Oresund: iPhone App Video Review
When it comes to our media production utilities on the iPhone, we’re known for being a bit picky. We like applications that allow us to record sounds at the sample rates we want, and with the bit rates we desire. If we’re recording video, we like frame rate options and easy exporting functions. Thankfully, developer Hiroshi Egami understands our pain, having created the fully-functional and highly efficient Oresund Audio and Video Recorder. The app makes it simple to record both sound and film from our iPhone, and then easily send it to either our computer or our DropBox account. The design is a little rough around the edges, but the functionality is there in spades. For our full thoughts on this iPhone recorder, check below beyond the break.
Concept and Functionality
As mentioned in the title, Oresund allows the user to record not only audio from their iPhone, but video as well. These two areas are stored in separate sections within the app, creating a distinctly bi-focused front. In terms of audio recording, Oresund behaves quite well. The recorder runs on a simple push to record, tap to finish mechanic, saving all recorded files directly to the file viewer where they can either be shared to your desktop with WiFi sync, or automatically uploaded to your DropBox account. We especially appreciated the latter, as we’re huge fans of the cloud-based service. Lastly, we loved the option to set our own desired bit and sample rate, as we’re somewhat picky about our audio, and like to have total control.
The video recorder operates on a similarly simple system, offering a wealth of settings to pacify the advanced user. There’s a quick orientation lock, as well as an automatic exposure setting. Additionally, users can modify the quality and mirror effects to meet their needs. And, of course, all of this comes with the aforementioned DropBox support for uploading.
Design and Layout
But as much as liked the added functionality of both recorders, we found ourselves wishing for a design that was a little less rough around the edges. Both recorders are somewhat barebones, offering no real aesthetic value save a stark monochromatic color scheme. Likewise, though the video recorder is amply efficient, we wish it came with even more options, like frame rate settings, take cards, etc. It’s not yet FiLMiC Pro, and though we can’t expect it to be, we’d certainly like to see some improvements along those lines.
If you’re looking for a quick way to record either audio or video (or both) it’s hard to argue with Oresund’s cheap $0.99 price tag. The app is efficient, works like a charm, and makes it easy to export your media. For that, we definitively feel the app is worth a buck, though we still think it’s miles away from being the last word in audio and film recording on the iPhone.
Oresund 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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