3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 17, 2011 11:20 AM by AdjuvantJohn
g_man_iphone Level 1 (0 points)

STUPID DESIGN/ Softawre flaw!! iOS5


When I use the Volume button as shown on the New Features page for iPhone my videos look okay on the phone but when I transfer them to my PC,

the videos (and photos) are all Upside down! All video players such as Windows Media PLayer, VLC, RealMeadia Player, Media Playewr Classic, DivxPlayer, and worse of all most PC video editing softawre all show the vidoes as UPSIDE DOWN... ***! There is no way to rotat them...


Only QuickTime Player will show the movies in the correct orientation, but this is NOT my default video player and never will be.. It is slow to start and quite franlky not very good. As for pictures it also ***** that they are upaside down but at least I can rotate them.


Bad Apple!!


It seem like you can ONLY take pictures or videos with in ladscape mode with the volum buttons facing DOWN, unlike how you show in the demo vidoes and new features page on the Apple website.


iOS4 and iPhone 4's also had this known issue in common.

Will there ever be a fix for this?

iPhone 4, iOS 5
  • Linnnnn Level 1 (130 points)
  • byriani Level 1 (0 points)

    I too have got exactly the same issue and have been to the local Apple store.  They tried viewing the pictures on the Mac and they were all ok.


    As well as importing the files in the normal way I have opened them in internet explorer, via GMail and also firefox and get the same result everytime.


    Even when looking at thumbnails I can see that they are upside down too.


    Have you had any joy in getting this answered?

  • AdjuvantJohn Level 1 (10 points)

    In my case I take HD video with an Apple iPhone 4S and an iPad 2. These cameras can be just as easily oriented in any of four orientations by hand, or in various iPhone or iPad holders for mounting on a tripod. As long as I stay with Apple or Adobe products for my whole video handling process, I have no problem with software support for orientation


    While there are countless software programs available today that display JPEG images, only a subset of them actually interpret the EXIF Orientation flag. Just like color management, many programs simply display the JPEG image as it is stored, and completely ignore any extra details stored in the file's metadata. The most important of these additional details is the Orientation flag, stored in the JPEG APP1 marker under EXIF IFD0.


    More explanation of this is in the text below.


    Briefly, Apple is doing it right, with their iPhone 4S and iPad 2, the way most High end video cameras do it. And they made sure that their apps looked at the appropriate flag to rotate the image before showing it. To understand this look at this site:


    This is a site that explains the whole deal. Apple and Adobe are looking at the flags for image rotation. Plex,and many others are not doing so. VLC for instance, DropBox is anpther example, Thunderbird is another example, the list is long.

    Many newer digital cameras (both dSLR and Point & Shoot digicams) have a built-in orientation sensor. Virtually all Canon andNikon digital cameras have an orientation sensor. The output of this sensor is used to set the EXIF orientation flag in the image file's metatdata to reflect the positioning of the camera with respect to the ground. Canon calls their sensor the "Intelligent Orientation" sensor. It is presumably a 2-axis tilt sensor, allowing 4 possible orientations to be detected. The paragraphs below are taken from that wonderfully illustrated link.

    Auto-rotation in Digital Cameras

    While your digital camera may include an option to "auto-rotate images" due to the camera's orientation, this is almost always just a "virtual rotation". A flag is set to indicate to the viewing software / LCD preview which way to rotate the image before display, rather than rotating the image content itself.

    As lossless image rotation is a fairly compute-intensive operation, digital cameras are not likely to include true lossless rotation after capturing the photo. The CCD/CMOS sensor hardware is designed to stream raw data in a particular direction (e.g. rows then columns), and so it may be hard to incorporate true auto-rotation in-camera without a performance impact to continuous shooting (frames per second).