Video Recording Options for Your iPhone 3G [Review]

UPDATE:  Apple native video recording will be available only for iPhone 3GS and not 3G, so options below are still valid for iPhone 3G owners.

We have been waiting for a video recorder for iPhone 3G for a while.  Not only did we get there today but we got two of them.

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If you have a jailbroken iPhone running 2.0 software, you can find Cycorder and Video Recorder via Cydia.

Let’s do a quick review of both of these recorders.

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Cycorder is a product from the developer of Cydia.  Jay took a minimalistic design approach to his recorder with the focus on real-time compression.  Cycorder does not have audio recording at this time, but since it’s only a first release, we won’t be surprised to find it in the future.

Update: Latest version of Cycorder has audio recording.

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Cycorder user interface has a record option and immediate access to your recorder files.  If you are looking for your videos after recording, they are in the Videos directory on your iPhone.

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The video recording quality is quite respectable considering the capabilities of iPhone camera.

Technical Specs:

  • size of video 384×288
  • 4×3 aspect ration
  • MJPEG compression

 

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Video Recorder for iPhone is developed by Dreamcatcher; it is clear that they were on a mission to develop a full-blown recorder.  We like almost everything about Video Recorder.

Notable features we liked:

  • Ability to record in portrait mode
  • Audio recording
  • Ability to share video on YouTube

Things we did not like:

  • No real-time compression, this is the biggest turn off for this product.  For example, it took over 2 minutes to encode a 30-second video.

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You can purchase Video Recorder for $19.99.  After purchase, you will get unlimited time for recordings and the enabled custom signature option.

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The idea of having a portrait mode recording is outstanding; we love that option.  Also, YouTube sharing worked as expected.

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Sorry, but we just do not like how much time encoding takes.

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The quality of the video produced by Video Recorder can be better compare to Cycorder’s. In addition, the colors of video recording are off – more on the warm side.

Let’s compare the features of both recorders, side by side

 
   
   
   
 
 
   
   
   
 
 
   
   
   
 
 
   
   
   
 
 
   
   
   
 
 
   
   
   
 
 
   
   
   
 

      

Features

   

      

Cycorder

   

      

iPhone Video Recorder

   

Recording Quality Options

x

Audio Recording

x

Sharing Options

x

Real-time compression

x

Portrait mode recording

x

Price

Free (ad supported)

$19.99

Both recorders are respectable entries into video recording for iPhone.  The developers took different approaches for each and it is nice to see some creativity.  Cycorder beats Video Recorder hands down on the real-time compression capability and video quality.  On another hand, Video Recorder is truly a full-feature recorder for iPhone.  It is for you to decide which program you like the most. 

Once again, the jailbroken software market is a step ahead of the app store apps.  As far as we see it, these types of software are another reason to jailbreak your phone.  What are you waiting for?

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