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Precorder Enters Alpha Testing Phase 172

by Jason Robitaille Tue, 24 Nov 2009 7:14 pm EST

Those following the PreCentral video recording thread will know this has been a long time coming.  Back before webOS 1.3.1, video recording was a pipe dream and would require a lot of work to get done in a successful, safe manner.

However, webOS 1.3.1 changed all that.  Many of those in the private beta developer release of 1.3.1 noticed Palm's GStreamer libraries were significantly updated. GStreamer, for those unaware, is the media framework used in the webOS and is responsible for camera operation and media playback. With webOS 1.3.1, essentially everything was there.

Evidently, Palm could release an updated camera service and an updated Camera application, and some developers thought they would. When webOS 1.3.1 went live without video recording, Zsoc (aka Prenosicator on the forums) decided not to wait for Palm and figured out a plan to create a 3rd party video recorder.

Zsoc rebuilt a modified GStreamer binary, to fix an issue that otherwise would require a pre-set recording time. With that in hand and Zsoc's understanding of GStreamer, I worked with him to build a custom service for video recorder and he built a webOS application frontend (with assistance from Roy from Pre101).

Well, it's my pleasure to announce the first alpha testing is now underway. Currently things are pretty limited and by no means polished. That said, it records at 30 FPS 480x320px resolution and it supports AAC, AMRNB, and MP3 audio encoding as well as MPEG-4, H.263, and H.264/AVC video encoding. In addition it supports mp4 and 3gp file output, with the option to enable the camera's flash while recording.  Oh, and the best part, the videos can be replayed in the Pre's video player!

For those adventurous, and aware of the many risks of using alpha software, the GstService and Precorder installation information/ipk links can be found at its wiki page.

Update from Dieter: How about a sample video? It's after the break!

Those following the PreCentral video recording thread will know this has been a long time coming.  Back before webOS 1.3.1, video recording was a pipe dream and would require a lot of work to get done in a successful, safe manner.

However, webOS 1.3.1 changed all that.  Many of those in the private beta developer release of 1.3.1 noticed Palm's GStreamer libraries were significantly updated. GStreamer, for those unaware, if the media framework used in the webOS and is responsible for camera operation and media playback. With webOS 1.3.1, essentially everything was there.

Evidently, Palm could release an updated camera service and an updated Camera application, and some developers thought they would. When webOS 1.3.1 went live without video recording, Zsoc (aka Prenosicator on the forums) decided not to wait for Palm and figured out a plan to create a 3rd party video recorder.

Zsoc rebuild a modified GStreamer binary, to fix an issue that otherwise would require a pre-set recording time. With that in hand and Zsoc's understanding of GStreamer, I worked with him to build a custom service for video recorder and he built a webOS application frontend (with assistance from Roy from Pre101).

Well, it's my pleasure to announce the first alpha testing is now underway. Currently things are pretty limited and by no means polished. That said, it records at 30 FPS 480x320px resolution and it supports AAC, AMRNB, and MP3 audio encoding as well as MPEG-4, H.263, and H.264/AVC video encoding. In addition it supports mp4 and 3gp file output, with the option to enable the camera's flash while recording.  Oh, and the best part, the videos can be replayed in the Pre's video player!

For those adventurous, and aware of the many risks of using alpha software, the GstService and Precorder installation information/ipk links can be found at its wiki page.

Update from Dieter: How about a sample video? It's after the break!

172 Comments

Heh, guess I'm the only one awake right now.

Anyway, great news guys. Its a shame to see homebrew taking care of everything Palm should have had done months ago. I appreciate your work but such talent and effort should be put towards other means rather than cleaning up after Palm.

I love my Pre but I'm going to be loving my Android phone soon if this company and it's business strategies don't step up to the plate.

homebrew will always be a step ahead.

