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Video recording/ camcorder apps.

rizole

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I'm filming a gig in June. I have actual camcorders and an action cam but also many Android tablets and iPads to play with.
I'm looking for camera apps with two features.
  1. Ability to record 2 to 3 hours of footage continuously
  2. Ability to dim the screen whilst recording.
The native cam on the iPads (5s I think) will record 2 to 3 hours no problem but you can't dim the screen making battery time the limiting factor. Anyone know a camera that will do that?

Android cameras are proving annoying. The native (Nexus 5) cam will only do 45 mins and then stops recording.
I've found 3 cameras that will record multiple hours. CameraMX and A Better Camera both record for multiple hours but the resultant files don't play/are corrupt and as both will allow the screen to be dimmed while recording, that's a bit frustrating.
The one camera that has recorded multiple hours no problem is Open Camera. That doesn't allow the screen to be dimmed so again, battery life is the issue there.

Any recommendations, ideas or leads anyone?

Heres a link to my first test video should you be interested.
 

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MobiLifer
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The filming app on the iOS that everybody talks about is Filmic Pro which I think is also available for Android. It also has a Remote Control App. Another one that is supposed to be good is Mavis.

Can you not connect a battery pack to extend the life?
 

rizole

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Can you not connect a battery pack to extend the life?
Now you mention it, I have a couple and there are 30 or 40 people in the choir. There's probably enough that will be happy to lend me a pack for the shoot to make it work. Good call.
 

terse

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The native cam on the iPads (5s I think) will record 2 to 3 hours no problem but you can't dim the screen making battery time the limiting factor.
As a workaround for the iOS native cam, you can lower the screen brightness manually using the Control Panel. Depending on which version of iOS you're using, you swipe up from the bottom of the screen or down from the top right to get the Control Panel. You can also adjust the screen brightness while recording if you need to.
 

rizole

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Open camera does have the ability to dim the screen... The setting is a bit buried. A few tests to check for reliability and battery packs will be redundant.
 

rizole

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you can lower the screen brightness manually using the Control Panel
I tried this but the screen kept autobrightening in lighter conditions. The work around is to cover the light detector at the front of the screen. Blu tack works just fine.
For reference, at 4k recording the Nexus produces 4Gb mp4 files every 45 mins. The ipads produce continuous files at about 7Gb per hour. Storage space is now my only concern.
 

rizole

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2nd test this week.
4 camcorders, 2 tablets, a phone and an action cam. 12 hours of full HD footage and around 90gb.
The nexus tablets are rubbish, the iPad not bad, my phone really quite good.
I've tried 3 video editors with Lightworks the best so far but that will only allow saving at 720p so I'm trying Shotcut next.
 

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MobiLifer
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I presume you are doing your editing on the PC? I’ve just joined a film group at U3A and the teacher is a guy who has been in production and film and training most of his life. He swears by DaVinci Resolve which is free for the basic version:
 

rizole

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I presume you are doing your editing on the PC? I’ve just joined a film group at U3A and the teacher is a guy who has been in production and film and training most of his life. He swears by DaVinci Resolve which is free for the basic version:
I think that's a bit more than I need. It shut itself down on my work pc because it didn't find the right hardware environment. It's got all sorts of professional end features and I'm just after a clean, capable video editor but thanks for the heads up.
 

Tiffany

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I currently edit video on my iPad with LumaFusion. The only problem with the iPad is a lack of a proper filesystem however I use Files and the apps File Explorer Pro which can connect to any computer, macOS, PC, Linux, and LocalStorage which places an empty folder in On My iPad in the files app. It's a hacky workaround but a necessary one for now.
 

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MobiLifer
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I currently edit video on my iPad with LumaFusion. The only problem with the iPad is a lack of a proper filesystem however I use Files and the apps File Explorer Pro which can connect to any computer, macOS, PC, Linux, and LocalStorage which places an empty folder in On My iPad in the files app. It's a hacky workaround but a necessary one for now.
Got to say, I love LumaFusion. Simple and quick but also powerful but of course only iPad.
 
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