How to record spatial video on iPhone 15 Pro or Pro Max

Capability of recording spatial videos on iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max has finally arrived with the iOS 17.2 release
The image shows a person recording spatial video. — Apple
The image shows a person recording spatial video. — Apple

The highly anticipated capability of recording spatial videos on the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max has finally arrived with the iOS 17.2 release. 

This innovative feature paves the way for building a personalised library of spatial video clips, perfectly primed for the forthcoming launch of the Apple Vision Pro mixed-reality headset. While creating spatial videos isn't as straightforward as capturing a standard video, fear not — Gadinsider has got you covered. 

What is Spatial Video?

Spatial video, much like spatial audio, elevates immersion by creating a dynamic visual experience in 360 degrees, mirroring real-world movements. Yet, there's a catch — a spatial video shot on iPhone 15 Pro lacks the immersive effects without the Apple Vision Pro headset. The headset grants a larger-than-life experience, allowing you to relive your moments in an immersive environment. This groundbreaking integration is exclusive to Apple's ecosystem, promising an unparalleled experience of stepping inside your memories.

The Apple Vision Pro headset is slated for release in the first half of 2024, promising an exciting realm of spatial video experiences. While we anticipate its arrival, start curating your collection of clips.

How to take Spatial Video with iPhone 15 Pro or Pro Max

Here's your step-by-step guide on how to create spatial videos using iPhone 15 Pro or Pro Max.

1. Access settings

Navigate to your phone's settings and proceed to Camera > Formats. Look for the "Spatial video for Apple Vision Pro" option and toggle it on. Once done, you're all set to begin.

2. Launch the Camera App

Now that the setting is activated, open your camera app, select video mode, and remember to position your phone in landscape orientation for capturing spatial videos.

3. Recording process

Upon accessing the camera app, you'll notice a spatial video icon on the screen. Tap it and hit record or use the volume buttons to start recording. 

For optimal results, ensure a steady and level hold of the iPhone, position subjects three to eight feet away, and maintain even, well-lit surroundings. Tap the spatial video icon again to halt recording.

4. Viewing your video

At present, these videos can be viewed on your iPhone or any traditional screen, recorded at 1080p resolution and 30FPS. However, the real magic happens with the release of the Apple Vision Pro headset, offering a spectacular 3D viewing experience in its Photos app. These videos automatically sync across your devices if using the same Apple ID with iCloud enabled.