How to Record Video Using QuickTake on iPhone

Dec 29, 2019 - 3 Comments

How to Shoot Video Using QuickTake on iPhone 11

Want to record a quick video with an iPhone? The new QuickTake feature of iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max makes it easier than ever to quickly capture video clips.

If you’ve used popular social networking apps like Instagram and Snapchat, there’s a good chance you’re well-aware of the “Stories” feature. These are usually short video clips recorded and shared by holding the shutter icon within the app’s camera interface. Perhaps Apple has taken cues from these apps and added a similar functionality to the redesigned Camera app that comes out of the box with the new iPhone 11, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Dubbed QuickTake video, the feature allows users to quickly start shooting videos without having to switch to the dedicated video recording section within the Camera app. This makes recording videos a tad more convenient than it used to be on the older iPhones and iPads.

Interested in trying this feature out for yourself to see how it works? Then you’ve come to the right place then. In this article, we’ll be discussing how iPhone 12 and iPhone 11 series users could record QuickTake videos using the stock Camera app.

How to Capture Video Using QuickTake on iPhone

Although this QuickTake feature is pretty easy to use, we’ll provide you additional tips to make the recording process a lot more convenient. Now let’s get straight to the steps to learn how this feature works.

  1. Open the Camera app on iPhone as usual
  2. Make sure you’re in the Photo section where you usually take photos. Now, instead of tapping, simply press and hold the “Capture” icon to start recording a video clip.
    How to Shoot Video Using QuickTake on iPhone 11
  3. We understand how it may be inconvenient for some to keep their finger on the shutter while recording, but we’ll help you with that. As you can see in the screenshot below, there’s a “lock” icon at the bottom-right corner of the screen. This allows you to lock the recording, so that you don’t have to keep holding the record button anymore.
    How to Shoot Video Using QuickTake on iPhone 11
  4. In order to lock the recording, slowly swipe your finger to the right. As you’re swiping, you’ll notice you’re dragging the “capture” icon towards an empty circle on the right. Once the icon has replaced the “lock”, you can take your finger off your screen and your iPhone will keep recording video.
    How to Shoot Video Using QuickTake on iPhone 11
  5. As you can see in the screenshot below, the “Capture” icon has replaced the lock on the right side. You can simply tap this icon to quickly grab pictures while your iPhone’s constantly recording the video.
    How to Shoot Video Using QuickTake on iPhone 11

That’s pretty much all need to do in order to easily shoot videos using QuickTake.

With this nifty addition to the stock Camera app, users can conveniently record Snapchat-like “stories” and utilize powerful video editing tools within the Photos app before sharing them with friends on multiple social networking platforms.

With all of the conveniences of QuickTake and it’s ease of use, shooting videos using QuickTake comes with its own disadvantages. Firstly, the video length is restricted and you can’t even adjust the resolution at which the video is recorded. Additionally, if you want features like stereo audio and audio zoom, you’ll have to shoot videos from the dedicated video recording section. It’s safe to say speed and convenience does come at a bit of a cost in this case. Depending on your use case, the convenience that QuickTake brings may or may not outweigh the negatives.

By the way, longtime Apple users may find the QuickTake name to be familiar, and it is certainly interesting to see Apple name this iPhone feature after one of the first consumer digital camera products they released decades ago, though it never really took off. So here we are many years later and QuickTake is reborn as a feature on iPhone, rather than a standalone digital camera. Kind of neat, in that nerdy Apple history kind of way, right?

So, what do you think about QuickTake video on the new iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro? Do you see yourself using it to record short clips, capturing quick videos, or using it for Instagram-like stories? Let us know your thoughts and opinions in the comments section down below.


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Posted by: Hamlin Rozario in iPhone, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Hal says:

    I don’t have iPhone 11, but have used Siri to initiate video… particularly nice when driving and you want to capture a short ‘dash cam’ style view of a scenic sky or whatever.
    Hey Siri, take a video!

  2. Jeff Hall says:

    I only wish you had included some awareness of the end result you’re recording the clip for. Thousands end up on TV and with a little planning should have been recorded in landscape format NOT portrait. Just turning the phone 90 degrees would make a tremendous difference to resultant image and so much more visual information would be made available to the viewer. There’s a place for both formats, obviusly, but think of the end result please.

    • Gary says:

      Yes you can rotate the iPhone sideways if you want it in horizontal video recording mode, or put it in landscape for landscape video recording mode

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