Ultrakam 1.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

As you know, the iPhone 5s’s iSight camera can shoot full HD 1080p video (1,920-by-1,080 pixels) at 30 frames per second, as well as slow-motion clips at 120 frames per second at a reduced resolution of 1,280-by-720 pixels (720p). The back shooter can also take eight-megapixel stills at the image capture size of 3,264-by-2,448 pixels.

But what if the handset could take a series of stills in a rapid succession and stitch them together to form an ultra-resolution footage?

That’s what Ultrakam, a novel iPhone application by Hassan Uriostegui, does for you. Available in the App Store for $6.99 for a limited time, the software brings 2K film resolution to your iPhone 5s at 30 and 20 frames per second.

It also includes a handy film-like 24 frames per second preset and can automatically smooth rack-focus during recording. Read on for the full reveal…

As noted by The Next Web, Ultrakam shoots 2,240-by-1,672 pixel video, which is around 75 percent more pixels than the regular full HD resolution of 1,920-by-1,080 pixels. Taking 2K images at 24 frames per second and encoding them into a Motion JPEG format in real-time requires a lot of horse power so Ultrakam works best with A7 devices like the iPhone 5s and iPad Air.

Here’s a quick video walkthrough.

The app also supports previous-generation devices such as the iPhone 5, iPhone 5C and iPad mini, though you’ll have to settle with 2K video capture at 20 frames per second on these gadgets.

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Ultrakam is anything but your ordinary camera app: your 2L clips get stored as either Motion JPEG or H.264 iFrame encoded files. Motion JPEG is a video format specifically created to compress each frame separately as a JPEG image, which quickly increases file size.

Specifically, a minute of 2K Motion JPEG footage at 24 frames per second will consume up to three gigabytes of storage space so the top-of-the-line iPhone 5s with 64 gigabytes per storage will fill up after mere 20 minutes of 2K video capture.

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Ultrakam also shoots slow motion footage at 120 frames per second on the iPhone 5s, or 60 frames per second on the previous-generation iPhone 5/5c.

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Advanced video capture settings let you choose your bit-rate for video and audio, with the built-in player offering a variety of editing tools that allow you to share your videos and stills, apply color correction, set while balance and focus/exposure values independently, generate stills from a video and more.

Note that setting lower-quality presets will let you slow down your recordings by up to ten times. Playing back 2K footage directly on the device comes with a caveat. “As with high end cameras, 2K recordings are tough to playback, so you may need to use the ‘Render Proxy’ function in the player to create a more playable version,” the developer notes.

Of course, it makes no sense to render a 2,240-by-1,672 pixel video on the iPhone’s 1,136-by-640 pixel Retina screen so you’ll want to use iTunes file sharing to copy the clips over to your desktop and edit them using a pro video editing software such as Apple’s Final Cut Pro X.

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It’s also nice that Ultrakam includes remote control on another device, using Bluetooth 4.0 and a separate Ultracam Remote Control app for $2.99.

Learn more about the app at the official Ultrakam website.

Grab Ultrakam in the App Store for $6.99, a 60 percent discount for a limited time.

The app is universal and iOS 7.0 or later is required.

  • Marcus Gomita

    It sucks that iOS 7.0 or later is required… some people are on iOS 6 but it’s okay

    • All new submissions and app updates since February 1 have to be optimized for iOS 7 http://www.idownloadblog.com/2013/12/17/apple-ios-7-app-store-apps/

      • Marcus Gomita

        Oh…ok well thanks ok

      • Compiled with iOS 7 SDK doesn’t mean dropping iOS 6 support.
        You can set deployment target to iOS 6.0, but that means you can’t use any iOS 7 feature (or enable those feature only on iOS 7)

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Nothing to stop developers making an app for iOS 6 and a seperate app for iOS 7…

    • JS3

      thats your own fault sir… idk why/how you are still on ios 6… i would die

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Maybe they have a 3GS? I think this app is meant for the 5s though so I don’t think iOS 6 was ever on the agenda…

      • If you have a 3GS, the last thing you should be worrying about doing on your iPhone is shooting 2k video.

    • XboxOne

      Upgrade or don’t whine.

      • Marcus Gomita

        I don’t see that as whining.

      • XboxOne

        Devs want to develop for the latest versions of operating systems not older ones.

      • I do see a point that he was trying to make. We are accustomed to having our computer’s software to be backwards compatible. Besides games, most all software (at least on Windows) is always at least compatible back to Windows ME (man that OS sucked!).
        I don’t see why on Earth anyone would stay on iOS 6 and if they had a 3GS they would be smart enough to know that there is no way that old iPhone could handle this app to begin with.

  • Leonard Wong

    Probably the coolest app ever.

    • Frank Anthony

      I totally agree.. I’m gonna try it out now

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Someone try this out on an Iphone 5 and let me know how it is. Will wait to download until I hear what others with the 5 think about it.

  • Matheus Lisboa

    Nice app! Won’t be useful for me though… 2K just seems like a terrible excuse for wasting storage (for me)

  • Fevostone

    Do a review on it plz. And it’s all good and well having 2k recording but the iphone display is only 720p so what do we view them on to see the Quality my tv is only 1080..???

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      It’s called future proofing 😉

      • Fevostone

        Surely this will be stock in the future pal…??

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        By future proofing I mean even if you don’t have high resolution monitors you’ll be thankful for recording high resolution video now when 4K monitors become more mainstream…

  • Dani Hayes

    I want to get this. It I have a feeling when the next iPhone comes out this app will be limited by Apple. Just like the 4S and how Slopro was. It supported 60fps slomo until apple cut it with iOS 6.

  • CPDigitalDarkroom

    Had been using Filmic Pro exclusively but this app is pretty great. Will definitely be using it more on my daily bases, having to export all the footage to clear up space will probably get annoying but the quality is great.

  • The Link to the official Ultrakam website is broken.

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