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How to turn your iPhone into a virtual steadycam with Hyperlapse

Instagram's Hyperlapse uses the sensors in your iPhone to stabilize video on-the-fly. That way you get silky-smooth time-lapse video, at up to 12x, of stages being built, forests being run-through, highways being race by, and anything else you can imagine. What you can also do, however, is choose to save the video at 1x. And what that does is create silky-smooth regular video. So smooth, in fact, it looks almost like it was shot for a steadycam. That's not only great for tech writers trying to cover new products solo at an event, but for everything from shooting a birthday cake in motion to an impromptu ukulele jam. You'll need to pay close attention to how to save the file, but otherwise using Hyperlapse for rock-solid video is easy to do!

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Troubleshooting iCloud Photo Library

If you've enabled iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone or iPad, you may have noticed that all of your videos aren't showing up. I first noticed this a few days ago while searching for a video I know I had taken on my iPhone a few days prior. For some reason, it wasn't showing up on my iPad, which also has iCloud Photo Library enabled. Digging deeper, some videos that I actually took on my iPhone were also missing. As it turns out, there's a switch you can flip across your devices in order to get videos syncing properly to and from iCloud Photo Library. And for the time being, it also seems to fix the missing videos bug too!

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How to record, trim, edit, and share videos on an iPhone or iPad

The iPhone and iPad both have a built-in Camera app that not only lets you capture photos, but also does a surprisingly good job at recording video as well. With the Photos app you can even trim and share your videos right from your iPhone or iPad, no computer necessary!

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How to disable auto-play for videos in Facebook for iOS, at least when you aren't on WiFi

Some people don't like when videos auto-play as they scroll past them. Back when Instagram started doing this, I had a feeling Facebook and other social networks wouldn't be far behind and I was right. While Facebook doesn't let you completely disable auto-play for videos, you can at least stop it if you're using cellular data instead of WiFi. Here's how:

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How to disable video auto-play in Instagram for iPhone

If you haven't already heard, Instagram was recently updated to include support for video uploads. Just like Vine, Instagram can auto-play those videos as soon as you scroll past them. For many of us, this feature may be more annoying than it is useful. As it happens, there's a way to disable it. Here's how:

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How to send a video using iMessage

iMessage works with iPhones, iPads, and Macs to let you easily send videos without paying your carrier for a special messaging plan (data rates will still apply if you aren't on Wi-Fi). iMessage is built right into the same Messages app and Share Sheet that sends SMS and MMS to your non-iPhone using friends, so you don't have to do anything extra to use it. Just pick your video and send!

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How to send video, games, FaceTime and more from your new iPad to your TV with AirPlay

Back when iOS 4.2 was released, Apple introduced a new feature called AirPlay. Although limited at the time, AirPlay allowed any video using Apple’s standard media control to beam image and sound over a local Wi-Fi network to an Apple TV for viewing on the big screen.

Later on, iOS 4.3 brought more functionality to the service by adding support for Apple’s Photo app and various other 3rd party apps. Now with iOS 5, AirPlay mirroring lets any screen of any app to be displayed on an Apple TV over Wi-Fi including games and yes, even FaceTime.

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How to post a video to YouTube or Facebook from your new iPad

Now that you've unboxed your new iPad and set up with with iTunes or iCloud you'll probably want to start taking videos with the new and improved camera. The iPad makes it easy to share all your videos with friends and family several ways. We'll guide you through sharing your videos on two of the most popular services - YouTube and Facebook.

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Daily Tip: How to view High Quality YouTube over 3G

Trying to figure out how to watch high quality YouTube videos when you're on 3G? The iPhone is a great device for watching videos on YouTube. However, if you're on the go, the built-in YouTube app reduces the quality of the video to save data.

One common way of bypassing this quality-reduction is by jailbreaking and using an app like My3G, but what if you're not on #teamjaibreak? Luckily, there's a work around that works on any iPhone, and all it requires is the stock Safari web browser.

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How to save a video with iOS 5 on iPhone or iPad

Wondering how to save video attachments you get in Email to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad camera roll? In previous versions of iOS, while you could easily tap-and-hold to save pictures in Mail, Safari, Messages and other built-in-apps, trying to do the same with movies -- movies mailed or messaged from other iPhones and iPads! -- did nothing. (Except frustrate me. Seriously. I almost dented my iPhone trying!)

iOS 5 changes that. Now, just like with pictures, all you have to do to save a video is:

  1. Open the email, messages, etc. that you received the movie in
  2. Tap on the icon or preview and hold on it
  3. When the Save Video button pops up, Tap it!

That's it. The video will now be saved to your Camera Roll for you to use as you so wish.

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