Video Record the Past After It’s Already Happened

Video Record the Past After It’s Already Happened

Vaptur uses live-clipping technology to capture events post-happening

Jeb Brack
  • 27 april 2015

When you’re recording something on video, it goes one of two ways: you record for ages and max out the memory on your device, or you try to guess when the best part is coming and wind up missing it. But a new app called Vaptur lets you watch the action and decide if you want to record an event AFTER it has already happened.

Here’s how it works. Instead of using the normal video function of your device, you open Vaptur and aim the camera at the action. Two images appear on screen—one showing what you see, and one showing what happened eight seconds ago. When you see something happen that you want to capture, hit the button, and Vaptur records the delayed images, effectively taping the past.

Rather than waste memory on huge videos that have to be edited, you “edit” in real time by “live-clipping,” only recording the highlights.

Use it at sporting events to get the best parts of the game. Attach it to your windshield and use it as a dash cam. Aim it at your pet or your baby as they act cute. “Before you know it you have YouTube-ready videos without editing,” says company spokesman Charles DiMarco.

According to DiMarco, the creators believe “this is the first time that two screens (live and constant delayed) were set up in a camera for the sole purpose of allowing someone to record something after they see it live by using the record button to record what they see in the delayed screen.”


Of course, Vaptur takes some getting used to. Recording is based on the delayed video rather than live, so once you start you have to watch the eight-second delay screen to know when the action is over. Also, the app uses a lot of memory to create the delay—at least five percent of available memory—which may require cleaning up your device before using. And naturally, you must keep your device pointed at the subject for as long as you think something interesting might occur. Battery life may become a factor in such instances.

Vaptur rolled out on the iTunes App Store on April 7, with an introductory price of $1.99. At present, it is only available on Apple devices.


Cyclocross participant via Shutterstock

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