Anonymous said: I like the functionality of Motion Pictures app but I am wondering if there is any way to keep the original full resolution of the original video that I import instead of compressing it down? I am willing to upgrade to pro if this feature is available.
I’ll check into this. The output should be the same resolution as the input movie.
About iOS 5
So, I messed up.
Shortly after the release of iOS 6, I started getting a lot of reports of crashes when using the app in the new OS. So, I updated my personal phone to iOS 6, diagnosed the problem, and put out an update. I double-checked that I hadn’t included any API calls that weren’t availabe in iOS 5, gave it a once-over in the iOS 5 simulator, and shipped it with support for the old OS still enabled. At the time, iOS 6 adoption was still slow because of the Maps controversy, and I didn’t want to ship an update that wouldn’t work for >70% of iOS users.
Then the iOS 5 crash reports started coming. I set about trying to diagnose the issue with an old iPhone, but it’s now entirely impossible to downgrade iOS devices with A5 or newer processors (iPhone 4S or newer), nor can they be jailbroken and then downgraded. Since this app relies on a video camera to perform its main function, I can’t diagnose issues like this in a simulator. As a developer, I appreciate that Apple is trying to get everybody to upgrade to a current version of iOS as soon as possible, but in doing so, they’ve also made it nearly impossible for me to support old iOS versions. I’m not really sure whether they want me to continue to provide any support for iOS 5 or not, which brings me to…
In hindsight, I should have dropped support for iOS 5 with the 1.7.2 update, and I intend to handle future iOS updates in this way. iOS 6 users would have gotten a fix for their crashes, and iOS 5 users would have continued to use the stable 1.7.1 release. At the same time, iOS 5 users would no longer see Motion Pictures in the App Store, but they probably shouldn’t see it if I can’t properly support them.
My mistake here was trying to support a platform when I’m not really equipped to. A temporary drop in downloads as everybody migrates once a year is worth it to me if it prevents hassles like this.
Because of everything I just said, there’s no patch on the way for this issue. If you’re having trouble with Motion Pictures on iOS 5, I’d suggest upgrading to iOS 6 (Google’s standalone Maps app is excellent, by the way). If you can’t do that, send me a message along with contact info and I’ll see about getting you a copy of 1.7.1 on TestFlight.
Version 1.7.2 in App Store
Just a heads up, version 1.7.2 is in the App Store. This fixes the problems many of you have been seeing with iOS 6, and adds support for the iPhone 5’s larger screen.
I have limited access to testing devices, so if you still have trouble, be sure and let’s know.
Thanks again for your patience!
Anonymous said: So when is that io6 crash fix coming? Also a positive, yours is the only timelapse app that can do less that 1 second per frame, 1 second per frame is too slow for use in a car. A++++
Thanks! I submitted the iOS 6 fix to Apple a few days ago, so it’ll be up on the App Store once it gets approved.
Version 1.7.2 Submitted
Version 1.7.2 was just submitted to the App Store and is waiting for Apple’s approval. This is a maintenance release which has been tested on iOS 6, and also adds support for the larger screen on the iPhone 5.
For those of you who were experiencing problems recording movies, I was finally able to reproduce the problem, and it should be fixed in this new version. I also added the TestFlight SDK, which will let me better stay on top of issues like this in the future. With luck, this will also clear up problems some of you have seen relating to auto-focus and auto-exposure settings.
Finally, for everybody who took the time to let me know about these problems, thank you! I want to make sure this app works solidly for everybody, so let me know if you run into anything else once the update is live.
iPhone 4 Crashes and TestFlight
Since the release of iOS 6, several of you who have the iPhone 4 have reported crashes at the end of a recording. Apple has provided crash reports that seem to coincide with this problem, so I hope to have a fix ready within the next day or two. But, I need your help.
If you’ve been seeing this issue, and you’d like to beta test a fix, let me know using the Ask Me Anything link. Be sure to include an email address where I can send a TestFlight invitation- I promise not to share it or use it for any other nefarious purposes.
Anonymous said: Hi ya Jim here again with issue below. Im using iPad 3 with version 5.1.1(9B206). Record setting don't make any difference but below is an example. 500frames,5secs between frames,5secs before start,25fps,stop at low batt on,auto focus on, auto lock focus on. Let me know if u need any further details. Currently makes the pro version useless. Cheers
Thanks, that’s everything I need. This issue is still proving to be elusive for me, but I’m planning to do some in-depth testing on iOS 6, and there’s also a major update in the works, and I’ll figure this out one way or another before that ships.
Anonymous said: Hi, since upgrading my iPhone 4 and iPad2 to iOS6, motion pictures has stopped working. The application just goes on recording after the alloted time is up. If i stop it manually, the app freezes and nothing is saved to camera roll. I'd like to upgrade to Pro, but is it gonna work? Thanks.
Sorry to hear you’re having trouble. I can’t reproduce this problem with my iPhone 4S on iOS 6, but I’ll try to track down an iPhone 4 and see what happens. In the meantime, it’d be helpful to know what recording settings you used- number of frames, seconds between frames, etc. You may also want to check your Photos privacy settings (Settings -> General -> Privacy -> Photos). If there’s an entry for Motion Pics there, make sure to allow it access. Also, please DON’T upgrade to premium until we get this fixed, as that almost definitely won’t fix the problem- the free version is supposed to work.
Anonymous said: Hi, I have just purchased the pro version.However when I click exposure and focus to "set"and I set the exposure and then click 2 more times to lock it, when I have the picture looking nice and all settings locked ,when I click to start recording it changes all the locked settings and starts recording totally different setting, all of which are over exposed. Please can you assist me or let me know what I doing wrong, only purchased the pro to get the exposure and focus lock
I’m sorry to hear that you’re having trouble. I’ve gotten a few other reports about this problem, but I haven’t been able to reproduce it on my own devices.
Please let me know what kind of device you’re using, along with the version of iOS that you’re running. It would also be helpful to know what recording settings you’re using in the app.
Anonymous said: Can you tell me why when I email these clips from an iPad3 the clips seem to loose the crip image quality they have when you view them on the device?
When you email a movie in iOS, it is heavily compressed so it can be sent more quickly, but this degrades the image quality. The same is generally true for doing things like posting the movie to YouTube or Facebook.
Your best bet is to connect your iPad to your computer and retrieve the original movie directly, either through Image Capture if you’re using a Mac, or Windows Explorer on a PC.