Until now, the only way you could record videos on your iPhone 2G or 3G was to jailbreak it and use Cycorder. For some reason, Apple didn’t deem necessary adding video recording to the 2G or 3G, even though this isn’t a hardware issue, but simply a software one.
This week, Apple finally approved the first video recording app in the App Store. The application is called iVideoCamera and can record videos at a whopping 3 fps… According to MacNN:
Users will be limited to one-minute segments at 3 frames per second, while the resolution is just 160×213. The developer, Laan, claims the next update will bring improvements to the frame rate, resolution, and clip length.
Just like the video camera of the iPhone 3GS, iVideoCamera allows you to save your videos directly to your camera roll and share them on FaceBook, YouTube, Vimeo or Twitter.
iVideoCamera [iTunes Link] is available from the App Store for $0.99.
iPhone Download Blog reader kper sent me a very good hack for iPhone 2G or 3G owners who would like to have the same video editing capabilities as the iPhone 3GS. Basically, this allows you to view the videos you record with Cycorder or VideoRecorder directly in your Camera Roll. Additionally, you can trim the videos, exactly like on an iPhone 3GS.
Are you an iPhone 2G or iPhone 3G owner feeling left out by the lack of video recording on your iDevice? Rejoice because I have good news for you. You don’t have to spend $$$ on the new iPhone 3GS to get video recording capability.
This might sound like old news to some of our readers, but for those of you who don’t know, it is possible to record videos on your iPhone 2G or iPhone 3G thanks to an application called Cycorder. I wrote about Cycorder in the past but I think this app deserves more attention, especially from all the iPhone noobies (no offense).
Cycorder allows you to record videos on your iPhone at the maximum speed of the iPhone camera (6-15 frames per second). That’s not great, but it’s better than nothing…
How to record video on your iPhone 2G or iPhone 3G?
First, if you haven’t already done so, you’ll have to jailbreak your iPhone. If you’re hesitant about jailbreaking, understand it’s very safe and besides being able to record videos, there are many many other reasons to jailbreak your iPhone.
Then simply launch Cydia and install Cycorder.
One installed, open Cycorder and start recording videos. It’s that simple!
When you record a video, it is stored as a .mov movie on your iPhone in /var/mobile/Media/Videos. Use iPhoneBrowser or SSH to get the video from your iPhone to your computer and then you can email it or put it on YouTube.
Here is a video I shot a few weeks ago with Cycorder. It will give you a good idea about the quality of sound and images.
Like Qik and FlixWagon, LiveCLIQ is a free application that allows live streaming and recording of videos directly from your iPhone. Before some of you get too excited, let me tell you right away that this app is only available for jailbroken iPhones. This means that if you’re on a stock iPhone, you will have to wait 2017, until Apple finally decides to add video recording to the iPhone for you to enjoy this neat feature…
Here is how LiveCLIQ works. First I downloaded the application from Cydia. After installing, when you launch the application a message shows up asking for your “token number”. This got me confused for a while. I understood that I needed some type of registration but nothing was telling me where to get this “token number”. The “more info” link for this app in Cydia was showing the LiveCliq.com website and going there didn’t help me at all. After googling “livecliq”, I finally found the LiveCliq.NET website where you can register.
Hooray! Cycorder just updated to version 0.9-4 and now allows you to record videos with sound on your iPhone. I have to say I am really impressed by the quality of the picture and the sound recording.
Cycorder allows you to record videos on your iPhone at the maximum speed of the iPhone camera (6-15 frames per second), with no compression delay between pressing sop and getting to view the resulting video.
Cycorder does MJPEG compression and video files are recorded at 384×288, a 4×3 TV aspect ratio.
How do you get your recorded video from your iPhone to your computer? When you record a video, it is placed as a .mov movie in /var/mobile/Media/Videos. Apparently, a future version might integrate into DCIM.
Here is what this 0.9-4 upgrade brings to Cycorder:
TV out supported playback (does that mean TV output?)
no autolock when recording
a few minor fixes
I recorded my own video and made it available to you. You can view this video made with Cycorder here.
The application is only available in Cydia and believe it or not, it is free. It shows ads while you record but these ads are not intrusive at all. Ads don’t show anywhere on your recording when you’re watching.