Record near-HD resolution video on your iPhone 3Gs

If you’re an iPhone 3Gs owner who’s been experiencing iPhone-4-HD-Envy, gather ’round, and prepare to be blown away.

A self-labeled “CG Generalist/Photographer” by the name of Mike Pan has devised a way to shoot near-HD quality video on his jailbroken iPhone 3Gs! No Joke! …at least, I HOPE it’s not a joke.  By making a few small changes in a plist (preference) file, Mike was able to nearly double his iPhone camera’s resolution from 640×480 to 1080×800!  Sick!  Check out the embedded sample video below.

Couple this higher resolition with a fancy grip like the Owle Bubo, and you’ve got yourself one hell of an video camera upgrade.

We’ve known for a while that the 3Gs chip could support higher resolutions (here’s a FastCompany article from June, 2009), but this is the first time we’ve actually been able to shoot higher resolutions.

Mike explains the entire process on his blog.  But Redmond Pie goes one step further, making the update even easier with screenshots and pre-patched, downloadable files.  That said, I noticed a few comments on this YouTube page that seem to suggest it might be better going with the manual process described on Mike’s blog.  Naturally, you always run risks when jailbreaking or modifying your iDevices.

I’m about to sell my iPhone 3Gs on ebay, so I can’t easily test this out. If you try the patch, please share your experiences in the comments below.  (If you’re interested in my 3Gs on ebay, I’m selling it with a bunch of extras right here)


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Video: The HHH Mobile Filmmaking presentation at LACPUG

Just in case you missed my Mobile Filmmaking presentation at the Los Angeles Creative Pro User Group back in July, here’s a (low angle) video of the whole enchilada! It’s PACKED with apps and accessories you need to know! Check it out! And as always, if you dig it, share it!

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The New GLIF tripod mount looks awesome!

UPDATE – MAY 30, 2017: Having successfully wrapped up its Kickstarter campaign, the GLIF is now available for purchase directly from the Studio Neat website! The GLIF will run you $28, while the full set with hand grip and wrist strap will set you back $55. The GLIF, one of the first iPhone camera accessories is still one of the best. And it’s about to get even better! Just in case you’ve been avoiding every article ever written about mobile filmmaking, the GLIF is a pocket-sized tripod mount for your iPhone.


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3 Responses

  1. As far as I know, it doesn’t. I’ve put an email into the Owle guys to get clarification on all their current models. I’ll post as soon as I know.