Check out what happens in the new Google Camera app when you attempt to take a video in portrait mode:

Thank you, Google.

Those still wondering why vertical videos are bad should watch this:

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  • Raloc

    google declaring war on my FREEDOM to take shitty videos, another emulation of crApple ideals

    • vyktorsouza

      not when your idea of freedom is hated by 99% of the community

      • vyktorsouza

        the remaining 1% is people who don't care or would rather not answer my research

    • AlessandroI

      Tap on the icon and it will fade away..

    • pallu

      Not exactly. it's the crApple people who started the vertical videos with that one-button one-hand stance

    • Corey Watford

      Think you need to watch the Glove and Boots Video; Vertical Video Syndrome

  • Derek Duncan

    also, no one is going to know what that even means.

  • xHabeasCorpusx

    And now, Worldstaaaaaaaar hip-hop will enter a new age. An age of enlightenment. An age of landscape.

    • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

      "Liveleak, yo!"

    • ThaSik1

      Took the words outta my mouth..Soon I won't have to worry about missing the extra details of fights because of unsteady handed camera holders in portrait mode! hahaha

      • Laurențiu Selei

        Just tap the screen and it will go away

        • Crispin Swickard

          They shouldn't even allow it to be removed. vertically shot video shot not exist. Period.

          • Laurențiu Selei

            If you have autorotate off the interface will not rotate but the video will be recorded correctly

          • Crispin Swickard

            I imagine that will be corrected. The device still knows what orientation its in even if auto rotate is off.

          • Laurențiu Selei

            It's annoying because while filming in landscape the interface remains in portrait telling you to rotate

          • Lisandro O Oocks

            Just tap the screen like you mentioned earlier.

          • adi19956

            Can confirm that it saves it horizontally.

    • Artevius Hardin

      Fight Comps will have better quality and horizontal footage? #TYBG

  • Jephri

    I like this.

  • Pankaja Withanachchi

    Also you can't take pictures while recording a video anymore.

    • turdbogls

      that is a REAL bummer. I overall like the look of the app, but this kills a feature I find myself using more and more with my kid.

  • Gonçalo Silva

    That´s very nice! I´ve seen a lot of project work that are entirely recorded in portrait and it´s not good to see...

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    Time to out an end of dumbasses and idiots shooting videos in portrait orientation!

  • skitchbeatz

    unforuntately, that icon stays there if you have auto rotation turned off but still rotate the device.

    • xnifex

      So that's who it go away

    • Nathan Borup

      Or you can just tap the screen and it goes away

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    This is awesome. Would be even better if there was an easteregg to make the portrait spinner more offensive :)

    There's very very few situations in which portrait video is acceptable. Let me list a few:
    1) Suicide jumper at the top of a tall building.
    2) ... that's it.

    • Tomasz Kuczynski

      I disagree. I take videos of my daughter saying new words and they are a quick 3 second videos that cannot be spotted by her (she's 18 months) because she throws a fit if she sees it.

      • moelsen8

        yeah definitely with you there.

        • Lisandro O Oocks

          Suggestion: disguise your phone as a boring BlackBerry.. I'm sure even babies know that there's nothing to see in a BlackBerry

      • Mark Curtis

        Holding the phone vertically makes it invisible where as horizontally doesn't?

        • Sean

          Also, it'll still record the video and the icon isn't all that distracting, you can just ignore it.

          • Tomasz Kuczynski

            I was responding to the "There's very very few situations in which portrait video is acceptable" comment, not arguing that it isn't usable. I just know that especially for recording my daughter portrait video is the more appropriate format.

          • Sean

            Ohh sorry, totally didn't notice that your comment was a reply.

        • Tomasz Kuczynski

          Believe it or not - for a 18 month child it does. Also, not looking at the phone and holding it on the side with one hand work flawlessly. Using two hands is like placing a huge sign that says "TECHNOLOGY IN USE! TECHNOLOGY IN USE!".

          • moelsen8

            i doubt people who aren't in the situation would understand. it's funny, but i totally get what you're saying, i have a 22 month old who does the same. holding it portrait mode is almost like camouflage. you can like hold it by your side/close to you and they never have any idea they're being recorded.

          • Leonardo Baez

            no you dont... you dont have a 22 month old baby, you have a year and 10 month old babay.

          • andy_o

            Whether you find it annoying or not, he still has a 22 month old baby.

          • dextersgenius

            Even better - he has a two year old baby.

