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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. iphonedreams's Avatar
      iphonedreams -
      Atlast something for a quality video recording experience on the iPhone!! Cheers
      Works well on my 1st Gen runnin 2.0.2
    1. aayman_farzand's Avatar
      aayman_farzand -
      i just found out it keeps on recording after you press the Home button lol. wonder why i didnt try this before
    1. Fool's Avatar
      Fool -
      How come when I ssh it using winscp, I dont see the videos folder inside Media?
    1. LaZARuZ's Avatar
      LaZARuZ -
      Quote Originally Posted by aayman_farzand View Post
      i just found out it keeps on recording after you press the Home button lol. wonder why i didnt try this before
      Cause you didnt read from the beginning of the thread..
    1. ZXMustang's Avatar
      ZXMustang -
      Does anyone know how to get these videos from my iphone 3g onto my windows vista computer? I tryed to just explore on the iphone when its plugged into the computer, but the videos are nowhere to be found. Thanks in advance.

      Brian
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      var/mobile/Media/videos folder

      thanx button in advanced
    1. ZXMustang's Avatar
      ZXMustang -
      This means absolutely nothing to me. I have a windows vista PC not a mac. How do I get to that folder? If I right click and explore, all I get are the folders that hold the photos taken with the camera....
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      no , get winscp or iPhone browser and ssh into your phone and then go to that directory, if your not good with ssh I recomend iPhone browser found in the downloads section , it's like browsing on explorer

      thanx button in advanced
    1. ZXMustang's Avatar
      ZXMustang -
      Ok, im sorry but I must be a real idiot. I have tried two seperate "iphone broswer" downloads from this website, and I cant get them to work. I need it for VISTA>!
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      only thing is winscp for you then, get it, connect iPhone to same wifi connection and ssh into phone
    1. RiverRat's Avatar
      RiverRat -
      Hi all... Looking for help / enlightenment. I installed Cycorder 0.9-5 on my iPhone 3G on OS 2.1.

      I'm not getting any audio that I can discern. Transferring to video to a PC and monitoring the audio shows a VERY slight trace on the Audio Meters on VLC.

      If i absoullutely YELL (really loudly) at the iPhone while recording then I get an audible distortion.

      This really isn't just LOW audio that I've seen mentioned earlier in this thread - it's NO discernable audio.

      Tried uninstalling/reinstalling and reloading the app. I see here that it's working for lots of other people. Can't think what I've done wrong.
    1. l0uisz's Avatar
      l0uisz -
      perfect recorder app i love it!!! great work jay!
    1. equlizer's Avatar
      equlizer -
      for windows download a program called "diskaid"
    1. mp3mp's Avatar
      mp3mp -
      thanks so much
    1. htrisna's Avatar
      htrisna -
      Hi Jay,
      I love this product. And I am going to donate to the continuation of this development.
      I do have one question though .. I took a video of a seminar this afternoon and in the middle of the presentation, my phone rang (albeit on silence), and my video recording got interrupted. Now, the video won't play (on cycorder or in my mac).

      Is there something I can do to uncorrupt this video ? The size seems healthy, it just did not get a chance to finalize gracefully.

      I have since gotten in the habit of turning to airplane mode before recording. It'll be great though if I can answer a call, then resume ... or at least the app won't let the phone app to come up without the proper finalizing task or something ... but I guess it is hard to do due to the SDK's limitation of not allowing background process ?
    1. DJM AutoWerkz's Avatar
      DJM AutoWerkz -
      also audio sound problem when uploaded the video to youtube.
    1. Rockafella's Avatar
      Rockafella -
      To get the videos off the Iphone just download and use DISKAID. When you run the program there will be a folder called videos on the Iphone. Just click the video you want and copy file to folder and thats it. It will be a Quicktime file. Also a note so you dont have to reorientate the video is to always make sure when you record with cycorder to ALWAYS RECORD VIDEO HOLDING THE PHONE IN LANDSCAPE (SIDEWAYS). it will look right when you view it on the phone but if you copy it to windows it will be wrong.
    1. RiverRat's Avatar
      RiverRat -
      Quote Originally Posted by RiverRat View Post
      Hi all... Looking for help / enlightenment. I installed Cycorder 0.9-5 on my iPhone 3G on OS 2.1.

      I'm not getting any audio that I can discern. Transferring to video to a PC and monitoring the audio shows a VERY slight trace on the Audio Meters on VLC.

      If i absoullutely YELL (really loudly) at the iPhone while recording then I get an audible distortion.

      This really isn't just LOW audio that I've seen mentioned earlier in this thread - it's NO discernable audio.

      Tried uninstalling/reinstalling and reloading the app. I see here that it's working for lots of other people. Can't think what I've done wrong.
      Tried sending the iPhone back to jail (do not pass go, do not collect...), breaking it out again with just cydia and installer installed. Re-installed cycorder but still no sound.

      Really, if "that other app" would work on 2.1, I'd just shell out the 20 and forget the whole thing.
    1. asiago's Avatar
      asiago -
      i made a 330 meg video in cycorder but my fone died before it cosed the file (while recording) now i cant get the file to play back. any idea how to fix it?
    1. Casetay's Avatar
      Casetay -
      I love cycorder, so awesome it's free