Video Recording On The Pre: Seeing Is Believing | webOS Nation

Video Recording On The Pre: Seeing Is Believing

by Jason Robitaille Fri, 25 Sep 2009 12:35 pm EDT

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We all knew it was just a matter of time before video recording came to the Pre. The camera and other hardware are easily strong enough to support it.  It's just the software that needs to be upgraded.

Over last few weeks there's been some interesting unofficial developments in this area.  Way back on August 6th, the user cpcrook first reported getting video recording working from commandline.  Since then, the WebOS-Internals wiki page on video recording has grown and video recording is looking like a realistic possibility in the future.

A same video from the Pre's camera from zonyl can be found here and it looks pretty darn good; 30fps at 320x480px with pretty good clarity and color.  In addition, an open source video camera service and test application have been posted, with using reporting varying levels of success.

There are a few caveats, of course.  Video is limited to 320x480, doesn't have sound, and comes out by default badly formatted.  And by badly formatted, I mean most video players won't be able read the file. If you are brave enough to test out this stuff, one player that does seem to be able to show the videos is SMPlayer.

Considering the Pre's hardware can reportedly handle up to 720x480@30fps, hopefully we'll one day see a high quality official software solution from Palm. Until then, long live homebrew!