          • moelsen8

            i could've rounded up, but months typically matter up to around age 2, after that you can round to half or full years or whatever. jeesh. there's gotta be other posts you guys can nitpick on somewhere.

          • Leonardo Baez

            how do maths works? 12 + 12 = 24....

          • moelsen8

            wow. good for you dude. you're obviously not a parent.

          • http://pitman.bz Mark Pitman

            When kids are under 2 years old, people generally give their age in months.

          • happybana

            Spoken like someone who will probably die alone still bitching about unimportant nonsense.

          • KingofPing

            "you can like hold it by your side/close to you and they never have any idea they're being recorded."

            ...said the creeper... ;-)

          • shabbypenguin

            My 2 year old daughter will ignore me if im using my phone, but if its in landscape she will stop whatever she is doing to smile and yell cheese and then try to rush over to examine the footage.

        • nikira

          Actually, I think the solution would be to have the app just take a landscape video when it's in portrait mode... sure, it'll be lower res because it'll crop, but at least you can watch it on tv :)

          • happybana

            Or stop babysitting people and let them take whatever video aspect ratio they feel like taking. Why compromise quality for that?

      • firesoul453

        You can still take vertical video...

        • Tomasz Kuczynski

          I was responding to the "There's very very few situations in which portrait video is acceptable" comment, not arguing that it isn't usable. I just know that especially for recording my daughter portrait video is the more appropriate format.

  • Rafa

    It happens also in landscape if your rotation is locked, which I do.
    It still captures the video/picture in the right orientation, though.

  • pallu

    Thanks Google!

  • OhYeah!

    Good, there is no reason to be recording video in that stupid tall format.

  • Aooga

    Thank you.

  • Joe Kelly

    THANKS!!! I'll leave this hear for the people who don't know what the dangers of VVS are: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bt9zSfinwFA

    • Nathan Borup

      lol that video is awesome!

    • COMALite J

      See my post above.

  • Nathan Borup

    umm... just tap the screen and it goes away

    • moelsen8

      thank god. thanks. not that i like portrait video. sometimes it's all you can get when you have a toddler.

      • Nathan Borup

        Yeah, I figured that google wouldn't be heartless enough to cut out the toddlers ;)

  • Blair Ginley

    The bottom bezel where the camera button is could be MUCH MUCH smaller but looks good so far. I attempted to use the Blur mode but it kept giving me error messages about it not being able to do something or other

    • Sean

      The bezel is so large so that the viewfinder exactly matches the aspect ratio of the capture area.

      • xnadax

        Exactly. If they made the bezel smaller, what would they fill the gained space with?

        • Bleh Rodriguez

          They could let the user decide wich aspect ratio they want.

          • xnadax

            Yes, that would be nice. I'd prefer 3:2 to the current 4:3, and even 16:9 can be nice sometimes.

  • Zyre

    Why didn't Google implement something like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roag3p3g1r4

    Anyone also know if there is some app around with the same function but for Android? Damn fools only made it for iOS.

    • http://www.oneilsoft.com/ David Kerkes

      I hope they don't ever do something like that. That's not fixing the problem of people filming incorrectly, it aids them in doing so resulting in even lower quality videos.

      • Zyre

        Make it optional then :)

      • Tomasz Kuczynski

        I guess. My note is that if your video is 1080p and you cut it into thirds, you still have a descent quality HD video.

        • Bleh Rodriguez

          No its not, you will end up with 1080x607 (to mantain the same aspect ratio, 16:9), its 30% less than hd, and you are wasting 70% of the original full hd recording.

          • Tomasz Kuczynski

            That's almost 720p.

      • happybana

        I don't see how it's "filming incorrectly." The vast majority of mobile videos aren't ever going to be watched on anything but a phone.

    • Nathan Borup

      That is the stupidest thing I have ever seen. Why would you ever want to do that? Your videos would be even worse quality... All just because you are too lazy to turn your phone

  • itched

    Unfortunately, you can still record vertically.

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  • darkdude1

    All I can say is: About fucking time

  • Melissa Rojas Gantier

    Haha exactly what I needed... I'm so clumsy when it comes to videos.. I get so excited when I start shooting that sometimes I don't realize that it is in portrait mode :)

  • Simon Belmont

    This needs to be a standard feature on every camera app known to man. I hate portrait videos.

    Thanks, Google, for doing this. It's like a built-in PSA.

  • Stanley Chan

    No problem here, just touch in the rotate icon and dissapear. Just hit rec anf voilá. Whats the problem?