I have to disagree with this statement. There is no doubt in my mind Palm launched early. They had no choice, launching after 3GS and in the midst of a slew of Androids would have been suicide. I know they will have the complete vid solution in a few months, the homebrewer's are just providing the solutions 'till then. I actually think developing these "fix" apps helps developers for later on, because it only increases their knowledge for those "other" apps we are all so desperately waiting for.

gotta agree 100 %

jcettison, well then, take your broke @ss home. Seriously, its like you're giving Palm an ultimatum by going to the Droid? Really, go ahead. The Palm community doesn't need you because people like you can't be satisfied at any cost. You're shifty. I'd bet you walk into restaurants and ask for your food to be comped because the people at the table beside you got their desert before you. Here's why I am truly satisfied with kicking people like you while you're down. You never say thank you. You love you Pre? Wow that's enriching. You place Palm developers and Homebrew developers on the same pedistal. Face it you as if one can't do their job right, you're gonna bail. These programmers, paid or not are working seemlessly to appease the thimble sized simple minds users like you have. They're tired of reading these boards and hearing of something that's missing, only to spread the great news and a first comment is you. Just say Thank You, have a Coke and a smile. To the developers who are putting in all the hours to make US happy, on this project and many more... Thank you,
Nofiguru

Ouch

Wow....nuff said. Lets get to work. Just keep the good apps that we are looking for and need coming. This is just in time for the holidays. Definitely going to enjoy the homebrew application.

Keep up the good work, and show me the donate button.

dude, the pre is just a product. if he isn't happy with it and gets a different product then that's fine.
you don't have to get so offended, it's just the internets XD

@sugarbird

i completely agree with you!!

i love my PRe' its a pimp-ass fone! and homebrew makes it a pimp ass fone...

a person at my college still had his "stock"...without any homebrew, preware, filecoaster or any of that good stuff!!!!

I believe palm does the whole opening up the video part of webos for developers prior to releasing,if they even do, a video recording app!! I kinda think that will be a third party app and maybe there will be multiple video recording apps that compete to get our business and from that we get the better video app!!

I would love to see like different modes on a later version like having the video footage look like a negative or even something like the ipod nano(the skinny one that comes in multi colors) it has a robot mode on it that would be cool for the PRe..or something even cooler!!!
-bryan

ps...ppl like jcettison will never be happy with their fones//hell if he goes to android that wont be good enuff either,

Actually, this is only possible because of an update Palm did in 1.3.1. If it wasn't for that, Precoder would not be in an alpha stage it is now. Show Palm a little respect. They are a small company, but it is your choice to leave.

Later

it works great love it........cant wait for all the updates their gana do to it,

why are you saying these things?. There are some great applications..that the droid could never even touch, that this phone has, and its not because their company 'has it together', community programming, is always of higher quality than somebody in a cubicle. Why not just wait. Palm is palm, not perfect, android is NOT perfect. I couldn't stand the droid, I did not like it one bit.

So it's better to give our thanks to these great programmers that give this FOR FREE.

Nobody is cleaning up after nobody, these people do it voluntarily. As far as palm, they gave what they thought the palm pre should be. It's been modded. The community and Palm, are not to be confused with ONE entity, they are TWO separate entities. And so, with in mind, let us just enjoy the FREEDOM we have with the relative EASE at how this phone, thanks to PALM, and HOW the made this phone, it CAN be modded.

i dont get it what other efforts??? this is the efforts that they are doing this effort is what is gonna make the pre better dont look a gift horse in the mouth//just say thanks and move on!

cant wait for this to go beta! the twitter apps better add a twitvid option now =/

Somehow I don't think so, I just had lunch...

Anyhow, I would right away try this, my Pre is unfortunately currently being replaced. Some issues with the headphone jack.

It's funny how wise Palms decisions can be some time. Including exactly those components into the WebOS update developeprs would need to easyly and right away use them for exactly that.

And sometimes Palm acts just stupid (nearly killing the app catalogue for the rest of the world).

Slightly disturbing to watch.

i think palm opened up the "video" part of code or whatever(I do preware and webos quickinstall but I dont develop or anything)
so they could get homebrew to do something like this then they see what people like about the video and what they don't like and i dont know, get out the kinks? anyway I just think its coincidental that they open up a certain part of webos and then stuff that was in homebrew is now default like TXT forwarding ETC

As written in the post:
Back before webOS 1.3.1, video recording was a pipe dream and would require a lot of work to get done in a successful, safe manner.

However, webOS 1.3.1 changed all that.

Palm is closely following the stuff the 'homebrew' community is working on. Sure it might still be coincidental, but there is a good chance it isn't.

