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How to stop newly recorded iPhone videos from wiping themselves 'accidentally'

Have you ever recorded a video clip on your iPhone - only to discover it has deleted itself after trying to get the camera application to respond'¦ and are wondering why?

I've just spent some time at an IT Security conference put on by Kaspersky Lab in Cancun, and while some stories on the many and varied announcement that occurred during the conference are to come, I did learn a valuable lesson about recording video on your iPhone.

You see, if you use your iPhone to record video clips, there's a very important piece of info that you need to know to avoid accidentally wiping your latest recording - and thankfully, it's very simple - even though you'd have imagined it would have been simple for Apple to stop this rather serious problem from ever being an issue.  

Once your iPhone has finished recording a video clip, especially if it's a longer clip that ends up being well over a gigabyte in size, you need to give your iPhone time to properly save all of that information to its internal storage.

I've learnt the hard way, now on two occasions (as it took more than once for the penny to drop), that if you're recording video and you press the stop button to cease recording, you must leave your iPhone alone - until it's clear from the on-screen display that it has stored the video clip to memory, and is ready to respond to your actions again.

Normally, if it's a long video recording, you'll need to wait a few seconds while the large, multi-gigabyte file saves itself to the internal flash memory.

If, however, you don't wait, and start pressing the 'video to photo' button so you can start taking photos, forgetting that you have to wait because it's a long and very big video file, you'll probably do what I did: press the damn 'video to photo' button repeatedly in a vain attempt to get it to work before it's ready.

If you do this, because you normally expect your iPhone to perform instantly, you'll likely find (as I did) that the Camera application crashes - and you get booted back to the main screen'¦ with your just-recorded video not being saved!!!

It might also be because other things are already open in your multitasking tray taking up memory, or maybe not, but if so, then repeatedly tapping buttons such as that 'video to camera' button, is not only NOT going to help, it's likely going to cause you to lose your video clip - as has now happened to me twice'¦ which is VERY frustrating!

Thus, I've had to learn a bit of extra patience.

Indeed, this leads me quickly onto another topic - that of having too many things accumulated in a frozen state in the iPhone (or iPad's) multitasking 'tray'.

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I've read an article that swears black and blue that you can have as many things 'open' as you like, and it will never make any difference whatsoever to the performance of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, but personal experience tells me this assurance is pure baloney - despite some incredibly persuasive and strongly worded articles to the contrary.

The plain and simple facts are, despite any 'frozen' state your background apps are in, if you have too many things sitting in the multitasking tray, there is one strange symptom I've seen occur time and again.

This is the problem of the keyboard popping up, as you'd expect, when you tap into an area that can take keyboard input - like a text box, subject field or URL address bar.

What happens next is that the keyboard then immediately disappears - even though you haven't had the chance to type anything in yet. Thinking that it's just some weird glitch, you try bringing up the keyboard again - only to find it disappearing immediately yet again!

In these cases, fixing the problem has always entailed closing some, most or even all of the 'open' yet 'frozen' apps in the multitasking tray, after which a popped-up keyboard STAYS popped up and ready for your input, rather than disappearing after barely a second on screen.

So'¦ while the mightly Apple iDevice (in this case running on iOS 5.0.1) isn't perfect, it's still the platform to beat, and as with all platforms, has some idiosyncracies that you will inevitably need to work around - at least until they're fixed in a future software update.

Seeing one of my just-recorded videos disappear because the Camera app crashed, because I was tapping the 'video to camera' button is something I never want to see again, and it's easily fixed by a few seconds of patience.

Likewise, making sure that you close open apps you're not using minimises your chances of ever seeing the keyboard pop-up and immediate disappearing trick when enjoying your own iExperiences.

And'¦ that's that. I hope this seemingly obvious couple of tips genuinely help you in avoiding losing any 'just recorded' videos and dealing with keyboards mysteriously disappearing.

If neither of these scenarios has ever happened to you - then both good for you and lucky you. But if it ever has happened, or ends up happening, now you know why either scenario has occurred (at least as I see it) - and how to avoid it in the future!

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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

One of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

 

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