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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.

    [ame]http://saurik.cachefly.net/cycorder.mov[/ame]

    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. LaZARuZ's Avatar
      LaZARuZ -
      heres a trick you can do with the cycorder.. Found it out by mistake anyway you can record even when the screen is off by just pressing the power botton its still recording so make sure you guys shut off the recorder the right way or you be wondering why you have no space left.. I kind of like it when the screen is off and i can still record without my friend knowing.. i like it more and more...
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Conn18 View Post
      Wow. The owner of MMi can't correctly use an apostrophe. Damn.

      HAHA.... *cough* BAN *cough*!
    1. mkurasz's Avatar
      mkurasz -
      +1 to poisedon ban the noob
    1. saurik's Avatar
      saurik -
      Quote Originally Posted by joshysquashy View Post
      This is promising, however...

      He say's this version is supported by adverts, and that the next version (with sound) will most likely cost money.

      Personally, I don't mind spending money on App Store Apps, but I'm worried by the fragile nature of jailbreak apps, and how they are unsupported.

      Is there anything that prevents apps like these being released to the App store?
      Unfortunately, yes. I actually tried to put Cycorder in the App Store: after waiting over a month for Apple to even acknowledge my application I'm giving up.

      One question I'd have: why do you say "unsupported"? App Store applications are supported in the same way as those you get from any other source: via their developers. Apple can't (and doesn't) mandate any specific performance metrics on the support you get from an App Store application.

      Quote Originally Posted by LaZARuZ View Post
      heres a trick you can do with the cycorder.. Found it out by mistake anyway you can record even when the screen is off by just pressing the power botton its still recording so make sure you guys shut off the recorder the right way or you be wondering why you have no space left.. I kind of like it when the screen is off and i can still record without my friend knowing.. i like it more and more...
      I'm glad someone noticed that ;P. That was a feature I added at the last second. I originally targeted Cycorder to be sold in App Store, and running when you close is definitely verboten in that context (although, really, using device drivers and the camera buffers is as well, but I figured I'd limit the arguments against it).

      I then worked on other things for a month while I waited for Apple to tell me if I could get it in App Store, and when I gave up I decided "what's a cute jailbreak-only feature I could add?". It /does/ provide at least some feedback, though, by adding a "REC" badge over the Cycorder icon if its recording in the background.

      Quote Originally Posted by spyboy_1 View Post
      I think i read somewhere that he's not eve acceptin donations for his work .. The guy is amazin.. Cydia is a masterpiece of an app. Wut will he code next?......
      Yeah, I definitely accept donations ;P. (To be quite frank, I'm not certain why that would be a feature: someone who decides to kill himself to build things and refuses to accept any compensation, even though compensation would let him do more of what he's doing and be more effective while doing it, and even when that compensation is freely donated... I'd argue that such a person is just stupid and is hurting everyone by turning down that resource.)
    1. 461am's Avatar
      461am -
      Quote Originally Posted by saurik View Post
      One question I'd have: why do you say "unsupported"? App Store applications are supported in the same way as those you get from any other source: via their developers. Apple can't (and doesn't) mandate any specific performance metrics on the support you get from an App Store application.
      I'm thinking he meant 'supported' as in if something goes wrong, apple won't void the warranty.
      I find that justification weak though, seeing as you can usually reverse all changes you make anyways.
    1. LaZARuZ's Avatar
      LaZARuZ -
      yeah i was wondering why it said rec on top of the icon and i found out why... Its great love how it does that will that work when u finnaly ad sound as well i hope it does.. Hey if i have to pay for it i will just keep up the great work man...
    1. gameviper's Avatar
      gameviper -
      where are the videos stored? id like to transfer some
    1. A Retired Mod's Avatar
      A Retired Mod -
      private/var/mobile/media/videos
    1. LaZARuZ's Avatar
      LaZARuZ -
      /var/mobile/media/videos
    1. dmighty's Avatar
      dmighty -
      Saurik, You rock
      Only audio, renaming, and emailing needed. THis is an awesome app. Easy to use and the quality is outstanding

      Keep up wth good work.
      Donation on the way!!
    1. new0rder's Avatar
      new0rder -
      just want to say thanks to this great apps, video quality is great, much better than iphonevideorecorder. kudo.
    1. bry279's Avatar
      bry279 -
      I too want to say thanks. This Cycorder is really great.
    1. sr852's Avatar
      sr852 -
      Not trying to be greedy but is it possible that you could build a zoom feature in this application?
    1. brikz's Avatar
      brikz -
      Much better than Qik where you have to go online to see your videos. Sound would be nice tho.
    1. monadzback's Avatar
      monadzback -
      amazing. easy to use, interface is great
    1. bdizzle's Avatar
      bdizzle -
      will there be a way to let the videos show up in the video folder in iPod? Great app btw!
    1. narut's Avatar
      narut -
      It's so good that make me feel guilty using it for free.

      So, can anyone point out where can I donate him?
      Already went to his site but link doesn't seem to work.
    1. Nicholas Knight's Avatar
      Nicholas Knight -
      this app will always be free. He never charges. It will be for Cydia only no app store
    1. hartphoto's Avatar
      hartphoto -
      The donation link (takes you to Paypal) is working for me, just tested it. I used it a couple of weeks ago to thank him for Cydia and Winterboard

      Saurik's apps are awesome. Can't wait to see the full version of Cycorder (and probably donate some more).
    1. silent revolt's Avatar
      silent revolt -
      yo warning to the not so wise...do not video the sun or point the camera at bright lights when recording it could harm your camera i didnt do this madness but some people might there should be a little warning: do not point at lights while filming somwhere just a heads up it shouldnt destory the thing but it might hurt it in the long run