Nice work and congrats to everyone involved in this initiative. Well done!

2 of us awake. Lol


Homebre 20 , Palm 5

Homebrew is ahead of official Palm on a lot of fronts, but when Palm does do something they do it almost as good as hombrew community does. That is why palm isn't tripping on homebrew, they learn from it.

(bad grammar and english I know but you get the point and it is 330 am)

Just installed via WebOSQuick install.

One word. Awesome.

And now after recording a few videos my phone, it just rebooted on its own while connected via usb...

2 of us awake. Lol


Homebre 20 , Palm 5

Homebrew is ahead of official Palm on a lot of fronts, but when Palm does do something they do it almost as good as hombrew community does. That is why palm isn't tripping on homebrew, they learn from it.

(bad grammar and english I know but you get the point and it is 330 am)

count me in .. Going to install this now before I got outta town

Respect to the webos homebrew team!

downloaded used and loved :) thank you thank you thank you

No live feed onscreen during recording?

Not yet.

Great App. Thanks

I have been awaiting this day like a crackhead on re-up day! A HUGE thank you to ALL involved, this couldn't have come at a better time. Video rec, audio only rec, choose your formats, keep LED on?! THESE are features in a recorder that are key and you guys really are delivering, so thanks again.

..now I can record the stupid shit my uncle says at the table on thurs, lol

I'll wait a bit to see if people run into any issues. THANKS HOMEBREW!!!!

Not working for me : - (, works great on my wifes Pre, I just have horriibbbbblleeee luck with everything on my pre.

Anyone else having problems installing this? I have the latest quick install, and when i go to install the GstService package after downloading it, I just get an error. It installs precorder fine(but obviously doesn't work without the gst.) So I figured let's try this the other way, root pre type in command line stuff, and it says the link they give you is invalid. Any ideas?

Still having problems. At first i thought it was maybe because i was installing it from Ubuntu Linux. Downloaded everything to the windows partition on my laptop. Same error. Here is a screen shot of the error I am receiving if anyone can interpret and help. http://www.fcprojectmayhem.com/error.PNG

yup - having the same problem here. Installing from Win7, QuickInstall v 2.9,

"ERROR: An error occured while attempting to install org.webosinternals.gstservice.ipk

Clearing state_want and state_flag for pkg=org.webosinternals.gstservice (arch_priority=0 flag=16 want=2
An error ocurred, return value: 4.
Collected errors:
Cannot find package org.webosinternals.gstservice
Check the spelling or perhaps run 'ipkg update' "

I had a problem with that and I just googled the error statement you wrote.anyway the solution

use command (dos)
find the folder with quickinstall in it and also have a webos doctor in the same folder,

type:
java -jar webosquickinstall.jar

it brings up quickinstall I am still having the problem and I have win7 ultimate and its been a couple of weeks I think its something to do with java and win7 not sure though!!!!

figured out the problem! I had my pre replaced last week. I had yet to do any tweaks or homebrew apps! After I went to tweaks in quick install and it put the prerequisite patches on the pre the program installed! Thx guys for this wonderful app!!

what about on mac?

Where can I download this app at? It's not showing up in my preware catalog. Please help!

Not in Preware yet... there's a link to the wiki page in the article...

GO HERE:
http://www.webos-internals.org/wiki/Application:Precorder
FOLLOW THESE EASY STEPS:
WebOS Quick Install
Easiest installation method is by installing GstService and Precorder with WebOS Quick Install.
Save the gstservice and and Precorder ipk's to your local computer.
Install WebOS Quick Install
Drag the gstservice IPK into the center of the WebOS Quick install window.
Click the Install button.
Drag the Precorder application ipk into the center of the WebOS Quick Install window.
Click the install button.
HAVE A GOOD DAY!!
its really easy to do its how i did it

OMG THIS IS SO FREAKING AWESOME!! Thanks Homebrew, Precentral Web OS Internals, and all the individuals that do all the dirty work for us!....

This is kick ASS!!

I think I may take the leap and install this, too.

Question: is there just a straight up Audio Recorder app out there somewhere? I would love to be able to just record some audio (or am I an idiot and have totally missed it this whole time?)

