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These 4 iPhone hacks will up your video-making game immediately

You never knew these options were hiding in plain sight.


John-Michael Bond


Posted on Feb 7, 2017   Updated on May 25, 2021, 1:26 am CDT

One of the struggles for designers making an app is how to make it simple, but not too simple. The solution for some app developers is to include secret menus that will help users access bonus features beyond what your everyday user would ever need. In a new video, YouTuber Matthew Rycroft shows off two such secret menus in Hyperlapse and Boomerang, along with a few other neat smartphone hacks for creative explorers.

Hyperlapse offers up a secret menu for users that can only be accessed by tapping four fingers on the screen four times. Once within the menu, users can increase video resolution from 720p to 1080p, toggle between a 30 fps or 24 fps frame rate, or experiment with Normal or Expanded speeds options that make your video 40 times faster.

In Boomerang, the same four-finger tap unlocks even more options, including Capture Frame Rate, which lets you increase the shooting time to 10 seconds from the default one. You can also toggle how fast your playback will be, how many times your Boomerang will repeat, and whether your images to go forward, backwards, or back and forth. This secret menu even allows you to decide whether the front or back camera is set to be your default camera within the app.

As if those two weren’t cool enough, Rycroft included DIY solutions for turning your phone into a blacklight or a hologram display.

H/T Matthew Rycroft

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*First Published: Feb 7, 2017, 3:13 pm CST