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Horizon - Horizontal videos app review: record horizontal videos no matter how you hold your device 2021



Finally we have at our disposal an iPad and iPhone video recording app that fixes the annoying issue of video recording and alignment.

If you are looking for a movie stabilizing app that lets you record horizontal videos despite holding your phone vertically, or at an angle (and let's face it, aren't we all?) then Horizon - Horizontal Videos is the way to go.

This horizontal video recording app has been featured on Engadget, Techchrunch, The Next Web, Gizmodo, AppAdvice, Cult of Mac, TUAW, Daring Fireball and chosen by Apple in "Best new apps" in the App Store. As WIRED very aptly put it, "Horizon App Solves the Dumbest Thing About Smartphone Video."

This much-needed contraption costs a mere $1.99 in the iTunes store. That's a cheap price for what could be one of the best movie making apps for iOS users. 

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Convenient Capturing

I have often felt the need to capture videos in a landscape orientation rather than portrait because it gives a different feel to the video when more horizontal length can be covered. Horizon - Horizontal Videos is great because it allows you to take horizontal videos no matter how you are holding your phone.

Hold it sideways, upright, or even keep spinning it if you want, it won't affect the viewing perspective of the video. This app auto-levels videos during the process of capturing them, by extracting and utilizing the data from your iPhone or iPad's gyroscope, ensuring that the orientation is fixed as being parallel to the ground.

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Video-Shooting Modes

There are three modes you can use to capture your videos, namely Just Rotate, Rotate & Scale, and Disabled, so you can switch among different modes.

After all, sometimes we do have those moments of misjudgment where we actually intend to take sideways videos! Resolutions including VGA, HD, and full HD are also available with aspect ratios of of the square 1:1, the widescreen 16:9, and the standard 4:3.

Capturing the video can be done using either camera so you can also be in the video if you want, and if shooting horizontal videos is not your thing, you can always choose ‘Disabled’ mode.

There is also a selection of eight provocative filters that can be applied to the video. Then it's time to choose the video quality: is this a once-in-a-lifetime occasion that calls for a high quality video? Or are you going to employ the low-quality option in a cinch to save space? The choice is yours.

Once you have recorded your precious moment, it will automatically save to your video library and can be shared directly to social networking websites such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and more.

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Pros & Cons


  • Three leveling modes: Just rotate, Rotate & scale, and Disabled
  • Eight fun filters to choose from
  • Share your creations to social networks (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter etc)
  • Different aspect ratios (Square 1:1, Wide 16:9, Standard 4:3)


  • There is nothing negative to say about this app

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Final Words

I am glad I have finally found an app that lets me shoot videos the way I want. Horizon - Horizontal Videos is a much-needed iPhone and iPad.

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Neha Sinha

Neha has been writing and editing since 2010 and has been reviewing iOS apps since early 2014. She has lived in four different countries and loves having the world at her fingertips thanks to these awesome apps.