Demo: Display Recorder iPad App – Hurrah and How Did This Make It Into the App Store?

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Well, well. This is quite a surprising new app to find in the iPad App Store today. It’s called Display Recorder and it lets you record everything on your iPad screen. This has only previously been possible via a jailbreak app of the same name, or via AirPlay Mirroring from the iPad to a Mac or Windows PC.

As soon as I heard this app had been released I had to give it a try, as I’m not sure how long it will stay in the App Store – this may be one of those apps that slipped through the cracks and will soon get banned. I hope not, but I wanted to grab it right away just in case.

The app works mostly as advertised. Here are a few things I noted in my very quick trial run with it this afternoon:

— It records everything well and syncs up video and audio well.

— It’s got a nice, simple UI and is very simple to use.

— It lets you preview a recording and then save it to your photo library or upload it to YouTube. For uploads to YouTube it lets you fill in details for title, description, keywords etc.

— Export to the photo library seems very quick – it took around 10 seconds to complete with a 50MB (approximately) 2 minute video.

— The YouTube upload fails for me so far – it gets encoding errors each time. Uploading the same video from the Photos app works just fine though.

I’ll definitely give this app some more use over coming days and do a proper review when I’ve spent more time with it.

Here’s an App Store link for Display Recorder; it’s priced at $1.99 and is a universal app designed for both iPad and iPhone.


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8 thoughts on “Demo: Display Recorder iPad App – Hurrah and How Did This Make It Into the App Store?”

      1. I’ve played with it a little and can definitely see some uses for this (like making training videos on the apps we use at work so I don’t have to explain it over and over again). I was impressed how quickly it could export to the photo library. Only knock I could say against it is when you are recording and go to a different app, it seems to lag a little bit (not horrible, but noticable) while opening the app. Overall, definitely worth the money though.

        1. Yeah, I would agree on the little bit of lag when moving between apps. Did you have any luck with uploads to YouTube?

  1. so I grabbed this app because I didn’t want it to get pulled before I got to play with it. I was intrigued because I have always wanted to save FaceTime vids. The playback on normal iPad operations is choppy, even when set to med vid quality and one level down audio sampling. the quality for FaceTime vids is exponentially worse. if you try to sample the vid with just the camera app, the video will not load and the app screams about some other app trying to use the audio and then ignores the entire audio sample. oh well! it was a cheap buy and fun to hope… maybe they will perfect the technology if apple let’s them hang around long enough for a second revision.

  2. I can’t see this lasting until the end of the week. Purchased just in case it does go away. Since I can’t (work provided) jailbreak my iPad – even if the app is functional in a basic sense it’s better than nothing.

  3. I downloaded and tried this app on my iPad 3. It appeared to be working, but when I opened the video in the Camera Roll it was black. The setup is so easy that I can’t see where I went wrong, but I obviously did since it works for others. Any ideas?

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