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iPhone 4 Video Direct to YouTube Coming in the Future

Not long ago, I was seriously ticked off when I found out that I couldn’t upload HD video directly from my iPhone 4 to my YouTube account. What, exactly, is the point of a device that can capture HD video if it cannot then upload said recording? Sure, there’s an app for that. Yes, I can transfer video via my computer. However, I shouldn’t have to resort to either of those options.

According to a report MacDailyNews, Steve Jobs has said that this feature is “coming in the future.” Is it just me, or is this response just not good enough? Of course, there’s nothing we can do to change it in any way. However, I for one am not happy about this. One of the reasons I was so anxious to buy the new iteration of Apple’s phone is that I record a LOT of HD video. I believed that I would be able to record, save, edit and upload my video right from my device. How silly am I for assuming such a thing?

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iPhone 4 YouTube Video Upload Issue


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I uploaded a video to YouTube a few hours ago that I had recorded with my iPhone 4 while in my car. At the last minute, I decided to edit the video using the iMovie app which is available for only five bucks in iTunes. It was exceedingly simple to use. It has to now be my video editor of choice. It’s a fantastic app and I highly recommend it. The caveat, though, is the fact that the finished product would not upload to YouTube properly.

The video didn’t come out in a very high resolution. It came in at around 480×270. That’s rather small, considering the original source that was pulled into iMovie from the iPhone was a full 720p. When I exported the video at home, it displayed just fine at 720p.

Currently, the Photos tool which has the video upload feature that allows you to share videos to your YouTube account demolishes HD video. You cannot upload video directly from your iPhone 4 to YouTube, at least with default apps. I’m going to have to look for a third-party app. I’m going to let it be known, though, that Apple slipped up in a big way.

This is the first HD iPhone out there. It’s capable of viewing, recording and editing HD content. Publishing HD content isn’t happening. You can download your video to your computer and then upload to YouTube from there. We shouldn’t have to do this, though.

Once the video finally uploaded to YouTube, there was zero audio. The video itself was completely messed up. I don’t recommend trying to use the iPhone 4 built-in uploader at this time… not until there’s a fix.

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iPhone 4 Indoor Video Test


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I recorded a quick video with both the EVO 4G and my iPhone 4 at the same time. I wanted to compare, and let everyone decide for themselves which is the better device when it comes to video. I used the default settings for both phones.

The reason I chose to shoot indoors (with and without artificial light) was to better illustrate “extreme” conditions – knowing that people shoot video “inside” all the time with little regard for light sources.

Notes:

  • I didn’t edit the raw footage for a reason; compare sources for yourself. Original HTC EVO 4G sourceOriginal iPhone 4 source
  • The Evo seems to have a wider field of view compared to the iPhone.
  • The iPhone audio sampling rate is 44k (64Kbps) vs 8k (12.8Kbps) on the Evo.
  • Sunshine through my red curtains was difficult for each camera to handle.
  • The Evo lens seems to tint blue or red at times.
  • Frame rates were diminished on each device: 24fps (iPhone) vs 11fps (Evo).
  • The Evo produces an MPEG-4 “3GP” file vs an MPEG-4 “MOV” file from the iPhone.
  • The default Evo camera app is superior in features, but lackluster in performance.
  • Research indicates the Evo upscales 320p to 720p, FWIW.

Clearly, the Evo (with default settings) doesn’t hold a candle to the iPhone 4 (with default settings). I’m sure other camera apps would force the device(s) to record differently, but this test was designed to compare phone defaults.

While the iPhone isn’t perfect, I’d certainly consider it a Flip, Kodak Zi*, and Vado killer.

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HTC Evo 4G Indoor Video Test


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I recorded a quick video with both the EVO 4G and my iPhone 4 at the same time. I wanted to compare, and let everyone decide for themselves which is the better device when it comes to video. I used the default settings for both phones.

The reason I chose to shoot indoors (with and without artificial light) was to better illustrate “extreme” conditions – knowing that people shoot video “inside” all the time with little regard for light sources.