: )

I agree. There are so many apps that we don't have on the Pre just because of the lack of audio recording. These guys need to pull this out and make an audio service for other Homebrew apps to use. That would really start to open things up.

Works for me. Thanks!

just a bit of feed back: I installed via command line within my pre's term app. Maybe I should've waited to get home n use quick install by my excitement got the best of me. Anyway, it records! But there is no sound (for me atleast) and the video plays back a little faster than it should..

Still, for alpha its awesome!

@myself
Your an idiot. It works fine.

So....where's the donate button for these awesome (awesome!) devs?

works for me thanks, landscape soon?

lol, pretty sure if you hold it sideways it'll record in landscape. ;)

LOL best advice ever..dumbest question ever!!!!
LOL

I disagree. Unlike a regular camera taken photo, video isn't so easily rotated. Holding a the Pre sideways will just mean you have useless video that will play sideways.

I would think the ability to change the orientation is more useful here than in alot of applications.

nb

Unless, of course, you want to use that video in any other place than on the phone. All other major video display formats are landscape.

I think it would be more useful to capture in landscape if the visual preview were working. Then it would be possible to capture video in a manner that would more easily translate to what you will see on bigger screens. Maybe one day (and yeah I know this is an Alpha), but maybe one day the accelerometer could be used to help stabilize the video.

In all, I don't even think capturing in landscape is important, I just don't think it is a dumb question.

I think it's a very dumb question. Unless you frequent rotate your tv or computer screen, ALL screens are landscape. I can't tell you how many annoying videos people take with their point and shoot cameras where they hold it portrait and expect that that video will look amazing. It won't!!! It'll be sideways, or at best, if you have video editing software and rotate it, you'll have video with 2 black bars on either side. That's idiotic and it looks retarded.

But the video will be defined as having been recorded in portrait orientation, so it will play back on other things in portrait and sideways. Right? At least, that's what I think the original poster was afraid of. I guess I don't know how this app defines the video dimensions (having no chance to install yet), though, so feel free to correct.

mastercko,

Thanks, I was trying to say that. You did it way more eloquently.

nb

you're right.

I like the landscape comment, oddly enough. I'm use to finding Trolls and replying back, but a landscape mode would be good and using the Querty as some means of functionality with it

Yeah, about that donation button... ! You guys rock! its awesome to be part of a community that are willing to work hard for others' benefit (and, of course, the satisfaction of making something work that didn't before). Thank you!

Works great, just would like to see what im recording and be able to zoom. But I believe that will soon be added. Works in landscape to. awesome ! !

People talk about leaving Palm for Andriod,etc, lolol Hey it took the iphone yrs. before it could even picture text,etc. And also get all those apps. Just be patient and you wont regret it. Palm will have tons of Apps. soon very soon !!!

Jason, dude, you're ridiculous. At this point, I think about half of the code on my Pre is a patch or app that was either written by you or loaded on my phone via an application you wrote. I've donated before and I will again. Palm needs to hire you like last week! (Oh, and Zsoc, you rock too!)

thank you guys sooo much!!!! I really appreciate this.. I've been waiting for just this for soo long. Can't wait for it to go beta... but honestly I might just jump at the Alpha! :-D FREAKIN' YAY!!! :-D you guys are amazing! Thanks again to everyone!

works great. when i played video on quick time it played it sideways. not sure if i'm doing it wrong

You're not necessarily doing it wrong. I think different media players will play in different orientations. The video seems to play fine for me in VLC, but not in, for example, SMPlayer.

Jason, I too wanted to thank you specificly for all your help! you are an amazing coder and definately one of my Heros! Thank you so much for all the time, effort and amazing work that you've put in to this machine! thank you thank you Seriously Thank you!

@SUPERBIRDPMD

great freaking post. I completely love the Webos homebrew community.. They make my phone so much better I like it being low-key, for now then the public gets it, it makes me feel nerdy james bondish LOL...for instance:
I'm in respiratory therapy and a guy at my school has a pre, but when he pulls up the launcher he has a 3x4 setup and i have the 4x4v3 setup and i feel freaking special!!!

I just did the video recording alpha via quickinstall and I cant get my pre to display the video list in the video app, i went to USB mode and windows media player won't play the video either, IDK I would love any suggestions on what I am doing or if this has happend to anyone else???
-bryan

Jason, Zsoc, You Guys ROCK!!!!

