The Free iPhone Video Recorder - Cycorder

If you have been missing that all-important video recorder functionality for your iPhone, look no further than Cycorder. Now before you get all excited let me first say the only way you will be able to get this app is to have a jailbroken phone along with Cydia.

Jay Freeman, the author of other jailbroken apps such as Cydia and Winterboard, released Cycorder. It does have ads, but I can assure they do not get in your way. Just keep in mind these ads are keeping this app free for all of us.

Cycorder's video is shockingly decent for a cell phone video recorder. Recording in .mov format, Cycorder gets anywhere from 7-15 frames per second. It did not support audio when it was first released, but it does now. An update has just been released and it finally supports audio, though this clip does not contain any.

To get Cycorder simply go into Cydia and you will see it on the "Featured Packages" list on the front page. Download and enjoy!

Video and screenshot, after the break!

[Thanks for the tip Art!]

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i wish they can comeup with better fps, just check out this site they had a amazing video for 60 fps video, they managed to get 6 seconds of it,, recording it was better than nokia n95. i dont know what happend to this project. pls check this site and download a demo to see urself

@Nikhil
Check the link out again. There is no mention of 60 fps... That is no way possible on the iPhone. Here is a quote from the link you provided.
"but right now i can capture 2mp quality at 10fps for 10 seconds.. when i lower the quality to normal phone size .mov i should be able to get a higher fps and a minute of video at least."
This is no where near as good as Cycorder as you are not limited in recording time and Cycorder reaches 15 fps.

why can't something like this show up in the app store? The lack of video recording has emerged as my biggest problem with my iPhone, and while I'd love to get this, I am not jailbreaking my phone. Is there a reason why an app like this is NOT in the App Store?

jason - the official iPhone SDK offers very limited access to the camera.
essentially, when you use the camera in any official iPhone app, it launches a default camera application. this application just takes a picture and then offers you the option to retake the photo or hand-off the photo data to the application you were originally using.

And this is why people will still/always be jailbreaking the iPhone. Basically apple opened the iPhone up enough to get people off its back but still have a tight grip on what devs can and cant do. I swear apple is acting more and more like the "big brother" charactor in their 1984 commercial every second.
I love my iPhone but I hate apple ;)

I totally a agree, apple needs to allow an app to be released or even release it themvselves! I've been waiting long eneough!!

I have a jailbroken phone and would like to know where cycorder stores its files so i can remove them from phone and email them

how can I download cycorder from this website and then install it on my iphone since I am unable to download it from this site.

Using WinSCP or any other SCP program, go to /private/var/mobile/Media/Videos, the files must be there.
I guess there is no other way to get them.

does anyone know how to move a cycorder video from the iphone to my macbook? I'd like to to be able to upload it to youtube.

How to upload a video recorded with Cycorder on a jailbroken iPhone to your Mac using Netatalk:
This guide is a modified version of that provided at: http://www.simonblog.com/2008/09/07/netatalk-lets-you-transfer-files-bet...
Install Netatalk on your jailbroken iPhone (or use Open SSH or similar - I will not be outlining this method though). Netatalk can be downloaded using Cydia directly onto your iPhone.
For Mac OS 10.5

Once you’ve got Netatalk installed on your iPhone. Ensure the Wifi is turned on (for both your computer and iPhone).
Then you’ll find your iPhone has shown up on Finder window as shared device (as long as they are connected to the same wireless network). If you don’t have wireless internet, or if you are connecting both your iPhone and computer to a large work or school network you can set up your own ad-hoc network instead using “Create Network” on your airport preferences. Then connect your iPod to this new custom network.
If the iPhone has not shown up as a shared device, you may need to restart it if you have just installed Netatalk.
Next, click “Connect As” button (on your mac, selecting the shared device) to logon as another user. You’ll be prompted to enter name/password.
Type “root” or “mobile” for name and “alpine” for password. Then click “Connect”.
Now your iPhone is connected with your Mac. You should see a “mobile” folder and you can drag & drop files into the iPhone, or copy them off the iPhone, like we want to do.
To access videos recorded with Cycorder, go to: root/var/mobile/Media/Videos
And there you have it. I hope that this helps.

