How to Record Spatial Video on iPhone for Vision Pro

Apple’s new product Apple Vision Pro, which is a mixed reality headset, is going to make its debut soon in early 2024. And the tech giant is preparing for a stable launch by improving its software, called VisionOS, and also adding related features on iPhones.

With iOS 17.2, Apple added the ability to record spatial video on iPhone 15 Pro models. Spatial videos can be played on Vision Pro for a 3D spatial experience. The Vision Pro will launch in the US first.

In mid-2023 Apple shared an introduction video to Vision Pro, which also showed how spatial video would work on the upcoming VR device. If you haven’t had a chance to watch the video, we’ve embedded the official video for you.

Before you learn how to record spatial videos on iPhones, you will also want to know how much space it will take, video format, eligible iPhones and more.

Spatial Video Supported iPhones

  • iPhone 15 Pro
  • iPhone 15 Pro Max

Upcoming iPhones will also support taking spatial video.

How to Record Spatial Video on iPhone
Apple Vision Pro

Spatial Videos take huge space

On iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro Max, recording a minute long video with 1080p at 30p configuration takes around 130 MB. It takes a huge space, so you need to make sure there is enough space before taking the spatial video.

Now let’s see how to enable the Spatial Audio on iPhones.

How to Enable and Disable Spatial Video on iPhone

The feature is turned off by default on iPhone. So to use Spatial video feature, you first need to enable it. Make sure your iPhone is eligible for Spatial Video recording.

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone.
  2. Now head to Camera > Formats.
  3. Here look for Spatial video for Apple Vision Pro and turn on its toggle.

If you want to turn off the feature, switch the toggle to off.

How to Record Spatial Video on iPhone

Once the feature is enabled, you can record spatial video. The controls are different than normal video recording so here’s the full process.

  1. Launch Camera app on your iPhone.
  2. It will be in Photo mode by default, switch to the Video mode.
    How to Record Spatial Video on iPhone
  3. Now rotate your phone into landscape.
  4. A VR headset like icon will appear, tap on the icon. The color will turn yellow.
  5. Then tap the record button to start recording video.
  6. After recording the video, you can stop the recording.
  7. To record normal video, make sure to tap the VR again (if its color is Yellow) and its color will change to Grey.

Note: To take good spatial video, make sure to hold the device steady and the object should be between 3 ft and 8 ft. Use balanced light condition.

How to access Recorded Spatial Video

After recording, the spatial video will be synced to devices with same Apple ID. The iCloud Photos must be enabled.

You can access the recorded spatial video on your Vision Pro from the Photos app. The videos will be available to view in 2D and 3D. Users can share the Spatial Video to other Apple devices similar to normal video.

If you have any queries regarding how to record Spatial Video on iPhone, you can ask in the comment section.

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