If you have an iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro Max, iOS 17.2 allows you to record spatial video for viewing in the Photos app on Apple's forthcoming Vision Pro headset. Here's how you can do it.

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Apple's Vision Pro headset is expected to be released around March 2024. Until then, one way you can prepare for it is to use your iPhone to record videos in a special format called spatial video that is made to be viewed on Apple's headset.

When viewed on iPhone, spatial video appear as normal videos, but they provide an immersive viewing experience on Vision Pro that is almost three-dimensional. Combined with advanced computational videography techniques and HEVC compression, spatial memories are saved in a relatively compact file size, recorded at 30 frames per second at 1080p, and taking up to 130MB of storage space for one minute of video.

Enabling Spatial Video

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro Max.
  2. Select Camera ➝ Formats.
  3. Scroll down to "Video Capture" and toggle on the switch next to Spatial Video for Apple Vision Pro.


Recording Spatial Video

Apple says that spatial video is best recorded when your iPhone is stable and in landscape orientation. In the Camera app, switch to Video recording and then look for the Vision Pro headset icon in the viewfinder. Tap the icon to switch to spatial video mode. When you are ready to record, simply hit the red record button.

Remember that a spatial video will look like a normal video if you watch it in the Photos app on your iPhone. But there is nothing to stop you from recording special moments in spatial video so that you can experience them on Apple Vision Pro when the headset is released in early 2024.

You can find all of the spatial videos you capture within a new Spatial album in the Photos app, and all of your spatial videos will sync across their devices with iCloud.

Top Rated Comments

Ctrlos Avatar
10 weeks ago
1. Travel back in time to 2013
2. Buy a Nintendo 3DS
3. Record some video
4. Watch it back in 3D
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kevcube Avatar
10 weeks ago

Why can't the iPhone 14 pro record video for the vision pro? What's the hardware difference? :rolleyes:
it gets post processed in the usb-c connector
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Schizoid Avatar
10 weeks ago
Not for me, I’m going to wait until Vision Pro so I can stumble around my kids birthday party recording everything like some fanatical 3D photo droid
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
StudioMacs Avatar
10 weeks ago

Why can't the iPhone 14 pro record video for the vision pro? What's the hardware difference? :rolleyes:
Swapped camera positions, which was initially reported to accommodate the periscope lens in the 15 Pro Max.

The main lens and a crop of the wide lens are used for stereo vision. The image below show the lenses on the 14 Pro, with the arrows showing the swap between tele and wide on the 15 Pro.

Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Ctrlos Avatar
10 weeks ago

Is there a way to watch spatial video without the apple vision pro?
You can rinse it through an app ('https://testflight.apple.com/join/EEFFsOzJ') to watch it on a Meta Quest 3.

Alternatively use Record3D ('https://record3d.app/') on any iPhone with a Truedepth or LiDAR camera and watch it back on the same device.

That layered look it how they would appear on the AVP because the camera cannot record behind an object in the foreground. What anyone is going to get is something closer to the 3D video scene in Minority Report ('//www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSDqZeI2WlA') than some sort of magical holodeck scene you can walk around.

(Or buy a 3DS!)
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
StudioMacs Avatar
10 weeks ago

So if I hold my 14 Pro vertical it should do the same thing. :rolleyes:
More like at 45 degrees to keep the lenses parallel to the horizon, and then it would still be vertical video which would be odd to view in a headset. I don’t think people who want to shoot lopsided videos are the target audience for Vision Pro.

However, the 14 Pro will shoot horizontal video after some slight modification:

Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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