I can't help but feel that apple realase products like the iPhone underspec on prupose,having the simple things like mms and a video camara missing seems like great excuse to sell a shedload with more with another problem adressed,the firmware updates are crap with the only real big additions being the appstore & the genius playlist which are just 2 things designed to boost apples revenue,I'm on my second iPhone now & tempted just to jailbreak this one too,as apple doesn't give the full control needed (like camara control & allowing apps to run in the backgound which an IM client would need) apple just seems to gradually get more sneaky,and my itrip doesn't work with my new iPhone,or my old video cable,ok rant over! :|

hello, is there a possibility to get the video s from the iphone to a pc, i use cycorder, many thanks for your reply
romeoalfayankee

On Mac to get the videos you can just use PhoneView and browse to Disk/Videos/.
Very fast and simple! On win it's a little harder, I'm looking for a solution myself for my gf who has a vista PC.

In mobile Finder vids are stored at ~/media/videos. I copy 'em from there to the airshare folder and then you're good to go with Final Cut or whatever editing you use. Now if someone could tell me how to record with compression that would greatly reduce the file size, cuz these Cycorder-made .mov files are huge compared to mp4's of the same length...

A humble request to Mr. Steve Jobs and his dynamic team to please release Video Recording Software and THE WHOLE WORLD will buy it from APPLE STORE...I bet !!

hey dude ... i've recorded a video from ur software , but how do i take it out and put it in my PC ??

yo i have cycorder but the main problem i m havin is that i dont know how to transfer the recordings to my laptop, please respond.

I Have Cycorder On My Iphone...And Have Taken Many Important Videos In Which I Need To Upload On My Computer...I Don't Have A Mac, I Have A Windows...Does Anyone Know How I Can Do It?
Please Email me At Sumeetpatel88@gmail.com
Thanks!!!

For PC users who have a wireless network and Jailbroken Iphone 3g:
Download Winscp (free) and install on your computer. Install OpenSSH on your Iphone 3G from Cydia's featured page.
While connected to your wireless network on your Iphone navigate to settings/wi-fi/> and find your phones ip address. Write this down.
open WinSCP on your computer and type in your ip address under "host name". Username is "root" and password is "alpine". And change file protocol to "SCP" and hit login. You may want to disable "autolock" on your iphone because it seems to disconnect from winscp when the phone locks. From there navigate to /private/var/mobile/Media/Videos for your videos. If you right click on a file and hit copy it should try to create a folder on your pc and copy the video file to this folder.

Since I do not have a wireless network at work I did a little research for wired connections and found the following:
http://code.google.com/p/iphonebrowser/
All you have to do is download and install the executable (found in the featured download block on the upper right side). Once you have installed this program simply connect your Jailbroken Iphone to your PC via the USB cable and then start the program. It should automatically detect and connect to your Iphone. I tried this on two windows xp computers with my Jailbroken Iphone 3g and it worked fine.

Hans/TTKA1347,
Thanks for your tips. I was able to download my videos from the iPhone to my XP. I noticed a strange behaviour. After recording a few videos, I am not able to record anymore. I even deleted ALL the existing videos and there is 7GB of space available. Any ideas why this would happen?

Neil,
As of right now I don't have any ideas on what might have went wrong. You could try simply reinstalling cycorder. In case you do not know how, open Cydia, then open the manage tab at the bottom, then select packages and scroll until you find cycorder. select it and then select "modify" and you should be able to reinstall it. If I think of anything else I will post it.

Updated to 2.2.1 all according to DEV-team, keeping it sim-unlocked. When I did so from 2.1 to 2.2 all files of Cycorder remained in my iPhone. Now the files seemed to have disappeared. Looked with SSH but no files. Can anyone confirm that this update (2.2.1) removes Cycorder files completely?

