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If you want to record video with your iPhone and you have one of the original models, you are about to venture into new territory.

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Apple has recently approved a new app in the iTunes store that allows the original iPhone and the iPhone 3G to record video.

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If you have a jail-broken iPhone and the third-party app Cycorder then you can experience, at your own risk, video recordings already on the older models. But if not, this will be a new feature for the original “2G” and 3G.

 

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The new app is ‘iVideoCamera’ and is available for .99¢.

 

iVideoCamera is a good start, but of course, there is a downside. Actually, there are several downsides. The app will only capture video at 3 frames per second, which means that the video will be very choppy. The 3GS captures video at a much faster rate of 30 frames per second. The other downsides are that the resolution definitely is not at quality of the 3GS, but its not too bad, and you have a one-minute maximum capture time duration.

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Once the recording is saved you are presented with several options, such as to upload the video to YouTube, Facebook or Vimeo, to save to the Camera Roll, or to Email it. I found that this instance is the only time I was able to get the video off my iPhone without the video portion becoming corrupted.

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Saving the video to the Camera Roll, I can view the video over and over without issue and even trim the video, but can not email it out of the Camera Roll like I can with photos housed there.

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Trying the Image Capture application to import or Drag/Drop the video from the iPhone to a location on the computer, the video still became corrupted, though the audio portion remained intact.

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When emailing the video, the video and the audio remained intact and I could view it from within the email itself. But once saved to a new location on the computer, the video again became corrupted.

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So what’s the "good start" upside of iVideoCamera considering all the downsides I’ve experienced? “It’s a start, period.” With the blessings of the iTunes app store, what can come along can only get better. The app will be updated soon and for an initial .99¢ price, it’s not a financial hit, it’s supporting the future of development. And others will surely venture into these waters. There's nothing like competition to make a product or app better. :::

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Rodney Broder

    After reading your article I searched the app store and found Qik VideoCamera v4.48 for $.99. It takes great video on my iPhone 3G. I was able to email a 10 sec video without much trouble.

  • Chita

    Within days, of this review, one or two actually, iVideoCamera was updated and it’s like a new app. Many new features and all that didn’t work, now works fine.Update article soon to come.