HorizonBy now, most people have heard of the terrible affliction that affects mobile camera phone video subjects and viewers. While the majority of iPhone users have learned of this widespread disease and have successfully broken the Vertical Video Syndrome (VVS) cycle in their lives, not everyone is so lucky.

Horizon is a video app that makes it impossible for you to record vertical videos, even if you are holding your iPhone in portrait mode. So, your loved one who just can’t seem to understand what the big deal is will stop sending you those clips of kittens with ugly black bars on either side.

Horizon 3VVS may be a silly joke that has made its way around the internet, but there is truth in comedy. Capturing video while holding your iPhone in portrait mode may feel more comfortable, but it is not pretty.

Horizon lets you record horizontal videos, no matter how you hold your iPhone. If you are in portrait mode, tilted sideways, or spinning around in a circle, it doesn’t matter. Your video will always come out horizontal.

The app uses the iPhone’s gyroscope to level the video as you record so that it always stays parallel to the ground. Even if you are taking a video selfie and need to hold your device vertically, the resulting orientation will always end up as a landscape shot.

Horizon 2There are eight real-time filters to help you create the perfect look for your full-screen videos. Filters include Sepia, Movie, Retro, Grayscale, Washout, Sketch, Toon, and Nightowl.

Plus, Horizon supports a variety of resolutions and aspect ratios, so you can edit your clips for support on various social media sites without taking up too much uploading time.

You can choose your mode. If you think you will be moving around a lot, choose “Just Rotate” mode to keep the frame size fixed. For the maximum viewport, use “Rotate & Scale” so the frame will increase or decrease in size depending on your rotation. You can also disable auto-leveling if you don’t want to lock your screen into horizontal viewing for some reason.

Horizon is on sale for $0.99, which is 50% off of the full price, to celebrate the launch. It is available on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Download it in the App Store today.

Do you know someone that suffers from VVS? Would you recommend this app to them?

  • Vincent Tse

    Support for slo-mo video?

  • KraKsX

    Id rather see this get made into a jailbreak tweak so i can use it in ANY camera app. I hate having to take photos or video in a certain app

    • Adam Bowman


      Tweak devs:

      Please, please, please! I’ve looking for a jailbreaak tweak like this for years.

  • on3simpleclick

    Won’t the resolution be a lot lower if your not shooting in ‘true landscape’?
    It’s a nice idea, but your video quality is going to be dipping up & down every time you change your phone’s orientation, due to the fact that it’s resizing & rotating the footage via software, and it’s not the actual camera rotating.

    • Byron C Mayes

      That potentially allows for some very interesting effects work.

  • Stefano

    I was so excited to see what it did when it transitioned from portrait to landscape. Well done!

  • Fabio Rodrigues

    I see this company being sold for million to apple in a few months and implemented in iphone camera app 😛

    • Framboogle

      Normally, the companies bought by Apple are the ones you wouldn’t expect.

  • David Hvilivitzki

    Dumbest app ever, Turn your phone people …. Don’t pay for lower resolution videos !

    • Adam Bowman

      While it really frustrates me when I see people taking videos in portrait, and while I hate watching vids that are shot in portrait, there would be some real benefits to shooting a landscape vid even though you’re holding the device in a portrait orientation:

      It makes holding the device easier, more natural, and more stable.

  • cool app

  • jacobkwright

    Shouldn’t it just force the phone to be in landscape mode (Like some games…won’t let you play in portrait)? That way it will never orientate to portrait. It would force the user to turn their phone to the side.