VideoCapturePlus

If you want HD video recording, starting with the front camera by default, or use an (transparent PNG) overlay during recording (iOS only feature)? Look no further! All options of the default plugin are available as well, so you can still set a duration limit etc.
EddyVerbruggen1.3.043
platforms: ios,android
$ cordova plugin add nl.x-services.plugins.videocaptureplus

VideoCapturePlus PhoneGap plugin

by Eddy Verbruggen

0. Index

  1. Description
  2. Screenshots
  3. Installation
    1. Automatically (CLI / Plugman)
    2. Manually
    3. PhoneGap Build
  4. Usage
  5. Credits
  6. License

1. Description

2. Screenshots

Before recording, portrait mode (the 'Please rotate' text is part of the overlay png file):

ScreenShot

During recording, landscape mode:

ScreenShot

Reviewing the recording, portrait mode:

ScreenShot

After recording you can extract the metadata, see the demo folder for the code of this example:

ScreenShot

3. Installation

IMPORTANT NOTE for plugin version < 1.2: if you currently use the org.apache.cordova.media-capture plugin, remove it (otherwise your build will fail).

Automatically (CLI / Plugman)

VideoCapturePlus is compatible with Cordova Plugman, compatible with PhoneGap 3.0 CLI, here's how it works with the CLI:

$ phonegap local plugin add https://github.com/EddyVerbruggen/VideoCapturePlus-PhoneGap-Plugin.git

or

$ cordova plugin add https://github.com/EddyVerbruggen/VideoCapturePlus-PhoneGap-Plugin.git

run this command afterwards:

$ cordova prepare

VideoCapturePlus.js is brought in automatically. There is no need to change or add anything in your html.

Manually

1. Add the following xml to your config.xml in the root directory of your www folder:

<!-- for iOS -->
<feature name="VideoCapturePlus">
  <param name="ios-package" value="VideoCapturePlus" />
</feature>
<!-- for Android -->
<feature name="VideoCapturePlus">
  <param name="android-package" value="nl.xservices.plugins.videocaptureplus.VideoCapturePlus" />
</feature>

For Android, add these to your AndroidManifest.xml:

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.RECORD_VIDEO"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE"/>

For iOS, you'll need to add the CoreGraphics.framework and MobileCoreServices.framework to your project.

2. Grab a copy of VideoCapturePlus.js, add it to your project and reference it in index.html:

<script type="text/javascript" src="js/VideoCapturePlus.js"></script>

3. Download the source files for iOS and/or Android and copy them to your project.

iOS: Copy VideoCapturePlus.h and VideoCapturePlus.m to platforms/ios/<ProjectName>/Plugins

Android: Copy VideoCapturePlus.java and FileHelper.java to platforms/android/src/nl/xservices/plugins/videocaptureplus (create the folders).

PhoneGap Build

VideoCapturePlus is pending approval at PhoneGap Build. Once it's approved, just add the following xml to your config.xml to always use the latest version of this plugin:

<gap:plugin name="nl.x-services.plugins.videocaptureplus" />

or to use this exact version:

<gap:plugin name="nl.x-services.plugins.videocaptureplus" version="1.0" />

VideoCapturePlus.js is brought in automatically. There is no need to change or add anything in your html.

4. Usage

See the demo project for all details, but the most interesting part is this:

  window.plugins.videocaptureplus.captureVideo(
      captureSuccess, // your success callback
      captureError,   // your error callback
      {
        limit: 1, // the nr of videos to record, default 1 (on iOS always 1)
        duration: duration, // max duration in seconds, default 0, which is 'forever'
        highquality: highquality, // set to true to override the default low quality setting
        frontcamera: frontcamera, // set to true to override the default backfacing camera setting. iOS: works fine, Android: YMMV (#18)
        // you'll want to sniff the useragent/device and pass the best overlay based on that.. assuming iphone here
        portraitOverlay: 'www/img/cameraoverlays/overlay-iPhone-portrait.png', // put the png in your www folder
        landscapeOverlay: 'www/img/cameraoverlays/overlay-iPhone-landscape.png', // not passing an overlay means no image is shown for the landscape orientation
        overlayText: 'Please rotate to landscape for the best result' // iOS only
      }
  );

5. CREDITS

Cordova, for the original plugin repository, which is the basis for this one.

(James Gillmore)[https://github.com/faceyspacey] for the overlayText feature on iOS.

6. License

The MIT License (MIT)

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.