It worked like charm. I also have another iphone but it shows No SERVICE anyone has any idea why. BTW I have done all kinda of fancy things like downgrading it to 1.1.4 and neutralizing the boot neuter, airplane mode on and off..Wondering if its a hardware failure, please help. Email me at pankaj_81@hotmail.com

Why oh why doesn't Apple release a decent video recorder for the iPhone, then people wouldn't have to jailbreak theirs? It's no good Apple complaining about the jailbreakers among us if they are not going to give the consumers what they want!
PS
Nice blog mate. I'll certainly be back.

Even though i was able get the files out i was not able to play them in any of the players. Not even in VLC or Quicktime . so suggest a player. thanks

arun... if u want your file to works. u have to put the file extension when u save the video. example name it as cats.mov.. i have the same problem as u before. but after i put the file extension after the name. its works. after that u can play it at quicktime or any player. good luck trying!!!! ;p

just installed the iphone browser app and works like a charm. Cycorder author should try and do what xgps does or some of the other apps where it hosts a webpage you can download them from wirelessly without having to navigate all the folders. Works well though :)

I have a ? Is there a way to get cycorder without jailbreaking my Iphone, and if not what can go wrong with my Iphone if I do Jailbreak my phone?? let me know
Thanks

Mars,
The answer is no, you have to jailbreak your phone to get this app. I think it fairly harmless to jailbreak your phone if done correctly. You can always restore your phone back to Apple firmware. The main risk to jailbreaking is it voids your year warrenty. As I understand it if something breaks but you are able to do a Apple restore via itunes then you will be ok. but if you cannot restore to apple firmware then they will not honor your warrenty. Plus once jailbroken you cannot update your phone via iTunes anymore. You must use an pwn'd updater. Once you jailbreak you will never want to go back to apple firmware, it simply opens up way to many things that SHOULD already be available.

deepak kohli
simply read this thread. I, and a few others, have posted detailed instructions on two methods of accessing, uploading to PC, and viewing cycorder video's.

how can i download this iphone recorder in free?it possible i can use free,without registration?

could anybody tell that i recently purchased apple iphone but the problem is video recording and mp3 ringtones......send me mail hw to instal these softwares step by step i'm very thank full to u thanxxxxxx

it was working with me on os 2.2 but when i upgraded to os3 beta 3 it stoped working it terminates after i run it
any ideas or updates

download DiskAid
it gives you acces to your iPhone as any external drive
you can simply drag, copy and paste
is avilable for PC and Mac
I use Mac
works perfect to copy Cycorder movies to desktop
have fun

i sortof hava problem.. i hava jailbroken iphone and i have cycorder on it too but i took so manii videos and i need to upload them on my computer.. but i have no wires or niithinq to pluq mi iphone with.. wat do i do?

after i downloaded few videoaas and it was fine
now i am having a diffrent kind of problem
it says
IphoneBrowser Stopped Working.
A problem Caused the program to stop working correctly.
Windows will close the program and notify if a solution is available
a tried almost everything
repair, reinstall several times
even tried older versions
start the program then plug my iphone
start the program with or without i tunes
it is driving me crazy
n.b. i am using vista
PLEASSSSSSSSSS HELLLLLLPPPPPPPPPPP

my question is the same as half the people here. how do i take transfer the video on the iphone to the Mac.

to counsel successfully is directly proportional to the number of times the same question comes up. This forum saved me from insanity !!

Can anyone in here read? the same question over and over and over. The answer was posted multiple times too. sheesh

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Hey,
Just to make this clear:
Apple will never (ever) put a video recorder on the App store because they want you to buy the new Iphone 3GS instead, so they make more money.

After I transfer Cycorder videos to my PC, I am unable to change the name of the file. A message pops up saying the file is in use by another person or application but that's not the case. I sent one of the files to another PC and changed the name. But once I sent it back to my PC, again, I was unable to modify the file name. Can someone please help? Thanks.

hi,
the answer to transfer cycorder videos to a PC has been repeated, but can someone tell me how I can do this on a MAC?

