Developer: Evil Window Dog
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★½☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

People who record vertical videos rather than horizontal seem to attract quite a lot of criticism and aggression. As a reasonably laid back person about such things it doesn’t bug me so much, but it is an issue. Horizontal (or landscape perspective) videos just look that bit better and offer more insight into whatever’s being recorded. Now there’s an app that ensures that all videos are taken from a landscape perspective, no matter what position the iOS device is in.

Horizon is that app and it’s very simple to use. All that’s required of the user is to hit record and get, well, recording. The app takes over all the hard work, with users able to move the iOS device around as much as they want – Horizon keeps up. It’s possible to adjust the aspect ratio as well as change the resolution and quality of the videos, ensuring it’s ideal for quick shoots or more arty pieces. Setting AF/AE locks is also available, with geotagging possible, too.

horizon5horizon3As well as that, there are eight filters to apply if the user so wishes. These cover fairly typical bases such as a retro look, night view, and an inverted and highly stylized appearance. In many cases users will find themselves sticking to the conventional look, but it’s a handy option to have.

The stand-out feature here though is, quite rightly, the ability to take horizontal videos so easily and with no thought required. It’s not perfect admittedly, given that there’s often a brief moment of stuttering when the device is manipulated, but it’s still quite the step. That stuttering means that I wouldn’t recommend Horizon for anything too serious as it can prove an irritant, but it doesn’t stop it from being a convenient app for those trying to avoid messing up their perspectives.

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