how do i save/transfer/copy/install the reconding video into my computer? plz answer this question
    1. phoenix.stu's Avatar
      phoenix.stu -
      Quote Originally Posted by raihanuddin View Post
      btw how do i save/transfer/copy/install the reconding video into my computer? plz answer this question
      It has already been mentioned several times in this thread however, I will tell it again.

      SSH into your device. **If you are not sure how to do this, there are several good tips on here just use the search function to find out.

      Once you have done that, navigate yourself to /var/mobile/media/videos
      and you will see the videos that you recorded.

      Hope it helps.
    1. ady199's Avatar
      ady199 -
      Any news on audio support yet??

      Thanks again for this great app
    1. saurik's Avatar
      saurik -
      Quote Originally Posted by ady199 View Post
      Any news on audio support yet??

      Thanks again for this great app
      Very, very very very soon ;P.
    1. tha5150's Avatar
      tha5150 -
      yippieeeee. Price still the same as planned?
    1. sr852's Avatar
      sr852 -
      Quote Originally Posted by saurik View Post
      Very, very very very soon ;P.
      You realize thw wait is painful (lol)! Care to define "Very, very very very soon"?

      Thanks again for what will be ( when the audio is there ) a great app!
    1. aznpinoy217's Avatar
      aznpinoy217 -
      Already this app beats the iphone recorder. I just got done video recording a wedding and the encoding on the iphone video recorder lasted more than that of the wedding. I CANT WAIT TILL AUDIO COMES OUT! IM GONNA GO OUT OF MY MIND.
    1. utvol1's Avatar
      utvol1 -
      audio is now available!!!!!!!
    1. jasonm253's Avatar
      jasonm253 -
      hell yeah audio is nice and so far it's frees
    1. playboii's Avatar
      playboii -
      Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!
    1. nycdiplomat's Avatar
      nycdiplomat -
      its supposed to show up as an update in cydia right? ive refreshed like 10 times and it doesnt show.