  • Tomasz Kuczynski

    I find it funny - and have to point it out - all the people in this thread who were like "VERTICAL VIDEO ARE LIFE SAVERS" (including myself) have a toddler that they record videos of.

  • Simon Belmont

    Now they just need to bring back time lapse and taking a picture while shooting video. Hopefully those were removed in the name of getting this camera out to the Google Play Store faster.

    I'd like to think they'll make a return. I hope.

  • fredphoesh

    yeah, vertical video is pretty daft since you end up with 2/3 of your screen black and your subject much smaller than it would be if you filmed horizontally, to match your TV/computer screen...

  • http://www.daewootech.net Daewootech

    they should have it so that if you film portrait, and turn to landscape it keeps the video upright and just aspect changes on the video so the image is persistant and the shape changes.

    • blahmoomoo

      Video files cannot change resolution/aspect ratios on the fly, partly because the change is so drastic that the compression algorithm would have to start over. Dosbox handles that issue when dumping video (since games sometimes use multiple resolutions) by creating a new video every time the resolution changes. I don't think that's ideal.

      The use case of changing resolution/aspect ratio on the fly is not something you'd commonly use, so I doubt anybody's going to bother with it. The closest thing to that is video streaming, where protocols like MPEG-DASH allow you to change resolutions on the fly, but it accomplishes that by splitting a video into short segments that are spliced together, and each segment can be substituted for different quality levels at any time.

      If you really want to fix a rotational issue like that, you use a video editor. You would end up losing vertical resolution on the portrait video, since you'd be exporting in a landscape format, but such is the problem with shooting things in portrait.

      • http://www.daewootech.net Daewootech

        I would imagine it would start as some sort of a lowered resolution mode where it films in a square aspect and crops out dynamically like when you watch those videos that are motion tracked through cropping and tracking and discard the non-used imagery that way the processing is simply a cropping and not a manipulation of the resolution or aspect ratio.

  • tokuiten

    This would all be solved if phone manufacturers began using square sensors, and then the video can ger auto-cropped by software.

  • mesmorino

    See, I record all of my videos in landscape. It just makes more sense. But, that stupid thing would piss me right off.

    I do what the fuck I want with my phone dammit, and if I should randomly decide to record in portrait in a billion years, I'd rather not be nagged because some random dumbass thought it would be cool to nag me about how to use my own damn phone.

    Fucking hell, I might as well be told how to hold the phone too- OH wait, that's exactly what it's telling me to do. Steve Jobs anyone? God forbid I should be able to hold my phone "wrong" because I want to.

    Good grief.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It's a subtle suggestion, not the end of the world. But of course you're mesmorino, so you had to blow it way out of proportion. I'm used to that by now.

      • mesmorino

        Erm no, there is nothing subtle about it at all, it is right in the middle of the video that you're trying to record! Is it dismissable? We don't know, but one can hope. Except that doesn't address the main conceit of trying to prescribe a way of using a phone.

        It's a stupid idea, and no I am not blowing anything out of proportion. I may get hyperbolic and vitriolic about any number of things, but never more than they deserve. If you want examples of blowing it out of proportion, scroll down and see the comments acting like videos recorded in portrait are the end of the world.

        But hey, at least you're used to it by now. I'd say downvote and move on, except Disqus removed that for some reason. Oh well.

        • Julant

          Panties twisted much?? Just tap on the animation and it disappears, simple as that. Here's your handle back, try not to fly off it again.

          • mesmorino

            Nah you keep it.

          • JWort93

            In addition, this only shows before you try to record something. It disappears, right when you click record.

          • mesmorino

            I have no idea where you're getting any of this information, but I'll take your word for it.

        • Keno Levers

          You appear to be a completely miserable sot.

          • mesmorino

            Yes, but that's just what YOU think. Unfortunately for you, you are not in any position to make that assessment with even the remotest credibility. Unless of course you're a mind reader and a telepath, in which case what are you doing on your computer? Go win the lottery or something! Don't waste your life making assessments of strangers on the Internet!

        • andy_o

          I am not blowing anything out of proportion. I may get hyperbolic and vitriolic about any number of things, but never more than they deserve.

          Someone likes big words but doesn't know what "hyperbolic" means.

          • mesmorino

            Someone clearly doesn't understand when one part of the sentence is talking about one thing, and another part is speaking in general.

      • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

        I think it's a welcome addition to help battle the plethora of clueless users who record in vertical simply because they don't know any better.

        • mesmorino

          But why would they not know any better? Turning your phone sideways is not some mystical art that needs discovering or worse, teaching.