Just in time for the holidays!

This will be on my phone as soon as I get home from work!

Donation on the way!

Now only thing we need - upload directly to Youtube or Vimeo. Thanks for great app.

This is the wake up I've been waiting for. Great start to the day.

+1 pman_lt

I know this is alpha testing but the audio was a little off from the video and I would love to be able to see what I am recording on screen.

Other than that, I can record video!!

First thing I did when I got to work was record myself walking down the hall and showed it off to my manager who also has a Pre.

A) THIS IS AWESOME!
B) THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
C) AWESOME!

D) ALL OF THE ABOVE

;D ;D ;D

I can't wait to see what more comes of this app in the future. My only major request would be a on-screen view of what I'm actually recording.

This is just in time for the holidays!!

THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!

Not bad at all for an alpha, the audio rec is a bit weak but dang a NICE start for Alpha! I highly recommend getting Internals app with this one to remove your opps recordings without need of USB drive mode :)

AWESOME WORK ONCE AGAIN !!! I may be missing something, but now that we can record video & audio, does that meen that palm upgraded the sd with microphone capabilities? Making not only voice recording possible, but apps like voice command recognition and even a shazam style app possible?

for me only work on video format mpeg 4 and aac audio... Sorry for my bad english...

Clappity clappity clappity!! {Jonathan}

Jason and Zsoc, in a few words...You guys are awesome!!! You made my Pre a lot better with this function. Thank you.

Woot! Just in time for the holiday, too. I'll load this up tonight. Probably have to take off my CPU scaling code to be safe, though. Not fair to mix and match alpha-grade patches.

AMAZING! I just got this installed and the video quality is MUCH better than I was expecting it to be. Sure, there's no zooming, but hell, I'm not biting a gift horse in the mouth! I love it! GREAT JOB EVERYONE!

Works great for me! Not a hitch. Thanks soooooo much for this. I've taken a few vids already and the quality is really really nice...posted a few friendly suggestions in the forums. This is amazing. Thanks!

don't use bad words on this site!!!!!

Orly?

Fuck critics, fuck your review
Even if you like me, fuck you
Fuck your mom, fuck your mom's momma
Fuck the Beastie Boys and the Dali Llama
Fuck the rain forest, fuck a Forrest Gump
You probably like it in the rump
Fuck a shoe pump, fuck the real deal and fuck all the fakes
Fuck all fifty two states! OOOO, AND FUCK YOU!

:^P

:))

are you on some Cheap drugs or what? Dude, you need real help,man! I am surprise that people like you even exist.Were you raised by animals or humans? Btw,you don't a pre and you sure do need help,real fast!

You Guys are AMAZING. People like you and places like this sight make me appreciate my Pre a hole lot more.

Precentral.net did it first and I am glad to be a part of the community. Keep up the good work guys let's show apple the we are not the Iphone~ WE ARE BETTER ~. Long Live PRE!!!!!

thank god

Would someone please post a video on youtube, so we can see how it looks. I

Here's a link to a video I made with my Pre today and posted to youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tt4it6heeLo

Sorry it doesn't ref the phone, I got so excited that it finally had video that I forgot to mention it! =)

what settings were you using?

Audio:AAC
Video:H.264/AVC
Container:MP4
Media Source:Both

thank you for posting the video

Has anyone been able to successfully txt a video? I was able to txt the video to another pre, but I was not able to play it on the other device.

I recorded the video with the default settings.

This is the exact same issue I'm running into...everytime I try and send a video via txt message It will not go through...I get a yellow exclamation point and when I tap it it says "Unable to send message. Device is full. Delete files to clear space." I know the app is still in alpha but can anyone help with this issue

yes,i did.

I love it except 2 things... one that you cant see what ur recording and two when i play back on pc like say in itunes it plays sideways but other then that.... its simple and I think thats all that is needed

Smarty. That's because you have to hold your phone sideways. Videos are formatted like your TV, long horizontally, and short vertically. If you try and hold it the way the Pre is normally oriented, it's the equivalent of standing your TV on one end and complaining that the picture is sideways.

