It bothers me from time to time when I watch videos on social media or YouTube and realize just how many people record their videos while their smartphone is in portrait orientation.

These services are formatted for computer screens, which naturally have displays longer than they are tall, so recording videos in this way usually degrades the viewing experience for the viewer. That’s why a free jailbreak tweak called VerticalVideoSyndrome 2 by iOS developer Andreas Henriksson is now available.

After installation, you’ll begin seeing a caution symbol at the top of the Camera app interface any time you try recording a video whilst in portrait orientation. The symbol is there to let you know when you’re being “that guy” and recording in the undesirable orientation.

The tweak won’t prevent you from recording video in this manner, and the symbol won’t be visible in your footage, but it serves as a friendly reminder that landscape orientation yields the best video results for everyone in the long run; especially anyone that might watch what you’re recording.

Personally, I think it’s a great tool for breaking the otherwise nasty habit and encouraging point-and-shoot iPhone videographers to use the best orientation available for viewing quality.

There are sometimes good reasons to record in portrait orientation, but most of the time this isn’t the case. That said, I would recommend the tweak for just about anyone who records videos in portrait orientation when they don’t have to.

VerticalVideoSyndrome 2 is available for free from Cydia’s BigBoss repository and works on all jailbroken iOS 10 devices; for anyone running an earlier version of iOS, the original VerticalVideoSyndrome is also available. There are no options to configure after installing the tweak.

Do you like the idea of having a subtle reminder to switch to landscape orientation when you’re recording in portrait orientation? Share in the comments section below.

  • Benedict

    There was this feature some years ago in the stock Android camera app but for any good reason they removed it. It bothers me to see all those videos in portrait mode. Also 90% of my fotos taken are in landscape too…
    This tweak should be implemented in the camera app!

  • Siri Tim Cook Holness

    Fake iPhone, no portrait mode.

  • igobythisname

    except when you’re shooting the video to share with someone, who you know always VIEWS photos and videos in portrait, even when the media is shot in landscape, they never bother to rotate the device, so you shoot it in portrait on purpose…. yeah, I know a few like that!

  • What I’v always wanted to see is Apple/iOS using the entire sensor in it’s square format without caring if you held the camera portrait or in landscape. And leaving that orientation set in the video header and cutting that video only when sharing it. And now with the new compression this would have been a great feature.

    It would not only be a first-ever feature, but also solve a common annoyance, and lets face it, holding your phone in portrait is safer and less awkward than in landscape (hence why most people do it in the first place..)

    • Siri Tim Cook Holness

      Square is lower resolution tho

      • You’re not getting what I’m describing here.. Use the entire square format, crop however the user wants. You want it in portrait, a portrait photo is cropped. Landscape, landscape is cropped.