We found this great tweak over at FSM, from Mike Pan. Similar to enabling HDR photos on your iPhone 3GS, with a few simple changes to some plist files, you can have 720p video recording on your iPhone 3GS.
You can do this manually, and change the plist files yourself, or you can use the “easy” method, where FSM has provided links to the already modified files. You will have to have your iPhone 3GS jailbroken, on iOS 4.1, with OpenSSH installed. Before changing anything, make sure you back up your files, just in case you mess something up. Here’s how to:
The Easy Way:
- Download the pre-edited files
- Jailbreak your device and install OpenSSH
- Copy N88AP.plist to /System/Library/CoreServices/SpringBoard.app/
- Copy the 3 other plist files to /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Celestial.framework/N88/
- Reboot your iPhone 3Gs
The Hard Way:
- Via SSH, open /System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/Celestial.framework/N88/AVCapture.plist with a Plist editor
- Under the AVCaptureMode_AudioVideoRecording key, set the width and height for the capture key to 1080×800, respectively. This value controls the dimension of the video it is encoded at.
- Set the width and height for the preview key to 440×320. This value controls the size of the on-screen preview. It does not have any effect on the final video.
- Set the width and height for the sensor key to 1920×1080. This value controls the active region of the sensor, so basically, we want to use the entire sensor. This source will be automatically downscaled to the proper resolution at encoding time.
- Increase the encoding average bitrate to 20Mbps (20000000bps), this records a much larger video file (~ 2MB for every second of video)
- Increase the encoding bitrate cap to 40Mbps. Also, lower the minimum quantizer from 19 to 15 or something, just for the heck of it.
- Set the H264 profile from 3_0 to 3_1 (because wikipedia says so)
- Save and close this file.
- To make the phone playback the recorded HD video. Simply edit CameraRollValidator.plist and MediaValidator.plist, they can be found in the same place as AVCapture.plist. (If you don’t do this, the file can only be played back on your computer)
- Replace 768 with 1280
- And replace:
- Save these two files.
- Open /System/Library/CoreServices/SpringBoard.app/N88AP.plist with a Plist editor, and add the following under the capability node, this will enable HD recording from the camera app:
- Reboot your iPhone 3Gs.
We have not had the opportunity to try this ourselves, but thought we would share this cool tweak and see if any of our readers wanted to try it out. Report back, and post a comment below, if you have success or failure. This will most likely be packaged up and available in Cydia, but if you can’t wait, give this a try!