Display Recorder for jailbroken iPads lets you record the screen

You’ve seen my post screencasts from my Galaxy Tab on this site and I have to say that it’s just awesome to be able to make videos like that without aiming a camera at the screen. When I first jailbroke the iPad I looked for something to allow me to do the same on the iPad, but found nothing. Turns out that the Cydia search feature was being a jerk, and all I needed was the right search term. Display Recorder is a $5 app in Cydia that does exactly what I need it to do, and I couldn’t be happier.

Display Recorder lets you set various options for quality, audio recording and trigger mechanisms, and then simply runs in the background and records your screen. The finished recordings can be uploaded directly or accessed via a web interface to be transferred to a computer. File sizes are very decent, quality is very good, and all in all it’s just perfect for my use – though it can’t record system sounds, which might be an issue for some people.

You might wonder who would have a use for this aside from bloggers, and the answer is very simple: app developers. This app allows someone to make excellent videos of their apps, both tutorials and trailers/promos. The only viable alternative is to hook up video output from the iPad to a video recorder, which is definitely not as simple as pressing a button and have the iPad do it itself.

With both Android and iOS now being screencast-equipped here at NBT, I will be looking into ways of using that to provide you with useful stuff. Off the top of my head I was thinking tutorial videos for things that might be difficult to do on the two platforms, so if you have any ideas or requests for things you’d like to see video tutorials for, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or send us an email.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets and tends to stick with his choice of device for a long time as a result of that. After a five year break from writing, he's back to share this view with the world once again.