Jailbreak tip: How to enable HD video recording on iPhone 3GS

Are you an iPhone 3GS user who's wondered how-to enable HD video recording without having to upgrade to an iPhone 4? Well, if you're not afraid of Jailbreak and are comfortable with SSH, there is a new hack available to let you get your HD on. Now the iPhone 3GS simply doesn't have the same quality camera as the iPhone 4, but this tweak will take your video recording from a measly 640x480 to 1080x800.

To install this tweak, ensure you are jailbroken and follow the steps below:

  • Download the HD Video files to your computer.
  • Go to Cydia and install OpenSSH on your iPhone 3GS.
  • Connect your 3GS to your computer and make sure iTunes is NOT running.
  • Download and install Cyberduck for Mac or WinSCP for Windows.
  • Cyberduck Settings
    • Server: The IP address of your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. Settings –> WiFi –>
    • Username: root
    • Password: (your SSH password, because you remembered to change it from the default "alpine", right?)
    • Protocol: SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol)
  • WinSCP Settings
    • Hostname: The IP address of your iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. Setting –> WiFi –>
    • User name: root
    • Password: alpine
    • Protocol: SCP
  • Navigate to /System/Library/CoreServices/SpringBoard.app/ directory and copy the N88AP.plist file from the HD Video files you downloaded earlier and paste it into the folder you navigated to.
  • Now navigate to /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Celestial.framework/N88/ directory and copy AVCapture.plist, CameraRollValidator.plist and MediaValidator.plist from the HD Video files you downloaded earlier and paste them into the folder you just navigated to.
  • Reboot your 3GS and you now have HD video recording.

A word of caution, if you are not an experienced user who has SSH'ed into your phone before be very careful as this can cause issues and require a restore if done incorrectly. As always do this tweak at your own risk. If you have an iPhone 3GS and you do this mod let us know how it worked for you and how the install process went for you.

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Neos says:

From my experience its recording even smoother (higher bitrate/fps) than originally, but one thing to note: that mod cannot change the aspect ratio, so at 1080x800 video is streched, not much but it IS. I would go with 960x720 resolution. More info here: http://blog.mikepan.com/enable-720p-video-recording-on-iphone-3gs/

BRS says:

Does this only work for iOS 4.1?

Boots says:

Tried this, didn't work, guess I can try again though.

Patrick says:

Worked for me. I followed the instructions. To make sure that it worked, I copied the video to my desktop using SSH again. I then went to the properties and saw that the resolution was 1080×800.
Awesome tip!

Maggard says:

Worked, but KILLED my camera. Videos are awesome but my normal camera has massive stuttering, enough to make it unusable.
Sigh I smell a restore in my future.

Miktia says:

Worked for me. iPhone 3GS running 4.1
Did not kill the camera or anything. Just great!
BUT. I Used these instructions.http://blog.mikepan.com/enable-720p-video-recording-on-iphone-3gs/
It's updated version (Rev 3) of TipB link(Rev 2) which is fixing major bugs.

Brian Tufo says:

Miktia thank you. I updated the link to include the latest versions.

conedude13 says:

i think i'll just wait for this to be added as an extension in cydia to make for easier install but even a more easier uninstall.
thanks for the heads up tho.

Mandy says:

Thanks for sharing this. it worked for me perfectly and can;t find other issues.
Recording Studios

Miktia says:

Don't know if anyone is reading this, but there's Rev4 out, improving some things.
http://blog.mikepan.com/enable-720p-video-recording-on-iphone-3gs/

MJ3gs says:

Could not display video error. not even able to copy the .MOV file.
any idea?