This? Is Not OK: iPhone Videos

by Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] on March 23, 2012

in This? Is Not OK,Videos

Friends, it’s time for an intervention.

This has gone on for WAY too long without you realizing that it’s a problem. I thought the novelty would go away once you realized things could change, but it’s just not happening on its own.

It might be you who needs my help or maybe it’s a friend or even your own mother. If you’re afraid to do the intervention on a friend or family member yourself, share this information with them in hopes that they realize the travesty of their ways.

I’m here to help.

Back in the dark ages of the iPhone, taking videos wasn’t an option. The camera was crap, and we couldn’t even turn the phone sideways to type on a bigger keyboard. I know; life was tough.

Then Mr. Jobs blessed us with the 3GS, and the world would never again be the same.

Unfortunately, the portrait video was also invented and a new pet peeve of mine developed.

Do me a favor: look at your TV. Or hell, look at your computer screen. It’s landscape, meaning it’s wider than it is long. There’s not a cinematic feature film or television series that is shot in portrait form. None. Zero. Never will be.


It’s really simple to take your iPhone videos in landscape: turn it sideways.

Mr. Jobs loves us from heaven and wants things to be simple. He made it so simple that all we have to do is turn our phones 90º either direction before you start recording, and like Baby Jeesus & Oprah’s Black Magic, the camera does the work for us.

I’ve recorded for your viewing pleasure, two short examples of what we’re all missing if you record your iPhone videos in portrait.

The first is a video of my kid playing on her 3DS. It’s fairly boring, aside from the kid being drop-dead adorable. But we’re missing something here: my other kid.

And now with the iPhone Black Magically turned sideways, we can see my other kid, crazy-dancing.

The world deserves to see my other kid crazy-dancing. Think of all the injustices that could be prevented if you just turned your phone sideways before you record a video.

Do it for me, do it for our future. Record your iPhone videos in landscape.

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1 alimartell March 23, 2012 at 10:46 am

I am guilty of doing this, because I am lazy at the whole “using my brain” thing.
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2 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] March 23, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I’m glad I’ve made a difference in your life by encouraging you to change.
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3 Nanette March 23, 2012 at 10:56 am

In my defense, yesterday’s video was my first iphone video *ever.* 😉 And I learned my lesson after uploading. Heh.


4 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] March 23, 2012 at 6:39 pm

YOU, lady, are forgiven.
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5 JustinRHoffman March 23, 2012 at 6:27 pm

THANK YOU. This PSA was long overdue.
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6 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] March 23, 2012 at 6:41 pm

You’re very welcome. I’m here to help.
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7 Meghan March 23, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Okay, so. In my brain, turning the phone sideways would have been akin to the video of my dance recital when I was six. It’s sideways because my mom thought if she just turned the camera, she’d get a wider shot.

I suppose I should have realized that technology has come a long way since then.

*The more you know*
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8 Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing] March 23, 2012 at 6:42 pm

I’m here for you, friend.
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9 TheNextMartha March 24, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Huh. Thanks.


10 Sharon March 27, 2012 at 10:04 am

Forgive me, for I have sinned. I promise to never video in portrait again. I’m off to say some Hail Mary’s and drink some communal wine now.

Oh who am I kidding….I’m just off to drink wine.
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11 Traxis March 28, 2012 at 8:06 am

Great point! 🙂 I will definitely keep in mind that landscaping is a must when taking a video..
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12 Guy Burke March 30, 2012 at 5:41 pm

Great reminder. More than epic trivia.


13 Guy Burke March 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Oops. The precise ambiguity of my website didn’t seem to show thru my previous comment.
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14 Shendale12 April 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Great point! Thanks for making as aware of this injustice deeds.. 🙂 Keep posting some more post like this! 🙂
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15 Amy Baldwin August 13, 2012 at 12:02 am

Ha! I wrote a post about this very thing. Yours is more entertaining. As a video editor it has become the biggest pet peeve of my life. iPhone video has moved people’s intelligence in a backwards direction. Sadly.


16 Chris L. Robinson November 22, 2012 at 10:40 am

Well. I feel silly. Nice post. I did a search on this problem only to have someone tell me to turn my new phone sideways. Huh.


17 jennifer March 3, 2013 at 9:26 pm

ok, so the iphone can record in landscape…BUT i have a pet peeve about landscape.
I don’t intend to keep all my valuable videos on my phone forever (i just dont have enough space!). I want to transfer them and put them to dvd and or external drive for storage. I want to make dvds to send video momentos to my family, BUT!! when recording these using many different programs, landscape recordings stay sideways and not landscape! why is this? do I have to have a mac to get this right or can someone recommend a good recording program for me – I use a PC.
Help, this is so sad! 🙁


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