December 11, 2023
Apple has introduced spatial video recording on the iPhone 15 Pro
With iOS 17.2, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max users can now record location videos — a new capability that helps users capture life’s precious moments — and capture those memories with Apple Vision Pro starting early next year.
“iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max include the most powerful camera systems we’ve ever created, with the best video quality in any smartphone,” said Greg Joswick, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing. “And now, we’re setting a new bar for what’s possible, allowing users to record special moments as they happen. Space videos are magical, and we can’t wait for users to see them on Apple’s Vision Pro early next year.
Enable location video recording on iPhone
Once spatial video recording is enabled in Settings, users can use the advanced camera systems on iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max to capture their favorite moments in three dimensions. Location videos are recorded at 1080p at 30 frames per second with standard dynamic range. With advanced computational videography techniques and HEVC compression, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max deliver amazing spatial memories in small file sizes.1
Taking the best location videos
Taking location videos on iPhone is as easy as recording regular videos on iPhone: With the Camera app open in video mode, rotate iPhone to landscape orientation, tap the Location Video icon, then tap Record. The iPhone starts recording video from both the advanced main and ultra-wide cameras, and scales the field of view from the ultra-wide camera to match the main camera, which is then saved to a single video file.
Watching space videos
On iPhone and other devices, spatial videos appear as regular, 2D videos and can be viewed or shared like any other video using apps like Messages. Users can find all the spatial videos they’ve taken in a new Spatial album in the Photos app, and all their spatial videos are synced to iCloud on their devices.
Space videos come alive on Apple Vision Pro. With iCloud, users can access their entire library in the Photos app and view their videos in life-size color and stunning detail. On Apple Vision Pro, location videos can be played back in a window or expanded into an immersive view that transports users to each moment, such as a celebration with friends or a special family gathering.
Location video recording on iPhone arrives before the launch of Apple Vision Pro, so iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max users can record from day one to enjoy with family and friends on Apple Vision Pro.
- One minute of space video is approximately 130MB.
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