If you own an iPhone XS ( $1,000 at Best Buy), XR or X, you can look forward to a much more fulfilling video experience soon. In iOS 13, Apple’s next major iPhone software update, videos you film will finally be able to fill the entirety of your screen. I stumbled upon a hack, albeit a very film nerdy one, in Apple’s new video editing tools.
You can either download and install the iOS 13 beta now, by the way. Or you can wait until fall for a finalized version.
When you record a video with your iPhone X ( $630 at Walmart), XR and XS it won’t play back across the entire screen. Instead, there are digital black bezels on either side. The problem arises because the screen on the newest generation of iPhones is wider than the standard 16:9 aspect ratio that video is recorded in. You can always pinch and zoom during playback to see a more “zoomed in” look, but this isn’t ideal.
I recommend cropping your video wider with iOS 13’s new edit tools. YouTubers such as Marques Brownlee and Jonathan Morrison crop their videos wider to take up more of your screen. Plus, as cinema shows us: Widescreen films look more epic.
With iOS 13, every tool and effect that you’ve been able to use to edit photos is now available to tweak a video’s exposure, color, sharpness and crop. And it’s the crop tool in particular that helps us achieve a wider video. Just like you might crop a photo to make it square or make it more narrow, you can now crop videos to fill up more of your screen. And if you don’t want to see the notch, you can crop the video so that it’s wider but not wide enough go to the corners.