The Nokia N8 Gets Its First Mod: HD Capture At 30 FPS & Less Image Compression

What happens when the person who single handedly supported the i8910, when Samsung had forgotten about it, gets a Nokia N8? Mods. It has been barely a day since hyperX got himself a N8 that the mods have started to flow. He has managed to mod the N8 to shoot at 30 frames a second instead of the 25 FPS that it does out of the box. This results in a video that looks very smooth even during fast pans.

He’s been kind enough to upload the raw sample so that you can see for yourself. Unfortunately neither VLC or QuickTime could verify the exact frame rate for me, however I’m willing to place my trust in his claim and the video does look smooth. I uploaded the video to YouTube, but YouTube’s post processing ensures that the video doesn’t retain its smoothness. Its best if you download and see it for yourself.

The Nokia N8 Gets Its First Mod: HD Capture At 30 FPS & Less Image Compression

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The next mod that he’s carried out is to do with the stills. The average 12 MP image that the N8 takes is around 2 MB is size, but he has reduced the compression dramatically and his image comes comes in at a whopping 11 MB. Does it improve the quality? It is difficult to judge from the single sample that he’s provided, but the image does look amazingly detailed even when zoomed in completely.

Before you ask, there are no instructions on how to do this yet. But with hyperX rocking a N8, the modding scene does look bright. What mod am I looking for? One that boosts the FM transmitter to crazy levels, without frying the chip of course! You?

19 thoughts on “The Nokia N8 Gets Its First Mod: HD Capture At 30 FPS & Less Image Compression”

  1. Information about video file from MPC-HC Mediainfo tab:

    Complete name : F:51020100115102010011.mp4
    Format : MPEG-4
    Format profile : Base Media / Version 2
    Codec ID : mp42
    File size : 43.2 MiB
    Duration : 30s 244ms
    Overall bit rate : 12.0 Mbps
    Encoded date : UTC 2010-10-05 08:51:35
    Tagged date : UTC 2010-10-05 08:51:35

    ID : 1
    Format : AVC
    Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
    Format profile : Baseline@L3.1
    Format settings, CABAC : No
    Format settings, ReFrames : 1 frame
    Codec ID : avc1
    Codec ID/Info : Advanced Video Coding
    Duration : 30s 244ms
    Bit rate mode : Variable
    Bit rate : 11.9 Mbps
    Width : 1 280 pixels
    Height : 720 pixels
    Display aspect ratio : 16:9
    Frame rate mode : Variable
    Frame rate : 29.394 fps
    Minimum frame rate : 7.260 fps
    Maximum frame rate : 30.030 fps
    Resolution : 8 bits
    Colorimetry : 4:2:0
    Scan type : Progressive
    Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.438
    Stream size : 42.7 MiB (99%)
    Encoded date : UTC 2010-10-05 08:51:35
    Tagged date : UTC 2010-10-05 08:51:35

    ID : 2
    Format : AAC
    Format/Info : Advanced Audio Codec
    Format version : Version 4
    Format profile : LC
    Format settings, SBR : No
    Codec ID : 40
    Duration : 30s 80ms
    Bit rate mode : Constant
    Bit rate : 128 Kbps
    Channel(s) : 2 channels
    Channel positions : Front: L R
    Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
    Stream size : 470 KiB (1%)
    Encoded date : UTC 2010-10-05 08:51:35
    Tagged date : UTC 2010-10-05 08:51:35

    Interesting that it shows variable frame rate, from 7.260fps to 30.030 fps.

  2. Darius, thanks. I think that’s the reason why Nokia went with a steady 25 FPS as a slower FR is better than having dropped frames at a higher FR. That being said, there are indications that Nokia’s working on further improving the N8’s cam/video and a future firmware will hold the key.

  3. @Vaibhav Sharma – This certainly does look promising. I hope that when Nokia does updates to the camera they add an option for High quality which is what they have currently have and Super High Quality which is 11 MB version. I don’t think most people will notice the difference but I think it’s good to have that choice.

    And if Nokia or HyperX does RAW, I think they’ll have a lot of enthusiasts buying the N8. I know I would.

  4. Everything about the N8`s cam is great, but one thing I cannot understand is why is there no option for getting pics which are 16:9, all these pics, although huge, are 4:3. The same is the problem with my N86 8MP, it clicks great pics but all are 4:3.
    I think this is an important feature lacking in nokia`s camera giants.
    I have seen sony ericson phones which are also have great cameras and also have option for 16:9 pics.

  5. @Guanidene

    Actually, with the N8 you can choose in which aspect ratio you want to shoot your pictures in. 12MP is 4:3 and 9MP is 16:9.

  6. hi friends, i own nokia n8. today i installed hyperX application. but i cant see the option “continous auto-focus” in video setting. i would like to know, whether i had a problem or it’s working as usual?.. waiting for ur reply..

  7. Hello Friends,
    Please help me,
    Whenever I am try to install mod 1.1.sis in my nokia n8,
    it raise an error
    “Unable to install a protected application from an untrusted supplier”
    Please Please …………. Help Me…
    Thank You.

  8. Using fraps I was able to verify that it is a 30fps video. So it seems as if this is a legitimate 30fps mod.

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