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

            The evidence is overwhelming my friend, judging by the massive amount of vertical video out there. I have friends that post that shit to facebook all the time. I rag on them and they say they didn't know any better. Now they shoot in landscape and kick themselves for having a library full of vertical videos. People are oblivious.

          • mesmorino

            Huh, that's... Surprising. My experience is the opposite, it's people who are new to technology in general that don't realise the difference - And once they've made a few videos in portrait and can see how rubbish they are, no one bothers with it anymore.

          • Grayson

            Have you ever browsed videos on YouTube or watched eye witness videos on TV? It needs to be taught.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      Shut your hole Brah. Either rotate your camera or start the recording. Both cause it to disappear.

    • KingofPing


      It's gone.

      ....and yet your Internet full-on retard Rage Fest is forever saved to thousands of databases.

      • mesmorino

        LOL you think that's a "rage fest"? You must be new on the Internet

        • KingofPing

          I do.

          I'm not.

          Nor does it surprise me in the least that you've deluded yourself to the contrary.

          • mesmorino

            Ah but see if you're not new on the Internet you must be new around here because if you weren't you'd have seen some of my other comments, the ones where I really pour on the invective.

            But, what's with the personal attack? I generally try to be civil, and my choleric is rarely ever directed at other commenters (at least not without cause). As far as I can see I have not been rude to you, so where do you get off making baseless assertions about me?

            I'm gonna go before this devolves into a shouting/name calling fest but to reiterate, no, the comment was not a rage fest. I think I would know, since I not only wrote it, I have written far more incensed ones. This is nothing.

          • KingofPing

            "no, the comment was not a rage fest. I think I would know, since I not only wrote it, I have written far more incensed ones. This is nothing."

            See the last sentence of my last comment. Of course you don't see it. You're posting it. You believe it's all perfectly normal, acceptable, and heck, it's just your duty.

            I wouldn't expect any less. Saying you've done so much worse only proves you've missed the point entirely.

            Overblown. Out of proportion. More angst than a simple little dismissable window should ever engender in any balanced individual. That's you, my friend.

          • mesmorino

            Ah, I see where your mistake is. You assume that the comment is an accurate representation of my state of mind. It's a fair enough assumption, it just happens to be completely wrong. But of course, you're not going to believe me, since you have absolutely convinced yourself that I'm self deluded about it (which itself sounds like self delusion, but that's neither here nor there). Then again, I'm not trying to convince you of anything.

            The bit about my other comments was to illustrate the absurdity of yours. If you think this is one is a "rage fest", what would you call the others? And anyway, they are not worse, they are different, more, other. But worse? Please, leave your baseless assertions at home. You haven't read them, and I didn't say they were worse, that comes directly from you.

            I don't know about normal or acceptable, and it's certainly not my duty! Good grief, stop already. You don't know me at all, and one comment is not going to do it for you. Hell, all of them in total aren't going to do it for you. But like I said, I'm not trying to convince you of anything.

            You keep believing what you want.

          • not deluded at all…

            But like I said, I'm not trying to convince you of anything.

            .... He says after responding to nearly every post that called him out for over-reacting. Yeah. Totally not convincing anyone. (Not for lack of trying though)


            Comedy gold.

          • mesmorino

            I'm glad I made you laugh! But if you read carefully, you'll see I haven't been trying to convince anyone of anything, least of all KingofPing.

            And if you do think I have, what exactly have I been trying to convince people of?

    • Grayson

      Guess what. It's their app. They can do what they want with it. Don't like it? Don't install it.

  • Bojan Tomic

    It's usually iPhone users that film in portrait, so this won't change much. lol :'D

    • Jordan Pt

      You're a fool if you think only iPhone users can be stupid.

  • Shadab

    Why the Camera button takes up 30% of the screen?

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      They're trying to unify the experience. With the camera, it's now showing exactly what you're taking a picture of. Before, the view area was oversized, misrepresenting what you were actually taking a picture of. With the video camera, they kept the bar, but made it slightly transparent so you can see the full view finder for 4:3 or 16:9 or whatever the Nexus records in.

  • jolek78

    sorry androidpolice but... yes, you can... tap the screen et voila', the strange icon disappear. and yes, you can also take a video in portrait mode... haste is a poor advisor...

  • Izzy

    if i just saw that rotating icon (without reading an article about it) i wouldn't understand what it meant. it looks like your supposed to rotate the phone 360 degrees for no reason.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

    I absolutely hate vertical videos! If they were a race, I'd be thrown in jail for epic racism right now!

