Experience with video on the iPhone 3GS

Chris Brooker
July 13, 2009
Hey all! This week I tried a grand old experiment which ultimately failed totally and completely.
As I was not going to be home Friday night, I wasn’t going to have a chance to edit and upload the cheesy pick-up line Friday segment. So I decided to film it on the my new iPhone 3GS.
Filming it was no problem, I recorded an intro, 2 pick-up lines and an outro as 4 seperate clips. In case you were wondering I did it in my car as it was the best place for the mic on the iPhone to pick up only the sound of my voice.
I trimmer the intro clip and the firtst pick-up line then tried to join them together. Nope, you can’t do that on the 3GS. All you can do it trim the beginning and end of a video clip. I thought I saw a video somewhere, maybe it was a beta, of someone joining clips on the phone. But on mine it couldn’t be done.
I then thought I could upload all the clips and join them on YouTube. I picked the intro and selected upload to YouTube, it “compressed the video” and sent me to the video meta data screen on YouTube. I typed in all the test needed on the portait only keyboard and hit upload. The app immediately crashed and returned me to the springboard. ARGH! So I start again, pick the video, wait for the “Compressing video” fill out all the information, press upload. It starts uploading and says “Upload failed”. Double ARGH!
I give up on the intro and just upload the short 6 secs clips of just the pick-up lines. these actually went up. What a frustrating experience.
Sunday I took the clips into Premiere Pro CS4 and quickly pulled out an edited version which is what you see now. I also upscalled the videos to 720p.
Apple, can we join clips soon?

Hey all! This week I tried a grand old experiment which ultimately failed totally and completely.

As I was not going to be home Friday night, I wasn’t going to have a chance to edit and upload the cheesy pick-up line Friday segment. So I decided to film it on the my new iPhone 3GS.

Filming it was no problem, I recorded an intro, 2 pick-up lines and an outro as 4 seperate clips. In case you were wondering I did it in my car as it was the best place for the mic on the iPhone to pick up only the sound of my voice.

I trimmer the intro clip and the firtst pick-up line then tried to join them together. Nope, you can’t do that on the 3GS. All you can do it trim the beginning and end of a video clip. I thought I saw a video somewhere, maybe it was a beta, of someone joining clips on the phone. But on mine it couldn’t be done.

I then thought I could upload all the clips and join them on YouTube. I picked the intro and selected upload to YouTube, it “compressed the video” and sent me to the video meta data screen on YouTube. I typed in all the test needed on the portait only keyboard and hit upload. The app immediately crashed and returned me to the springboard. ARGH! So I start again, pick the video, wait for the “Compressing video” fill out all the information, press upload. It starts uploading and says “Upload failed”. Double ARGH!

I give up on the intro and just upload the short 6 secs clips of just the pick-up lines. these actually went up. What a frustrating experience.

Sunday I took the clips into Premiere Pro CS4 and quickly pulled out an edited version which is what you see now. I also upscalled the videos to 720p.

Apple, can we join clips soon?

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