I want to record a short video of the app I'm developing.

I'm using QuickTime and iPhone connected via lightning cable.

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The moment I rotate my phone the recording stops.

Is it possible to record such a video?

Possible workaround: record my whole screen while preview of the iPhone is on.

  • Keep in mind my solution below will output a square shaped recording - but its the only way to encompass both a landscape and portrait recording in a single shot. Jun 19, 2016 at 16:13

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The reason this happens is because a video cannot change orientation mid-record.

IE: My wife starts many of her video recordings on her phone in a vertical position. I remind her that we will likely have a terrible experience watching that video at a future date from a television because of the huge black bars on the left and right. She rotates it mid recording session, but all this does is make it so we have to turn our head on the couch.

There's a reason you haven't seen anything rotate on Youtube either -- it simply isn't equiped to all the sudden change from widescreen to portrait.


Quicktime (assuming you're on a mac based on your screenshot) also lets you select "New Screen Recording" from the File dropdown menu. You could record your whole screen like you alluded to, but if you want a more controled/correct size, you would do the following:

  • Pretend like you're going to do a new iPhone recording. Have the phone on the screen. Take note of where the phone is on the screen in portrait mode, as well as landscape mode.
  • Use sticky notes on your monitor to create a "square" that will make sure your phone is completely visible during landscape as well as portrait. (see where I'm going with this?)
  • Tricky part. Open your applications folder. COPY quicktime to your desktop. Double click the desktop icon. This will open a SECOND instance of quicktime.
  • Use the second instance of quicktime to do a "New Screen Recording". You do NOT have to record your whole screen; Select the square that you made with sticky notes on your monitor so we record this area.
  • Hit record on the second instance of quicktime, while the first instance of quicktime is simply used to watch the phone in both portrait and landscape!

I know, it's a little involved. Likely easier to buy some software, but for free -- you can't beat it.

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