MapRecord, by developer zhihmeng, is a slightly better than average camera recorder iPhone app, but one that comes with a whole host of GPS-enabled functionality. The iPhone app makes it easier than ever to record HD video with location-based extras, and though MapRecord is not yet a complete package, it’s at least worth the low price of entry. Let’s explore the iPhone app review to see what’s under the hood of MapRecord.
Concept and Functionality
As mentioned, MapRecord seeks to fill one gap in the App Store, and one gap only: That is, the appropriately map-sized hole for a video recorder that simultaneously captures images and location data at the same time. Using the iPhone’s built-in GPS capabilities, MapRecord polls the skies, determining your location before and during the shoot. This information is displayed along the bottom left in the form of a Google Maps square. As you move, so does the GPS dot. Not only that, but MapRecord will even track how fast you’re moving, as well as how far. This could (potentially) lead to some interesting racing mechanics—I mean, only if you wanted to. . . .
Once recorded, videos are saved in-app for viewing later, along with their location data. Playback was flawless, and the included media player is very functional, as well. We greatly appreciated the various settings that were included, especially the option to change the video resolution, as well as the ability to turn Auto Focus on or off.
However, there’s a serious problem with MapRecord’s packaging, and it comes in the form of integration: There’s just no easy way to move video out of the application and onto either your desktop or your favorite social media sites. There’s currently no exporting straight to YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter, which comes as a major drag, especially as quick social networking is a must-have these days for any photography application. It’s an even stranger omission, considering the quality of the video recording.
Design and Layout
The app’s layout reminded us a lot of other videography apps like FiLMiC Pro, as all the necessary features are within thumb’s reach from the main dashboard. We also liked the smooth recording functionality, and how we didn’t have to think about shots: MapRecord is entirely a point-and-click affair.
However, even more camera filters would have been a great addition. The ability to swap between map and recording modes is fantastic, but adding framing overlays would be a great place to start.
Clocking in at $1.99, MapRecord is easily worth the price of entry, if not for the HD recording alone. It’s a neat way to record video with location-based data added on, though without any kind of quick exporting to the Internet, it’s a fish out of water. Hopefully future updates bring this functionality, because until then, MapRecord is a hard recommendation.
MapRecord requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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