It's sweet! Just recorded 2 perfect video clips with perfect sound. I never even had the initial blank video it said it would create one time. Awesome work guys. Nice to have for the holidays!

Sweet! hell yeah! i just installed it, its so easy to install and it looks so cool, this community is the best ever in the whole wide world.

Well, if no one's reporting any major catastrophies with running this app, I'm strongly considering trying it even in Alpha stage. That video surprised me a lot. Good deal, I like it.

I just installed ,very very good thankyou Pre|Central (video)

To anyone experiencing issues with the recorder, keep this in mind:

After recording a video, don't close the app. Set the phone down and wait, it may take a minute or two before the video is properly encoded and shows up on the Videos app.

I've noticed that if I record a video and close the app shortly after, half the time the video won't show up on the app.

Hope someone finds this info useful!

You guys are going to get me fired from downloading all these files at work. I don't think i can wait to get home.

Every time I start to get a leeeetle bit tired of the Pre you guys do something like this.

It's been said before, but Awesome!
nb

Like Corleone in Godfather III, "Just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPw-3e_pzqU

hey guys, where would the recorded videos reside? I recorded a video, then went into the video application, but do not see the video listed there. did I do something wrong possibly? both gstservice and precorder installed without a hitch? any ideas?

got it resolved; robobeau's suggestion is right on the money.....thanks.

for me, audio did not kick in after a few seconds, and it seemed to record at just a slightly lower volume. but for alpha, this is some FANTASTIC work. thanks for the developers hard at work on this!

When you plug in your Pre via USB, it's in the root directory.

I've found that the videos don't show up in the Videos application in their default format. You have to select MP4 format in Preferences under Video Format. Then it shows up on the device.

Once I learned how to orient the phone, it worked great. The only problem with video recording is a hardware flaw in the Pre, rather than in this application: The microphone is facing whoever is taking the video. This means that the subject of the video has reduced audio. I took a video of myself and the audio was significantly lower than when I was narrating a video I was taking.

Do you, or does anyone else know if this is the case with the iPhone? I'd imagine so, since it's hardly necessary to put 2 mics on 1 phone.

I wouldn't imagine that the iPhone has two mics. I can certainly agree that two doesn't sound necessary to me. I would think, though, that you'd either want the mic to be pointing outward when you're taking video, or else have the audio input gain at a sufficient level where the sound on the opposite side of the phone is normal volume.

One added bonus to this app is that the Pre can now be used as an audio recorder if you set it to record audio only. Two birds with one stone! Woo hoo! :)

Well i finally figured it out. HOWEVER im having a problem. where are the video's I recorded. I hit record say test. hit the stop record... Now what Do I do? How do I view them and look at them?

the first one doesnt show up.... do a second one and then it will be in your video app

am i the only one not getting video feed wen i record. but it does record just cant see what im recording

Nope...thas just how it woiks.

Jason,

For being down under and NOT EVEN HAVING A PRE, you really are an unbelievable programmer.

He's actually "Up Over"... Rod Whitby with WebOS-Internals is the one that's "Down Under".

Aww snap, getting them all confused now. But same for Rod! Jason, still a great developer.

I thought I'd point out that this story has been picked up by Andrew Mager (@mager) at ZDNet:
http://blogs.zdnet.com/weblife/?p=1221

Thanks for all the hard work guys. This is great!

Possibly a dumb question, but now that Palm has laid the ground work for audio and Video recording, and Homebrew has demonstrated its usability; does this mean that other apps say like Shazam can access the mic and or the camera (yelp) too? Or is it still too soon for that?

Awesome!

Congratulations on this, now put this into perspective - homegrown video - only in weeks done - working like a charm - alright Alpha, but look out and compare what kind of Alpha you made, it freakin' rocks the boat. Great quality and even more great features available...now try this flash thing on a iPhone...LOL.

Congratulations again and let me know where I can donate within the next days...

thanks! obviously still alpha but working!

maybe its possible to add a 16:9 Videomode like 480x270.
Ok Black bars on the Pre. But none on the Flatscreen...TV or Display

this works on and off for me. does anyone kno how long can u record up to? is there even a limit?

