The Single Most Important Tip for Recording Video on iPhone

Jul 18, 2012 - 14 Comments

iPhone video recording tip

Have you ever noticed that iPhone video gets recorded according to the orientation of the device? If you haven’t noticed that yet, pay attention to it now, because you’ll create significantly better videos if you just rotate the iPhone into horizontal orientation before hitting that record video button.

Rotating the iPhone to a Horizontal Position Will Record Video As Intended in Wide-Screen Format

Keep this in mind when you’re capturing video with the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, since the vertical videos are squeezed and don’t have nearly the same coverage area. Just rotate sideways, you will capture video in widescreen format just as intended to be viewed on any screen, TV, theater, computer display, or whatever else.

Yes the image shown is a humorous look as to why this matters, and unless you’re living in a zero-gravity space station somewhere, do everyone and yourself a favor and just orient the iPhone properly before shooting video. This applies to iPad and iPod touch as well, take advantage of the orientation lock if you must and start recording the right way.

To further beat the point, here’s a ridiculous video.

But seriously, just record video in the proper orientation, you’ll be glad you did and so will the viewers!

Heads up to CultOfMac for the silly find.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Fun, iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Scott says:

    LOL, the worst are when they are uploaded to YouTube this as vertical it’s like why!!!! what are you doing!!

    Though if your friend sends you vertical video from iPhone and you watch it on iPhone it does look ok.

  2. Dan says:

    So, you think that the readers (us) are morons, and we don’t know how to hold an iPhone for recording…

    • Paul says:

      Nope. It’s mostly a joke, relax.

    • RJM says:

      Dan, do you realize how many youtube videos are suffering from VVD? Sure maybe some OSXdaily readers aren’t the culprits but it’s certainly an issue. And some OSXdaily readers have actually been amazed at tips like how to show the path bar in finder or how to use the iTunes Equalizer. Really? So I’m sure some vertical video creators are on this site.

  3. Hans says:

    I absolutely cringe when I see people taking video or pictures in portrait view due to the problems listed in this very article. The only thing that sucks is when I try to tell somebody about it, they won’t switch to landscape unless I spend 5 minutes explaining the consequences of NOT video recorded in landscape. Time to forward this article to everybody….

  4. Lena says:


    Insane. :)

  5. konstantinos says:

    so funny!
    thank you for the tip!
    any idea (pc program or app) how to switch our wrong recorded videos?

    #nobodyisperfect! :p

    • Anil says:

      I have a couple of wrongly recorded videos. On my PC, I can play with iTunes and watch them as if I would watch them on my iPhone. Other than that, they look funny on any other app.. say Windows Media Player, for eg..

  6. Pam says:

    Do you realize that in your picture you show the phone with the volume bottoms on the top and not the bottom. This creates an upside down video when transfered to your PC. Maybe you should think twice about throwing around the word “moron”.

  7. Anil says:

    I am certainly looking for ideas on correcting such wrongly recorded videos. Any ideas ?

    • Paul says:

      Other than zooming into the video thereby cutting out parts of the frame, there is not much you can do if you recorded it in vertical format

  8. Michael j. Yanko says:

    Loved the video, I had no clue (until now) why my video’s were sideways. Thanks, my brain just got an”update”. I’m 66 and a musician with no other skills, ( other than music )

  9. Rlisha says:

    Does that phone look like a film camera? This is my pet peeve. I can give a crap which direction you shoot in, it can be fixed in editing. It’s when you call digital video “film.” No one “films” with a camera phone.

  10. Albert says:

    I meant Dan, Sorry Paul

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