Ever since people started taking video on their smartphones, the internet has been plagued with countless terrible vertical videos filled with thick black bars that are like sticking thumbtacks into the viewers’ eyes. After years of wailing comments simply saying “vertical,” there may finally be hope on the horizon with an app named, appropriately enough, Horizon.
The folks at Evil Window Dog designed the iOS app to stop shooters from ever taking vertical video again. Using the iPhone’s gyroscope, Horizon automatically creates a smaller widescreen video recording window, no matter if the user is holding their smartphone completely vertically or off to some crooked angle. The trade-off of course is that the resulting footage loses its full resolution as well as some field-of-view. But, that’s a small sacrifice to fix the very real-world problem of “vertical video syndrome.”
On top of automatically cutting your video window to a 16:9 pane, Horizon also has some options to change it to a 1:1 or 4:3 aspect ratio. Additionaly, users can set the app to rotate as normal, rotate and scale the frame to fill the screen as it turns, and no rotation modes. There are even options to adjust the resolution to be VGA, 720p or Full HD. Currently, there isn’t any word of an Android app, but you can pick up Horizon from the iTunes store for $1.
Just say “no” to vertical video and check out the app in action after the jump.
Tonight, Sony is announcing a new update to their Play Memories Mobile app that enhances the usability of the QX cameras. Minor things are included, like better performance with iOS devices. But with that said, the QX10 and QX100 are receiving firmware updates too. Both cameras are getting 1080p 30p video recording in the MP4 format and ISO expansion to 12,800.
But the other cool thing is that shutter priority is coming to the QX100–which makes a ton of sense because the RX100 Mk II and Mk I both have full manual capabilities.
It’s going to be a very interesting day for the mobile photography world when these units get manual control–and then Nokia might be shaking. Maybe we’ll see something at CES 2014.
The photo & video sharing space got a bit more crowded, but we really don’t mind. Ultravisual is a media-sharing app that emphasizes beauty above all else. Technicolor-backed and Brooklyn-based, Ultravisual released this week for iOS 7, and it aims to carve out a sizable chunk of the space dominated by the likes Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and Vine. [click to continue…]
A new Kickstarter for a device called the Michron is trying to make timelapse shooting easier for everyone. The Michron is a a tiny device that mounts into your hot shoe and then connects to your camera via cable. The device holds information that you send to it via your phone. In turn, this means that you’ll need to download an app from the Google Play store or App store.
In order to send the information, you’ll need to connect to the Michron via a cable. Once the info is all sent, then it will be ready to go and all you need to do is disconnect your phone.
Though the idea has been done already, not many folks can boast a battery life of 2,500 hours–which means you can pretty much shoot timelapses non-stop. It allows you to do things like bulb ramping, interval ramping, HDR bracketing and more.
If successful, we’re positive that the company will go on to do even more. Considering that they’re taking the mobile approach, they can also figure out a way to do this via ad hoc wifi or maybe even bluetooth.
In its perennial game of catchup, Windows Phone finally received Instagram, which as we all know is the mobile standard for photo sharing. Windows Phone users threw their arms up in the air in happiness when they saw the app was available. They kept their arms up as the happiness became white hot rage when they learned that they can’t take any photos with the app. Pressing the camera button sends users to the phone’s camera app. [click to continue…]
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Instagram has recently banned more hashtags in effort to squash drug sales. It’s high time Instagram finally did something to at least try to quell nefarious activity. Those banned hashtags, however, have found new life in a new service called Instatag. The illicit tags join the general tags: #iphone, #photography and #popular among them. The service hit a brick wall on iOS, but has been released on Android.