Notes:

  • I didn’t edit the raw footage for a reason; compare sources for yourself. Original HTC EVO 4G sourceOriginal iPhone 4 source
  • The Evo seems to have a wider field of view compared to the iPhone.
  • The iPhone audio sampling rate is 44k (64Kbps) vs 8k (12.8Kbps) on the Evo.
  • Sunshine through my red curtains was difficult for each camera to handle.
  • The Evo lens seems to tint blue or red at times.
  • Frame rates were diminished on each device: 24fps (iPhone) vs 11fps (Evo).
  • The Evo produces an MPEG-4 “3GP” file vs an MPEG-4 “MOV” file from the iPhone.
  • The default Evo camera app is superior in features, but lackluster in performance.
  • Research indicates the Evo upscales 320p to 720p, FWIW.

Clearly, the Evo (with default settings) doesn’t hold a candle to the iPhone 4 (with default settings). I’m sure other camera apps would force the device(s) to record differently, but this test was designed to compare phone defaults.

While the iPhone isn’t perfect, I’d certainly consider it a Flip, Kodak Zi*, and Vado killer.

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IZABO Video with iPhones

Funky band IZABO created their newest music videoOn my way – using a whole lot of iPhones.

Izabo’s music has been described as a “Brilliant, action packed combination of Psychedelic Rock, Disco, Punk and Arabic spices.” Featuring high-to-ultra-high vocals, twisting and expressive Arab-flavored guitar work, powerfully funky bass lines, arrogantly catchy keyboards and intense disco beats, Izabo have established themselves as one of Israel’s most absorbing live acts.

Their music is different and fresh… and a lot of fun to listen to. I dare you to play this video and NOT tap your feet or snap your fingers. I admit to some chair dancing.

Live Video iPhone


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I recently started broadcasting my live stream in SD widescreen (720×404). Once I made the switch via the Ustream Producer software, the live feed was no longer available in the current build of Ustream’s mobile applications. Moreover, I’ve been able to start pushing out a live video feed which doesn’t require Flash! This particular HTML5 version of my feed is truly of much higher quality than its Flash counterpart (and you can do a side-by-side comparison of the two in Safari on the Mac at the moment).

If you want to watch the stream in high quality on the iPhone or iPod Touch, head over to check out the new Pocket Pirillo application. You cannot watch it in high quality on Ustream, as I already explained above. Pocket Pirillo will allow you to keep up with the zany – or boring – moments in my life as they unfold in my home office.

You can also add Pocket Pirillo to your home screen if you wish. Thanks to Jared Pasanar for explaining it all to the community!

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iPhone Video Stabilizer Software


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While driving in the car, I decided to record something quickly with the iPhone 3GS. I was in my beloved Vader, a black Toyota Prius! The reason I recorded this video was to show you how you can easily stabilize your videos when recorded with your iPhone. The Video Stabilizer reduces camera shakiness and makes panning and rotation smoother.

Look at the difference in this video. It’s like night and day, isn’t it? You can see how much smoother it is after I’ve used the Video Stabilizer. You don’t even have to be a video expert in order to notice the changes!

You don’t have to download the video to your computer in order to fix it, either. It works right on your iPhone 3GS. It won’t work on any other devices, though.

If you are tired of shaky iPhone videos, then Video Stabilizer is likely the answer you’ve been looking for.

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Wide-Angle Camera Lens for the iPhone


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Yes, I’m using my iPhone to record this video, instead of my regular video recorder. The reason for this is quite simple. I wanted to show off the OWLE Bubo that was sent to me for review. How cool is this thing?! You can use this to extend the recording capabilities of your iPhone!

You can see that once I clipped the OWLE Bubo to my iPhone, I immediately extended the amount of area that was viewable. I didn’t move my phone at all, honest! That was all done by the OWLE Bubo. It has a lens attached to it that allows you to record videos with a wide-angle lens! It’s also capable of recording macro, as well!

The Bubo comes standard with a hotshoe mount on top for LED lights, four tripod mounts and standard 37mm lens threading so that you can put your own lenses on it, in addition to the lens that the Bubo comes with. The included microphone doesn’t work very well, so I’ll continue using the one I already work with.

If you record video with your iPhone, you’re going to want the OWLE Bubo! Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming special promotion on this excellent product! We’re working on that right now, and I will update this post as soon as I have the information in the next day or two. The team at OWLE has been fantastic about feeding me updates as quickly as possible, and I can’t thank them enough for thinking of our community.

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