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video display recorderIf you’ve ever wanted to do video recordings of actions on an iOS device screen, a recently released app called Display Recorder ($1.99) may well do the trick, and it doesn’t require jail breaking your device. Just as you can take image screenshots of your iOS device by pressing the Home and power lock buttons at the same time, you can launch Display Recorder and video record actions on your iOS device.

Display Recorder is pretty easy to use, and though there are few bugs you may have to work around, the app holds a lot of promise of getting better, and it could save you the trouble of using an external videocamera to record actions on our iOS device.

How It Works

To use Display Recorder, you simply launch the app and tap the red record button. From there, you can record both video and audio of any action performed on your supported iOS device. Display Recorder works in the background, so you can close the application and video record any actions you do on screen.

To pause or stop a recording, you tap the red bar that appears when you close Display Recorder, and it will take you back to the controls where you tap the red button for pause, and the black for complete stop.

When you’re done, the video display recorder will merge the audio and video tracks and save your recording in the Recorded Items section of the app.

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Display Recorder’s Performance

I found the video recordings of Display Recorder to be better on my iPhone 4S than on my iPad 1. The recordings are not always smooth as some users may want, but they are acceptable for what the app allows you to do. On the other hand, I found the audio quality of Display Recorder not that good as on my iPhone; I could barely hear it. But when I exported it to my computer, I could hear it just fine.

Settings Preferences

Display Recorder comes with a slew of advanced preferences, including making changes to video quality, size, and orientation. You can also change the audio codec settings, sample rate and the number of channels.

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Unfortunately, you can’t remove the red bar while doing screen recordings unless you go into Settings – Record Settings, and change the “Record Type to “Video Only.”

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You can find instructions (including how to record screen and and sound of other applications) for Settings changes listed here on the support page.

In one case I received the following error message when I tried opening an app called SpeechTime. Bugunsoft says that if you’re recording an app that uses OpenGLES, the video may go black. To resolve the issue, you will need to open Settings in Display Recorder, tap “Video Settings” and change “Capture Method” to “Screen Capture.” It says that the “Direct Access” method is faster than “Screen Capture” method.

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Despite a few bugs and limitations which are explained on the iTunes Store page for Display Recorder, the app is a great solution for what it does. It has received several good ratings, but those that complain about the black screen during the recordings need to check out the instructions for resolving that issue.

Display Recorder is a solution that Apple will probably add to the iOS in some future upgrades. Let us know what you think the app. There’s no other non-jail break app that does video screen recordings like Display Recorder.

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  1. toqi786
    July 27, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    it seems like this app has been pulled from itunes.

    so i dne a search and found it externally.

    very useful app, and found this guide helpful also.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      July 28, 2012 at 8:58 pm

      Yep, toqi786, Apple pulled it. Why, I don't know. It's a very useful app, even with its limitations.

    • Cowboy
      August 8, 2012 at 1:01 am

      How do I find it externally?

      • Bakari Chavanu
        August 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm

        Hmm, Cowboy, I'm not sure. There might be a similar app for jailbroken iPhones. In fact, I read somewhere that there is one.

      • Jeff Rocas
        December 20, 2012 at 6:27 am

        You can find it through Cydia if you have jailbroken your iDevice. It is sold for $4.99 (why are Cydia apps more expensive than official apps?).

        That app is the original Display Recorder. The one at the app shop was an improved copy of the Cydia version, developed by somebody else. The original developer of the Cydia version made a complaint to Apple. That may be been a reason for Apple to remove it from the App Store.

        I recently jailbroke my iPad1, since it is unlikely I will keep receiving updates, and new apps are coming more compatible with iOS 6 than the previous reincarnations.

        Anyhow, the Cydia version of Display Recorder does not record system sound, but microphone sound. I've done a couple of tests, and it seems to work quite ok.

  2. MacKozer
    June 30, 2012 at 8:01 am

    It's been pulled already.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 30, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      Wow, that seems totally unfair. Wonder what's the excuse Apple is giving this time for pulling a very useful app. Thanks for us letting us know this.

  3. Laga Mahesa
    June 30, 2012 at 2:41 am

    Can't find it on iTunes; has it been pulled or is it on the US store only?

    • Bakari Chavanu
      June 30, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      Sorry, Laga, I had no idea they would pull the app.