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agregoryy Level 1 (0 points)
When I import my hd video recordings to my computer, they play upside down.

http://vimeo.com/forums/topic:16572
Granted, the link above gave a couple solutions, which are to play the movies in quicktime and itunes, but I love using VLC. It even does this when using Windows Media Player. Also it was suggested to email the video to yourself, but that compresses the video, causing the quality to go down.

On top of all this, it even shows up upside down when I open it with Pinnacle to edit it. Sure, there's a video effect to rotate it, but once again, Pinnacle will compress the video when exported.

Is this being looked into? And is there a solution that doesn't require compressing it with a codec or playing it in quicktime/itunes? Like I said, I love using VLC.

iPhone 4, Windows 7, Ultimate x64
  • Iakona Level 1 (40 points)
    Hold the camera upside down when you film it. ; ) Just kidding. Couldn't resist. Haven't heard of this yet.
  • agregoryy Level 1 (0 points)
    lol, I don't blame you for not being able to resist.

    Then again, even if someone did rotate the phone, it would automatically reorient itself because of the accelerometer/gyroscope.
  • Iakona Level 1 (40 points)
    Very true, I was trying to answer like Steve Jobs did about the antenna issue some people are having. ; )
  • Foreverseeking Level 1 (0 points)
    are you not just recording the video upside-down? there is only one way to record a video. dont hold the phone portrait, it should be landscape (although video editors can correct this but it will not be utilizing the screen rez. I seriously believe your just holding the iphone upside down when recording though.
  • JT122333 Level 1 (0 points)
    If you are holding the phone like you normally would to use it, in the upright position, you must quarter rotate it to the LEFT to landscape to use it else vids will be upside down. There are editors that you can use to rotate the video and then save WITHOUT compression.
  • theHoleK Level 1 (0 points)
    I've taken about 20 videos with my iPhone 4. Only one had this problem...the really weird thing is that Quicktime will play the video correctly, Windows Explorer shows the video thumbnail properly oriented, but VLC/Media Player/MPC play the video upside-down.
  • theHoleK Level 1 (0 points)
    The video that plays upside-down for me is in landscape.
  • agregoryy Level 1 (0 points)
    JT122333, before I saw your post I did some testing of my own and determined that to have the video import right side up for all the media players on my computer, I had to hold it landscape orientation with _*the +Home Button+ on the right hand side, not the left.*_
    So yeah, your advice of rotating it 90 degrees to the left matches up with what I did.

    At least I know what to do now, but I wish the accelerometer/gyroscope would take care of something like this. I mean, I don't know if I should blame the iPhone, or if I should blame media players that aren't made by Apple.

    Also, what editors can rotate and save the video without compression? I mean for crying out loud, you would think that with all the exporting options available in Pinnacle, there would be at least ONE that doesn't compress.
  • Mussman33 Level 1 (5 points)
    it is funny this actually is the answer to his problem LOL!
  • agregoryy Level 1 (0 points)
    I agree it is kind of funny, but at the same time it's a legitimate issue. Because when holding the phone landscape who's to say what's upside down and what's not? I'm sorry to sound like a broken record, but like I've been saying, part of the job of the accelerometer/gyroscope is to take care of something like this.

    Looking at the big picture I guess we should all laugh at the fact that Steve Jobs' remark of "Just don't hold it that way" applies not only to the problem with reception, but also to recording a video.

    At least I found a solution. I'll mark the thread as answered, but certainly wouldn't mind hearing some thoughts on if it's possible to fix it to play right side up no matter how you hold the phone.

    Cheers
  • TheXFrame Level 1 (0 points)
    Can I bump this because I'm experiencing the same annoying problem?

    Who's the say what is upside down or not in landscape mode?

    I hope this is getting fixed .. and fixes the videos I've already taken which are not pretty much useless to me.
  • Elliot Bridgewater Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm having the same, annoying issues.

    I'll hold my phone horizonally (and the menus turn the correct way) and start recording a video, and about a quarter of the time, the video on the PC comes out vertical (which looks ridiculous and very unusual).

    Similar thing for photos, but even more often than that. About half the photos I take, when I e-mail them to myself, need rotating (which can't be done in mail applications, you have to save them then rotate them). VERY frustrating.

    Didn't happen with photos taken on my 3G. It always knew whether they were vertical or horizontal.

    The menus turn whether you told the phone upright, 90° or 270°, so the phone should always record the right way up! I think it's a major bug, personally.
  • NextelMichaelG Level 1 (15 points)
    ...interesting..

    i haven't had any videos come out upside,yet^.. but yesterday, i did take about 30 pictures (front & rear facing cameras) and a middle set of like 10 pictures came out upside down (nDeed-a very simple fix using a computer-but i'm curious, now, as to how one could rightside-up a video once it's been imported onto the computer as being upside down)..?? Thanks!!
  • Hal Feldman Level 1 (125 points)
    This appears to be a software user interface (UI) issue, not a bug or hardware problem.

    If the overlay icons for flash and rear-facing camera would NOT flip to correct orientation when home button is on the LEFT in landscape view, the user would know the "video camera" was in upside-down mode.

    When shooting video with a normal camera, you sometimes do want to intentionally shoot upside down. So, I believe there is no bug and just an updated UI would clarify camera orientation.
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