If you have ever taken a portrait video with your iOS device, you know how frustrating the results can be. Portrait videos pit a majority of the screen as black, and it never captures the full scene of what you’re trying to shoot. Horizon is a new camera app that is looking to put an end to the portrait video forever. The app is designed to let you record horizontal videos no matter what, as it uses your device’s gyroscope to always grab a horizontal layout. You can even hold your device in portrait mode, and still record in horizontal perspective.
Horizon includes a minimalistic interface allowing you to switch between two recording modes with a single button. You can choose either rotate mode, or rotate and scale with the first option cropping the screen to a constant aspect ratio, and the second mode altering the crop based on the available capture area. Rotate mode keeps your videos consistent as you rotate your device from portrait to landscape, and it even supports diagonal recording, to truly hold your iOS device every which way. When the app scales what you capture, you can grab more of the scene when you rotate your device from portrait to landscape. Either way, your video is always cropped to have a landscape aspect ratio.
The app also does a good job of showing you what part of the screen video capture is actually being recorded. Horizon dulls out the area that isn’t being recorded allowing you to easily see what cropped area will be in your final video. It’s especially noticeable in portrait mode, and it helps remind you in case you forgot to rotate your device before shooting. As an added bonus, the app also offers eight built-in filters to then combine with your always horizontal shooting. It’s a brilliant idea that is executed well, so that no set-up is required, and the app does all the work automatically. Hopefully, this is an idea Apple takes note of, and can include in iOS 8, and maybe even acquire the company, like they did with SnappyCam.
Horizon ($0.99, Universal) takes the problem of portrait videos, and provides a powerful and seamless fix that is worth picking up.