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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. emceechad's Avatar
      emceechad -
      So there was an update today, what's in it Saurik?
    1. jwcrash's Avatar
      jwcrash -
      Quote Originally Posted by emceechad View Post
      So there was an update today, what's in it Saurik?
      Bug fixes, I'm guessing. No new functionality found despite my snooping.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Bug fixes, I'm guessing. No new functionality found despite my snooping.
      in cydia when you go to the update, click on change log and it tells you what the update is,but its basically what u said, bug fix's
    1. richtoyz's Avatar
      richtoyz -
      this is an awesome recorder, playback is great

      thanks again
    1. retzu's Avatar
      retzu -
      Hi guys, i have a problem with cycorder after the latest update. When I tried to start the application, it automatically shuts down n goes back to my springboard. Anyone is having the same problem as me?
      Thanks in advance!
    1. Rip's Avatar
      Rip -
      I've just installed the latest update today and I'm not having the shutdown problem. It seems the same as the last version.

      What are the differences?

      I just uploaded a recording to YouTube and the sound problem persists.
      [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sx18iiZiMw]YouTube - Test cycorder sound[/ame]

      Apologies for the poor quality. It was just a quick test!

      The problem is with YouTube converting the upload. When played on the iPhone it's fine. There must be a codec issue here somewhere.
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      Love your dog LOL , but yea I had the same issue when uploading to YouTube
    1. reyza's Avatar
      reyza -
      That has to be a YouTube upload problem. I've uploaded videos to facebook without any problems on audio.
    1. RWD HERO's Avatar
      RWD HERO -
      For some reason itunes wont allow me to sync the videos i take with cycorder into my iphone. It tells me "video name, cannot be coppied to the iphone because it canot be played on this iphone". Anyone know what i have to do to get it to play on the iphone? It plays on my computer. This would make the app perfect!
    1. phoenix.stu's Avatar
      phoenix.stu -
      Quote Originally Posted by RWD HERO View Post
      For some reason itunes wont allow me to sync the videos i take with cycorder into my iphone. It tells me "video name, cannot be coppied to the iphone because it canot be played on this iphone". Anyone know what i have to do to get it to play on the iphone? It plays on my computer. This would make the app perfect!
      Until Saurik works this out, you will have to convert the movies yourself using a program like iSquint and then add it to iTunes.
    1. cir_osis's Avatar
      cir_osis -
      Has Cycorder been updated to work with 2.1FW yet?
    1. RWD HERO's Avatar
      RWD HERO -
      what does it have to be converted to to play on the iPhone?

      Besides that, this really is the best application I have for the phone.
    1. phoenix.stu's Avatar
      phoenix.stu -
      I use Audio Hub which is the big brother to iSquint. You can download iSquit herefor free. In the settings I set it for iphone and then enable the "H.264" and the "add to iTunes" Then I set it to "go nuts" It decodes it into a .mp4 format and it works great on my iPhone.
    1. knight_rider_84's Avatar
      knight_rider_84 -
      I upgraded to 2.1 & just jailbroke my phone on windows pc & cycorder works
    1. bahgger's Avatar
      bahgger -
      Can this be submitted to the AppStore, please?

      I can't for the life of me get Cydia to work
    1. saurik's Avatar
      saurik -
      Quote Originally Posted by bahgger View Post
      Can this be submitted to the AppStore, please? :)

      I can't for the life of me get Cydia to work :(
      Cycorder and programs like it will never be in the App Store. I actually waited almost two months for Apple to accept it and they just ignored the application. Apple exerts massive control over what they are willing to have on their platforms: that's the reason we jailbreak our phones, to be able to do things that Apple won't let us do. You can try sending a massive petition to Apple to get Cycorder into the Store, but they will likely still ignore it ;P.
    1. DrJackalope's Avatar
      DrJackalope -
      I just wanted to say thanks for this great app, along with Winterboard and Cydia.

      Thanks!
    1. odie209's Avatar
      odie209 -
      thats awesome!
    1. creolesoul's Avatar
      creolesoul -
      This is a very cool & useful app!
    1. kioken's Avatar
      kioken -
      Hey Saurik, I had a question regarding emailing the video directly from the mail app like videorecorder. Any idea if this will be a feature? It was nice being able to record my little video then email it straight to my microblogs. If you, or anyone knows of an app that allows me to email the videos outside of cycorder that would be great too.

      Thank you so much for your hard work on this app. I'm very impressed with it. Blows the other app out of the water