Add An Instant-Record Button To Your Home Screen And Never Miss The Money Shot

iOS/Android: Launching your camera app, switching to video mode, then pressing record often means the difference between catching a great moment and capturing the boring after-the-fact reactions. When you want to record a video on your phone, you want to record now. These two apps add an instant-record button to your Android or iPhone home screen.

The first, for iOS, is called Capture. It's $1.19 in the app store, and after installing it, you tap the Capture app and it instantly starts recording.

The second, for Android, is called QikCam. It's free in the Android Market, and it provides you with home screen widgets that, once set up, go straight from launch to record.

Capture seems to work quite well. I've got some complaints with QikCam (recording quality is low compared to my Android phone's default camera app), but it's the only app of its kind I was able to find on the Market. (If you find a better one, let's hear it in the comments.) Both will hopefully keep you from missing the best moments when you need to start recording 10 seconds ago.

Capture [iTunes App Store via Wired]

QikCam [Android Market]


    For Android there is also fastcam (comes bundled with samsung apps) - though in the store it seems to come up as superfastcam. Same job though; start the app and it starts recording video.

    In overlapping territory, there is Qik (not related to the qikcam you mentioned; in fact Qik was recently bought by skype) - needs a couple of screen presses (I think two), but it records straight to the cloud. Great for people paranoid of getting their phone smashed up by cops etc.

    The other option for Android is to use a Lock-screen replacement & launcher, such as WidgetLocker, which would enable you to place a shortcut to your video camera on the lockscreen, which would take you straight to your camcorder app.

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