how do i record video for 12 hours on an iphone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by warchieft2k, Oct 1, 2012.

  1. warchieft2k macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2007
    I want to be able to record for at least 12 house for an experiment. now I know at 720p i will run out of memory...

    I have and iphone 4

    is there an app that will let me:
    1. record at least 12 hours
    2. reduce quality

  2. jlake02 macrumors 68020


    Nov 2, 2008
    Doubt it.

    2 issues:

    1) power (unless you have a plug-in on the plane or one helluva backup battery)

    2) memory (be very difficult to get 12 hours of video on the phone unless you lower the quality to such a point where it's pretty crappy)

  3. warchieft2k thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2007
    it will be powered the entire time

    and quiality is not too important, what im recording will be watched at high speed play back...

    its a project im working on with my kid...
  4. warchieft2k thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2007
    I think i found an app...

    called MRCamera

    I will test it tonight and see if it works!
  5. p-rice macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2010
    Las Vegas
    If I recall, Camera+ on the AppStore will do this for you. You can select a lower quality setting for longer record times.

    Camera+ is the highest rated camera app and for 99 cents too.
  6. preguntonontrac macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2008
    Thats the app i used to use it works great for that not sure if the iphone memory will handle 12 hours thought, the app will reduce memory use but not that much. If you have a friend with an S3 it will make the job without prob or get a real camera for this...
  7. MadGoat macrumors 65816


    Jul 30, 2007
    AlmostDSLR has the ability to lower the quality of the movie along with several other options such as aspect, exposure lock, focus lock, white balance lock & lots more.
  8. tak437 macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2009
    FILMIC PRO is a great app and will work for you. It can go as low as 480x360 resolution with video bitrates almost half of the standard apple one. With lower resolution and bitrate, you shouldn't have a problem doing 12 hours. (I've never tried recording that long, but size won't be the issue) Power will be a problem if your not plugged in.
  9. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    camera+ has video?
  10. NemesisR6 macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2012
    If it's only going to be watched at high-speed playback, I would say a time-lapse of some sort would be a better solution.

    I'm sure there are camera apps out there that will let you do this.......maybe a photo every minute or so (720 pictures) at a reduced quality would likely yield much better results than a grainy, very low-res video.


    Here is an example.....
  11. MikesGravity macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2008
    Southeast MI
    This is a really, really bad idea. Your phone will most likely overheat and AT LEAST jack your sensor up in your camera. This is why DSLR's limit video recording to 12 minutes or so.
  12. haxrnick macrumors 6502a


    Aug 4, 2011
    Was wondering the same.
  13. Justinm59 macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2008
    It sounds like you want a time lapse. You should look at iTimelapse it will take a photo every few seconds and then at the end will make a movie out of them. That way you can have a hd video but take up less space. Works great for me but I haven't done anything that long.
  14. TJ61 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 16, 2011
    How high speed? Maybe what you're looking for is time-lapse photography. One app that comes to mind is Lapse It (which I have, but haven't played with much). As I recall they have a free version that limits the resolution -- but perhaps no worse than you'll end up with trying to get a 12 hr video to fit in memory.

    Also, I think there's a limit to how big a single video you can shoot (2 GB?). That's a problem you won't have with the time lapse approach. Also, some of the 3rd party video can be a little flakey -- doesn't necessarily store directly to the camera roll, etc.

    [D'Oh! Justinm59 beat me to it.]
  15. p-rice macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2010
    Las Vegas
    That's why I said "IIRC". I'm probably thinking of another app. I remember using something similar so I can stream smaller vids to my AppleTV without stuttering.
  16. Lukeyy19 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2010
    England, UK
    I agree with the guys about timelapse, if you're going to speed it up there's no point reducing quality to record thousands of frames you're never going to use, using a timelapse app you'll use a lot less space and have a much better video.
  17. MacFan782040 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 1, 2003
    Scranton, PA
    Did the OP originally say "on a plane"? Because I read it that way too at first... interestingly enough you said plane too. But there's nowhere in the original post about recording on a plane. I'm confused. :confused:
  18. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    This is the specific time lapse app I use. It's fantastic and can run for as long as you want.

    If we're all wrong and that won't work you'll have to give us more details as to why. I agree with the others who have said that even if you find an app that can do video for that long it's probably not good for the phone.
  19. BDoggPrelude macrumors regular


    Jul 19, 2009
    That's hilarious because for some reason I read it that way too originally.
  20. MuddyPaws1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2012
    In a plane, on a train, in the rain
  21. ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    This is not true. The sensor should not be damaged by such use. The phones temp will be fine so long as it is in cool conditions (i.e. 72 degrees or so).

    DSLR's do not limit to 12 minutes because of sensor issues. It is due to file size limitations. All of the popular manufacturers utilize FAT32 for memory card formatting, which doesn't allow a single file to exceed ~4 GBs in size. Therefore, due to compression type and bitrates chosen, they simply reach the max file size within 12 minutes.

    Panasonic micro 4/3 mirrorless DSLRs are able to exceed the file limitation by creating separate chunks that get automatically stitched back together seemlessly. Canon and Nikon haven't worried about the problem, and therefore haven't employed a similar technique.
  22. dccorona macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2008
    Theres also issues that can arise when shooting with "live view" (viewing what the camera is pointed at on the LCD screen). This can cause overheating issues. You get more time for photos AND videos when shooting with the LCD off/set to display info instead of the scene, and looking through the eyepiece instead
  23. MikesGravity macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2008
    Southeast MI
    I am going to respectfully disagree. Even with the current fast/large media, the limit is imposed because DSLR's are not designed to withstand the wear and tear of constant video shooting. I would not recommend shooting 12 hours straight (or even more than an hour) on an iphone and I am standing by that. Not to mention the processor stress.

  24. jclardy macrumors 68040


    Oct 6, 2008
    They limit recording because of file size. They can overheat when taking video, but it will take much longer than 12 minutes, and given the 4GB file size limitation they don't really have to worry about that. But on a DSLR you have much higher bit rates and are writing out/processing way more data than you would be on an iPhone and doing it with a crappier processor.

    But I agree with others, OP should look for a time lapse app instead. Better quality for about the same amount of storage space needed (as you will have only 1 large frame every minute or so versus 60*30=1800 low quality frames, most of which you will be discarding anyways.)
  25. rak007 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 31, 2011
    Happened same with me. I have no idea how but i too read plane somewhere when i read the topic, but it isn't there anywhere.. Interesting.

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