Amber,
Install openssh from cydia's feature page. If you are on a wireless network install "ifile" from cydia's featured page. This app will allow you to create a local webserver from which you can access all of the iphones root folders. If you are not on a wireless network try the free programs Fugu, ipoddisk or cyberduck.

I recently upgraded my jailbroken iphone to OS 3.0 but stupidly forgot to save my more recent videos taken by Cycorder. Tried to retrieve them through the iPhoneBrowser but i keep on getting the ff error message:Unhandled exception has occured etc ...Unable to find an entry point etc.
Is there any other way to retrieve them? do you think the videos are still in my phone and does the iphoneBrowser work on iphones that are not jailbroken? it used to work fine when i was running on OS 2.something, and jailbroken phone. =(

Hello Veeno,
The same stupid update for me through iTunes :-( Now, I can't access to my last Cycorder videos ...
At the end of the day, did you find a solution to retrieve them ? Such as looking in the backup datas or launch a new jailbreak maybe to access to the hidden files and the root folders.
Please give me your feedbacks on this problem.
Thanx in advance.

Veeno,
I am sorry to say that if you upgraded then all of your videos and anything related to your old jailbreak will be gone. The upgrade process replaces all files on the partition. Hence, once you upgrade or restore to official firmware all traces of the jailbreak will be gone and your warranty will still be good. And Iphone browser will not work with a non-jailbroken phone as apple does not want you to have access to the root folders.

i wish that yu could take that video out of your iphone becuase i have 2 weeks trying to take one video and put it on youtube and i cant. if someone know how to do it pls show me

anybody else have any problems with recording volumne. If i speak directly into iphone recording is fine, but very very faint when people are more than a few feet away. thanks

TTKA
I followed all the instructions
I got SCP to work..i got to opening media part but the folder's empty...The videos are still in my cycorder library. what to do?
Thanks

am i missing something here? i want to download cycorder, and all i get are explanations of what it is.....hello........

After I installed iphonebrowser 1.81 for windows, everytime I open it, it says this program is not working..Any other suggestions

This is great iphone recorder, I have Cycorder from Nov. 2008, and never gave me a problem, I realy appreciate what you've done.
Only one thing that I wanted to know, kindly show me how can I transfer the video clips that I have in my 3G iphone to a laptop!
Best regards.
Rafei Bashir

Rafei Bashir:
For PC users who have a wireless network and Jailbroken Iphone 3g:
Download Winscp (free) and install on your computer. Install OpenSSH on your Iphone 3G from Cydia’s featured page. While connected to your wireless network on your Iphone navigate to settings/wi-fi/> and find your phones ip address. Write this down. open WinSCP on your computer and type in your ip address under “host name”. Username is “root” and password is “alpine”. And change file protocol to “SCP” and hit login. You may want to disable “autolock” on your iphone because it seems to disconnect from winscp when the phone locks. From there navigate to /private/var/mobile/Media/Videos for your videos. If you right click on a file and hit copy it should try to create a folder on your pc and copy the video file to this folder.

Since I do not have a wireless network at work I did a little research for wired connections and found the following:
http://code.google.com/p/iphonebrowser/
All you have to do is download and install the executable (found in the featured download block on the upper right side). Once you have installed this program simply connect your Jailbroken Iphone to your PC via the USB cable and then start the program. It should automatically detect and connect to your Iphone. I tried this on two windows xp computers with my Jailbroken Iphone 3g and it worked fine.

I also recommend following the instructions in cydia on changing the password you use for openSSH. This way no one can hack into your phone.

If you are on 3.1.X firmware you may have to install "afc2add" from cydia to access the root directories via a USB connection.

