Recording video with Cycorder, and sharing it with iSquint

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If you weren't already aware, there is a video recording program for the iPhone. It's called Cycorder, and is only available via Cydia. Cydia is installed automatically on jailbroken iPhones when you use the PwnageTool, or QuickPwn programs. Read my Step 1 tutorials for how to do this. Cycorder was created by Jay Freeman, also known as "Saurik". He also created Cydia (the program that offers free programs for jailbroken iPhones). You can read his site here.





I want to say thank you very much to Saurik for this amazing program! Apple has yet to release a program to do this, and has yet to approve Cycorder in the App Store, and may never will. I'm going to show you how to install, use and how to save and convert the videos Cycorder makes so that you can sync them with your iTunes backup or share them with others. A simpler method may come along in time, but as of this writing, this is the way it must be done.

Attention

If you have not jailbroken your iPhone, or installed Cydia, then read one of my Step 1 tutorials first.

I will be using Fugu to download the files in this tutorial. These instructions can be applied to any files you want to add or remove from your iPhone, provided you already have SSH installed. If you have not installed OpenSSH, or used Fugu before, then you must read this tutorial first.



Step 1.

Launch Cydia, and press the Featured Packages button. Press Cycorder.

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Install the program.

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Launch Cycorder.

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Press the blue button to begin recording. The better your light source, the better your movie will turn out.

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While recording, the length will displayed along with the remaining free space on your iPhone.

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When you have finished recording, press the red button and then press the blue button with the arrow in it. This will reveal all the movies you've recorded so far. You can play these through this menu only.

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Step 2.

Now that you have movies on your iPhone, it's time to get them off the iPhone. Launch Fugu and navigate to your /private/var/mobile/Media/Videos folder. Your movies are in here.

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You can drag the movies out of Fugu to your desktop and view them in QuickTime.



Step 3.

If you want to put your videos back onto your iPhone (so you can watch them through the iPod interface), or give them to someone else to use on their iPhone, then you need to convert the .mov file. There is a free program called iSquint which is available from me, here. The company has decided to shut its doors as of October 3, 2008. Since this program was free anyway, I'm hosting the download since there is now no other way to get this program. They still have support forums running temporarily here.

Click Optimize for iPod, Add to iTunes, H.264 Encoding, and drag the Quality slider to Go Nuts. Then drag your .mov file into the program.

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When the conversion is complete click OK.

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Launch iTunes, and you will see your video has already been imported.

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Make sure you select the video to be synced.

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Launch the iPod and go to your Videos tab to view your movie.

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