Comments on: Record Higher Resolution Video with SelectCam

SelectCam Palm SoftwareSelectCam is a new video-camera application for Palm OS devices. You can also set different quality levels and file size targets. The software will capture video clips to a memory card in any resolution the camera supports. Videos are encoded using the MPEG-4 Part 2 codec, which is more efficient than the H.263 codec used by Camcorder.

SelectCam v1.0 for Palm OS is available now with a free trial period. It costs $14.00 USD to register and is compatible with most Palm devices with a built in camera.

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oh wow, exactly what I was looking for

VampireLestat @ 10/8/2007 2:42:55 PM # Q
Very cool application!
This one goes on my list of "To buy".

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That's pretty impressive.

AdamaDBrown @ 10/8/2007 7:06:18 PM # Q
I wouldn't have thought that that could be done without deeper-level access to the device software than what the normal APIs allowed.

RE: That's pretty impressive.
happyPalm @ 10/8/2007 8:11:37 PM # Q
you dont need to access the lowlevel api. once you get the image from the camera and sound you just write to file or encode to mp4. the only problem i see is the speed encoding to mp4 and saving to the sd card.

RE: That's pretty impressive.
cstamper @ 10/10/2007 11:24:31 AM # Q
As a palm developer, I think this would be rather simple. Of course, you do need to encode it, which is no fun at all.
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false info

dmorgan924 @ 10/11/2007 8:25:05 AM # Q
this app is advertising false information. it does not shoot video at what the camera can support. it might make video higher quality via the mpg coding. but it shoots the same res as the normal palm video app. 1280*1024 is the max camera resoulution. and it makes it sound like you can shoot video in this.
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cstamper @ 10/11/2007 9:24:15 AM # Q
Seriously!? How did you find out??

That is quite shocking!!!

RE: false info corrected
Ryan @ 10/11/2007 10:22:10 AM # Q
After speaking and confirming with the developer I have updated the article.

There was some misleading wording in the developers product description (since revised and clarified) that led me to believe it would shoot in larger pixel sizes. However it can not go higher than 352x288, but gives you much more control over the video quality.

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Has potential

drbuzz0 @ 10/17/2007 7:26:00 PM # Q
I'm glad somebody has gone to the trouble of making an application which records video other than the built in one. I hope this goes somewhere, but at the moment it feels like an "alpha" release.

It DOES NOT record sound.

It records the video as mpeg-ASP. Basically the codec is the same as Divx 3. However, it takes time to write indexes and doesn't always do a great job with encoding on the fly.

The efficiency makes it clear that the application does not take advantage of the multimedia extensions of the xscale processor hardware.

In any case: I bought it, because I do hope that development continues. I find the camcorder application that is built in to be lacking.

But at this point, don't expect much from this. It has potential though...

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