@TTKA1347 Thanks so much for the info... worked like a charm .. even though it did say, "The procedure entry oint sqlite3preparev2 could not be located in the dynamic link library SQLite3.dll". It still worked for me. I have an older iPhone 2g, I had to unlock and jailbreak it to 2.2. I was worried it would not work. But it did. I would like to upgrade to 3.0+ but am getting different information on how to do it. So if anyone has some info... please feel free to contact me. I would truly appreciate it. I am a n00b but if instructions are given to me, I can pretty much do it. :)
Thx again.. :)

@Julie,
Do you have access to a mac or a PC? And there a several options depending on what firmware you want to go to. I would recommend going ahead and going to 3.1.2. The website "iclarafied" has great tutorials. And if you reply here to which computer system you have access to and what firmware you want to go to I will help. And remember, since you are on a 2G your phone can always be unlocked.

@Julie,
Also if you I fail to reply in a timely manner you may also try the "Dev Team Blog". They are the developers of Pwnage tool, redsnow, ultrasnow, etc, etc. That is a great community for helpful answers. Website:
http://blog.iphone-dev.org/

Ok, I have the 3g, have dl'd WinSCP, iPhonebrowser and afc2add (bc I have 3.1 firmware). WinSCP wouldn't work, it kept denying my password or something (copy/pasted from TTKA1347's entry above), and iPhonebrowser opens, then closes before i can try anything. What gives? I was using DiskAid, but my trial ended. I won't pay for any apps, trying to transfer Cycorder vids for free. I am hooked up on a very weak "borrowed" wireless, and use my PDAnet thru USB for internet service.
What gives?! Grrrr

Does cycorder run on a 3gs phone? I tried to install it but it wouldn't run? Any suggestions?

Wally,
No it doesn't run on the 3GS. People have been trying to convince Saurik to update it to run on the 3GS so you can record video with the screen blacked out. But it appears he has much higher priorities. Why would you want it on the 3GS since the built in video recorder has a higher frame rate?

Mahir,
If your phone is jailbroken then "cycorder" is by far the best. If you are not jailbroken there is no true video recorder. You can get ivideocamera from the app store, but I am pretty sure all it is doing is taking rapid screenshots and recording audio. Not very good, low frame rate, but I guess for $1 U.S. it is ok.

I have a iphone 3g that is jailbrooken. So I installed cycorder to get video, but when you go to run it. The sreen goes black for a sec then goes back to the spring board screen. Has anyone had this happen to them and how did you fix the problam so it would run

rneal, i am having the same issue... when i try to open cycorder it just blanks out... jailbreak 3g 4.0.2... does anyone have a clue?

Cycorder doesn't work for any 4.0 firmware...but Cycorder needs to be updated because no other video recorder could keep recording after you click out of the app.

I have tried several times without success to use the highly recommended Cycorder app in Cydia. For some reason Cycorder will not open. Is there a process I am missing? Any suggestions? Thanks

I'm having the same issue as a few others, I have a 3G running 4.0.2 ... When I run cycorder it goes to a blank screen then drops back to the many ... Anyone have any ideas?

I have a iphone 3g that is jailbroken. So I installed cycorder to get video, but when you go to run it. The screen goes black for a sec then goes back to the spring board screen. Has anyone had this happen to them and how did you fix the problem so it would run...version 4.1 and Modem firmware is 06.15.00

I have having the same problem, I install it and try to run it and it's just black for a second then jumps back to spring board, I can't be the only one on here that this is happening to and I've searched all over and nothing except the few people that have posted here. What's the deal. Any help out there?!

I`ve installed cycorder thro Cydia on my 3g-----how do I make it an icon on startup screen and then run it?

hey frndzz,
i m not able to open cycorder on my iphone. autometicaly that app is closing. what i can do? plzz zhelp

i had downloaded the cycorder in my iphone...it did work, but suddenly yestday when i wanted a imp discussion to be recorded i started recording till the memory was over , and when i wanted to retrieve and play the eror said this movie cannot be opend.... im struck pls help..

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