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Periscope live streaming app adds landscape video mode

Periscope's live streams are no longer stuck in portrait orientation. Today the company is unveiling a new landscape mode that works across iOS, Android, and the web and easily lets users shoot and broadcast video in landscape. Creatively, the new feature allows for a wider field of view than you'd get recording in portrait. To be clear, this was technically possible before, but it wasn't really an official feature and required viewers to watch videos sideways. Now, landscape video will look right regardless of which orientation your phone is in; just rotate it to landscape to take broadcasts fullscreen.

Periscope landscape

"As much as we're fans of portrait video, we know that there are many times where the scene you're trying to capture is best expressed in landscape," the company said in a blog post. "We know the community has been craving this feature, but we wanted to be thoughtful about our approach to ensure a seamless experience across all of our platforms." And on iOS, this Periscope update also makes it possible to instantly share links to your live broadcasts on Facebook, so it'll be easier to draw viewers other than your Twitter (and Periscope) followers.