How to use iPhone 8’s new video formats?

The recently launched iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus have outstanding features that were included for the first time. Among the most highlighted features are 2 video formats with ability to shoot 4K video with 60 frames per second (FPS) and 240 FPS in 1080P Slo-mo videos.

iPhone 8 video formats

With earlier iPhone models users could only shoot in Ultra HD mode at a lower FPS. But with technological advancements it’s all changed and you can now capture more frames in Ultra HD. The two video formats will capture high quality videos, but take more storage as compared to earlier formats.

For a 4K video it can take upto 400 MB of space at 60FPS versus 170MB of space for 30FPS. Similarly, it can take 480 MB space for a 240FPS shot versus 170 MB space taken by 120FPS video.  By default, these High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC code) are disabled on your new iPhone. So to capture a video in any of these formats, you need to follow certain steps.

What is HEVC Code?


High Efficiency Video coding is a video compression standard which has higher coding efficiency and enhanced video quality. It became popular in September 2014 after Blue Ray Disc and Apple announced HEVC support for its products. The codec is being applied to various fields, operating system, online video, graphic card and media software.

How to enable HEVC codec video formats?

To shoot in 4K and 1080P please follow the steps below:

  1. Head to the Settingsapp on your iPhone 8/ 8 Plus.
  2. Now, go to the Camera
  3. Next tap the Formats.HEVC codec video formats
  4. Tap High Efficiency.
  5. Under camera click Record Videoand then select the option 4K at 60fps.HEVC codec video formats
  6. To record in Slo-mo under Camera click on Record Slo mo
  7. Here, select the option 1080P at 240fps.HEVC codec video formats


Once you have followed all the steps, you will be able to shoot video in high quality. Now whenever, you will record a video it will be captured in 4K 60fps.

You may not be able to view the videos perfectly on your newly launched iPhone. As they have different display resolution iPhone 8 Plus has a 60HZ display whereas iPhone 8 has a Full HD resolution. But you can view the content on a 4K TV or Mac.

Space Acquired by a 4K video

Here’s a list of average space that will be acquired by a one minute video:

720p HD at 30fps – 40MB
1080p HD at 30fps – 60MB
1080p HD at 60fps – 90MB
4K at 24fps – 135MB
4K at 30fps – 170MB
4K at 60fps – 400MB

This information will help you to use the feature accurately.

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