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.
Via Imaging Resource
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