Chapter 9. You Oughta Be in Pictures: Video on Your iPhone

In This Chapter

  • Finding videos

  • Playing videos on your iPhone

  • Shooting video

  • Editing footage

  • Screening YouTube

Picture this scene: The smell of popcorn permeates the room as you and your family congregate to watch the latest Hollywood blockbuster. A motion picture soundtrack swells up. The images on the screen are stunning. And all eyes are fixed on the iPhone.

Okay, here's the reality check. The iPhone is not going to replace a wall-sized high-definition television as the centerpiece of your home theater. But we want to emphasize that with its glorious widescreen 3½-inch display — the best we've seen on a smartphone — watching movies and other videos on the iPhone can be a cinematic delight.

You Oughta Be in Pictures: Video on Your iPhone

As you discover later in this chapter, if you own the iPhone 3GS or 4, you can even shoot your own blockbuster footage. Let's get on with the show!

Finding Stuff to Watch

The video you'll watch on the iPhone generally falls into one of four categories:

  • Movies, TV shows, and music videos that you've downloaded directly to your iPhone or that reside in iTunes software on your PC or Mac that you synchronize with your iPhone. (For more on synchronization, refer to Chapter 3.) You can watch these by tapping the iPod icon at the bottom of the Home screen and then tapping Videos.

    Apple's own iTunes Store features dedicated sections for purchasing episodes ...

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