Shooting Video The Way It's Supposed To Be, With Horizon

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A new video app called Horizon made the rounds today. What it does is removing something smartphones created, when they added the ability to capture video – shooting videos in portrait mode. It's so much easier to view the whole person. It's way easier to hold in your hand. It feels more natural when holding your phone. But it's a huge pain to watch those videos when you upload them somewhere or watch anywhere else that isn't on your device. The easiest way to explain it, is to look at your TV's orientation. Period.

Horizon uses the iPhone’s accelerometer and gyroscope to scale and rotate your video to landscape mode, no matter how you’re holding your device.1 You see a virtual frame of what’s being captured, with the additional content greyed out. While moving the device around, you can still see a noticeable stutter, especially when changing the orientation between portrait and landscape. It’s very similar to a digital image stabilisation where it crops some parts on the edges to create good looking illusion.

As you can see in the demo video below, the app can rotate and scale the video through zooming in and out by itself (they also show a nice comparison demo on their website). You can also choose to use a fixed frame size (or disable it), change the video quality and resolution, add a filter, and share, upload or open your recorded videos in other apps.

Horizon is currently available for $0.99 on the App Store during their launch sale.

  1. One little detail I really like is that the whole UI also moves with you when rotating the device.  ↩