I haven't had any videos longer than 1:20 or so, show up in videos.

i've been able to load on the precorder app, but i get an error message when i try to load on the gstservice IPK, and the video app won't work without it.

jtalent, you need to install the Package Manager first.

"GStreamer, for those unaware, if the media framework..."
Should be 'IS the media framework'

"Zsoc rebuild a modified GStreamer binary"
Should be 'Zsoc REBUILT a modified...'

You can fix that by clicking on "Precorder" -> "Preferences" and selecting "This is freaking awesome so STFU about typos".

DAYUM! How cool is that! Even my iphone lovin' son was impressed! Oh...and my first video DID show up. Lovely view up my nose.

So, I installed this while I was sitting on the john. I went to the webos-internals page from the article, clicked on the link to the shell script, and downloaded it. Then I fired up the terminal, moved the script to /tmp and executed it. Worked beautifully. Many, many, many thanks to the dev! It's a good thing I discovered this while I was... er... casting a spell... or I would have had to change my underwear. Awesome! The video quality is excellent. I haven't had a chance to listen to the audio yet, but I don't doubt that it's also great.

is the shell script the bootstrap stuff?? I dont know how to use that stuff just yet I used quickinstall and I cant get terminal to work!! i have the manager service

For the first time ever my dad(who wants to switch networks to get the iphone)has finally decided to get the pre and let me keep mine all because of this app! I LOVE U ALL

Version 0.2.3 is up - use the bootstrap script to update.

-- Rod, the packaging and release monkey not mentioned in the article ;-)

ok how come i cant see what im recording but it does record

its an alpha be patient

So far here is my feedback:

1- Overall, it works great. Thank you!
2- Somtimes after recording, the file did not save, as if it never recorded.
2- On some occasions, the audio and the video were not in synch.

Thanks

Hadn't needed a video record option, but having this now is great! I'll be testing on Saturday at a concert :D

So will the video work if sent over text messaging? I just installed the audio/video patch but haven't tried it yet.

UPDATE: Hmm.. sending video over text (SMS) messaging does not work with Video MPEG-4 and MP4 container. It doesn't work in MPEG-4 & 3gp format either. Hmmm.. anyone figure out how to do this?

thank you keep up the good work.

yes this really is amazing. I am using the reflex600 patch which has made everything zip along quicker, my battery is getting great life, and NOW video! keep it up guys, you are making the Pre what it is!

amazing

Awesome work guys. Thank you So much!!!

I tried to send a video text and as others have mentioned, I received an error with the caution triangle. I changed the settings to audio mp3 / video h.263 / container 3gp / and left media source as both... This did not give me the yellow caution triangle, but when it arrived on my cousins iphone, he received an error message stating :one or more of the message components have been deleted by the MMS Adaptation. Either the message was too large or the components were unsuitable for your terminal..... dont know if this helps figure out the issue, but hey, We finally have a video recording app!!! Woohooo!

I was just sending an 8 second clip so i dont think the half meg file size was the issue.

Many thanks Jason, what a great holiday present!

Works good here!Installed via Terminal app.Like they said in past comments...The First Video you record doesn't show up in video app.Record a second one..wait one or two minutes..don't close app...It should appear in video app under video capture.Can't wait for more updates..Thanks Homebrew Developers!!

AMAZZZZAZZING! So much closer to what I expected from my pre. It's getting better. Oh, and I think it's a good combo of the badass hombrewers out there and the geek tech engineers at palm. With the not so frequent, but mostly stable updates.

That said... I tried with default and then tried with a few different settings. Not perfect but still much better than with some of my older phones.

I couldn't get it to send via text or mms... yet. I was able to email them. I'm sure the app will get much more refined. I'm hoping to see resolution choices soon to scale back when large files not needed and maxed out settings for those perfect moments you want to cherish! How good can this 3mp video cam get?!?!?! Let's see! the only problem is the 8gig storage limitation. Wish that could be fixed.

Keep up the freakin badass work!

i downloaded and installed using quickinstall. im recording with a blank screen. i recorded waited recorded waited and i'm still recording with a blank screen. i can see the videos in my video files and they look great but i cant see what im recording. i tried downloading the file twice and installing it more than once, still nothing. any help please. this is the only thing i can say the pre is missing a recorder i cant miss out on this. thanks in advance to anybody.