Windows Phone 7 will support video recording

I just came across some weird info found by WMexperts who has a list of Windows Phone 7 shortcomings that they found on a guys blog who attended TechED last week. One thing doesn’t right at all:

No Video Capture Support. Phones will have a camera but not video capture support, and also no video brush.

Now I’m not exactly sure what he is talking about here. Video Capture support in Silverlight on WP7? Or video capture support in the OS? If it’s in SilverLight then he can be right because this functionality was only recently introduced in Silverlight 4 on the Desktop (support for webcams with real-time brushes and shaders effects). If it’s in the OS that he is wrong, unless something has changed at the last minutes (I don’t think so). Video Capture is supported in windows Phone 7 as seen in the screenshot above from the Emulator (notice you can select between taking snapshots and videos). Now it is not known if third-party applications will have a direct access to this functionality in the first release thought. And I should remind you that the LG Panther / GW910 does support HD 720P video recording.

Regarding his other points he is mainly right but you have to look at those restrictions from the point of vue of a third party developers. For example the no BlueTooth API stuff is half true. It’s true that there’s no BT API exposed right now to Third-party devs but one does exist in WP7 (for OEMs etc). About his last point:

The TechEd demos of WP7 applications had a common theme; they crashed, hung up, or gave peculiar error messages. For a platform that is going to be delivered in the October timeframe (3 months away), it is hard to have much short-term faith in the new platform.

Well I suggest you check it out yourself and head to the MStechED website a watch the videos (or you can find some here). The majority problems came from the network (3G/Wifi) and applications who couldn’t connect to retrieve data.

Source: DotNET via WMExperts

  • vangrieg

    What this phrase means is that developers won’t have any access to the video stream, which makes impossible many applications, especially the augmented reality ones.

  • vangrieg

    What this phrase means is that developers won’t have any access to the video stream, which makes impossible many applications, especially the augmented reality ones.