    ...seriously though, I've been hoping to see this for years, now I'm excited about it =D

  • jamesfuston

    Nice Glove and Boots nod.

  • Android Developer

    I wonder what's the consensus about vertical images .
    I prefer them in horizontal too, but sometimes the image is of a person, and usually they are not in a vertical state...

    Also, now that Kitkat doesn't support putting images&video into SD card , what would happen with apps like this one?

  • http://platypus.blox.pl/ najodleglejszy

    welcome to the internet.

  • sdcoiner76

    That is not wasted space. This app gives you the correct viewfinder size so you can see what will actually be in your picture rather than an estimation. Before what was in your viewfinder on the screen was not 100% accurate to what was in the picture. This also has the extra benefit of being easier to press.

  • DirkBelig

    That PSA is freaking KILLER!!! I LOLed several times. "Nobody cares about you!"

  • DoubleP90

    Best feature ever :D !!!

  • http://adonisk.com Adonis K.

    So basically they copied the Horizon app's idea

  • ThomasMoneyhon

    Thank god

  • Jekabpils

    "Google has also declared war on capturing video in portrait orientation. When the video camera is selected the app won’t start recording "
    Is it something to do with the way phone camera is built that it does not allow people to hold phone vertically but still capture video horizontally?

    • Alvin Brinson

      Yes. The sensor itself has a horizontal aspect ratio. So if you tried to flip it in software, you'd end up having to crop the video to a lower quality.

  • jay

    How to install this on note 3 . not root

  • Nazman

    In a way, Windows phones already try to convince you to tilt you phone horizontally. Omg grammar mistakes. Too lazy to fix.

  • Diego Pretelin

    What's the damn problem? Holy shit, if I want I will take vertical videos... if not, just horizontal, it's my problem.


      Please just die.

  • Chaosprower

    But I like to record vertical videos of my dog to share to my family, not to upload them on YouTube. I hope this can be disabled.


      I am very sorry for your family.

  • primalxconvoy

    Damn, you beat me to Glove and Boots.

    "Stay off the walkie talky, Rick!"

  • lor*

    The taking a picture while videoing was my faveriot part of my whole phone! Very sad it's gone. Now I'm looking for a new camera ap that will let me take a picture while videoing! ANYONE KNOW ONE? Also this new version makes it to easy for my daughter to delete pictures. Not a fan. I want the old version back

  • grant

    Those who shoot vertical video should be forced into a 12 hour class on how screens are shaped. Alternatively, anyone who insists on shooting vertical should be forced to set their televisions on their sides and watch it that way. Morons.

  • Fox Wild

    Okay so it just shuts down? wonderful, loosing the war I take it? the iPone has an app that makes the video landscape regardless of the orientation of the phone, that would be nice on my galaxy 3 instead of an icon that only tells me to turn the phone. If this allows the link, check this out http://petapixel.com/2014/01/15/horizon-app-kills-vertical-video-shoots-lanscape-matter/

  • Princess Sparkle

    Oh, fuck, I laughed entirely too hard at the top video.

  • aed939

    What about a phone that takes landscape videos however you hold your camera--even if you hold it diagonally--if we can make the i-pad screen turn we should be able to develop a system for this--camera lenses are round.

  • COMALite J

    @1:00 of the second video: actually, some computer monitors are vertical. They’re called Portrait monitors, and were quite popular for those whose main jobs involved word processing or other single page printed-page (letter or legal portrait) layout, since a page would fit nicely on such a monitor. Even in the CRT days, Apple® had its Apple Portrait Display™, for instance:

    Even back then with CRTs, and more commonly now with flatscreens, there were and are pivoting monitors, such as this Dell® UltraSharp™ 23&Prime. You can easily tilt it, and the screen would refresh to the new aspect automatically under any modern GUI OS.

    I see no reason why a similar mount couldn’t be done for wall-mounted flatscreens, and with modern Smart TVs, they could easily adjust accordingly, for when watching vertical YouTube or personal videos on them.

    Of course, modern smartphones and tablets are easily pivoted, and detect this automatically. Vertical videos display quite nicely on them when in portrait orientation.

    As for Google, um, they own YouTube. For Internet videos which are mainly displayed on YouTube, there’s a simple solution: stop forcing every video into the same 16:9 (formerly 4:3) landscape aspect ratio just because you’re too lazy to program an aspect-adaptive CSS layout for your video-watching pages! If the video is vertical, display it in a vertical frame! Let the description and Share buttons etc. flow to the side of the video frame!