|iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus|
On its latest devices, Apple looked for a way to take pictures to a new level. Its solution was to merge them with videos so that still images can also move.
When taking a Live Photo, along with the still image the camera will also record three seconds of video with sound. The overall effect is a bit Harry Potter (the Daily Prophet newspaper front page, at least), but it can be quite a bit of fun.
Taking a Live Photo is straightforward. In the Camera app, there’s a bullseye at the top of the screen. Tap this so it turns yellow and a small note saying “Live” appears. With this setting on, all pictures made are both still images and short videos, whether the front- or rear-facing camera is used. With it off, just regular pictures are taken.
Tips for Taking Good Live Photos
Here’s an example of how this plays out. If you want a video of your child saying “I love you very much!” and you press the the shutter button when she says “I” then the Live Photo will include a second or so of her waiting for you to press the shutter, then cut off before she gets to “much.” It’s counterintuitive, but the right time to press the shutter is when she says “you”. As we said, some practice is required.
Because they are different from both still images and videos, a bit of practice is necessary to get the full benefit of Live Photos. We recommend you do some playing around with this feature to get the timing right before trying to capture anything important. This is necessary because the video portion will begin a second or so before the shutter is pressed.
Also, there’s sometimes a tendency to press the shutter again to end the recording, which just results in another Live Photo being taken.
This may sound obvious, but Live Photos works best on subjects that won’t stay still, like children or pets. Pointing a camera at an adult generally makes them freeze into place, which makes for a poor moving image. But puppies, kittens, and kids work much better.
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus allow video recording at 60fps (Frames Per Second). The increase by 30fps from the earlier devices means that you now have the option to shoot 1080p at 60fps. If video recording is one of your indulgences, you would like to know how you can enable 60fps video recording in iPhone 6/6 Plus.
By default, both new models are set to record in the traditional 30 FPS arrangement. With a few taps, however, you can enable the new frame rate. With the launch of Apple's latest smartphones, the company opted to enable full 60 fps recording capabilities.
If what you want is a good still image, then it might be best to just take a regular picture. Thinking about getting a good short video — which is what a Live Image really is — tends to distract the mind away from also getting the picture you really want. Similarly, if you really want a video, take a video.
How To Enable 60fps Video Recording In iPhone 6/6 Plus
· Launch the Settings app.
· Scroll down and tap on Photos & Camera.
· At the bottom of the options listed, you'll find a switch to turn on 60 FPS.
Once enabled, simply use the app to record video as you normally would.
That’s all there is with it! 30fps has been set as default choice in iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Whenever you feel dissatisfied with the quality of video, you can switch on 60fps with ease. Likewise, if want to switch to the default option (30fps), just follow all the steps mentioned above and toggle off 60fps.
During playback you should be able to see a difference in video quality, with the 60 FPS clips being smoother overall. Of course, with your iPhone capturing more information due to the new feature, the size of saved video files is also going to increase. Should you decide the new frame rate isn't worth the added file size, you can always hop back into settings and turn 60 FPS capturing off.
The only con, if at all, of 60fps could be the bigger video size as it can occupy a lot space. That, however, may not be much of a problem if you have 64 GB or 128 GB iPhone 6/6+.
Viewing and Sharing Live Photos
iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus
If your friends haven’t upgraded to a 6S or 6S Plus, that doesn’t mean they have to be left out entirely from the Live Photo fun,Guys. Once you’ve taken one you can simply share it via a Message or something like Airdrop. Once it’s being received, you can press on the image to play it like a video like an usual.
We’ve tried to taking a Live Photo on an iPhone 6S Plus and sending it via iMessage to an iPhone 6 and wow..it does work.
All that’s necessary to see the video portion of a Live Photo you’ve just taken is to go to the still image in the Photos app and then press on it. The image will blur, then the video portion will play.
To view Live Photos on your Mac, it’s a pretty straightforward process. Connect your iPhone with the Live Photos in the standard way and it’ll launch Photos.
It’s possible to access the video separately from the still image, but only by using a laptop or PC. When we connected our iPhone to a Windows computer and viewed the contents of the mobile device, we found that every Live Image was accompanied by a MOV file of the same name. This video can be copied and played on any device.
Find the Live Photos you want to share (look for the circular icon to identify them) and import them just like you would with a normal photo. Once that’s done, go to your photo library and look for the image. You’ll be able to hover the mouse cursor over the thumbnail to animate the photo or open it take it full screen and click on the image to play.
Once again, it’s important to note that Live Photos are stills accompanied by a short video clip (about 45 frames at 15 frames per second), not just a burst of stills. This means that they occupy about twice the space as regular photos. Especially those with 16GB iPhones will want to think twice about leaving this feature on by default.
How can you share Live Photos?
If you try to upload to a social network or send it in a message, only the JPG part of the Live Photo will be uploaded. Sending one to an Android phone will simply not deliver at least based on our experiences.
If you want to share the video element, you’ll need to import them to your Mac first to get the two separate files and then share the video instead. Bottom line, there's currently no sleek solution.