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.
DON’T TAKE YOUR PERSONAL VIDEOS IN PORTRAIT.
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.