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How to Change Video Settings on Your iPhone

written by: Shane Burley•edited by: DaniellaNicole•updated: 9/28/2009

Here are some tips for working with the iPhone iPod Settings for Video and TV Out.

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    Watching video on your iPhone can be considered one of the main features of the device. The iPhone attempts to create a fully integrated portable device that keeps you "plugged in" to constant media stimulation. Though this does sound like a dystopian evolution out of the back frames of Videodrome, keeping up this end of your iPhone is part of getting as much as you can out of your expensive cellular phone.

    Though you can watch videos online through the iPhone's YouTube function, different online based iPhone applications that you get from the iTunes' App Store, and on different video streaming websites through Safari, the iPod section of your iPhone is fully capable of handling video.

    Along with this is the customization that comes with every aspect of your iPhone's design, including the Settings for the iPod. Here are some tips for working with the Settings for the video section of the iPod.

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    Video Settings

    If you want to begin altering the video settings in the iPod section of the iPhone select Settings from the desktop. Inside Settings find and select iPod, which is in the third section down in Settings. Once in the iPod Settings go to the second section, which is for Video. Here you have two primary Settings to deal with: Start Playing and Closed Captioning.

    The Start Playing section will allow you to place settings for how you want a video to start playing once it has been playing. This means that if you leave a video halfway through you can set for either it to start at the beginning or start where you left off. The best choice here is to keep it at "Where Left Off" so that you can go back and forth with little spurts of viewing.

    Applying Closed Captioning is a nice feature as well and extends Apple's commitment to those with special needs. This can also just be a nice addition to video watching, but it should likely stay off most of the time.

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    TV Out Settings

    You also have options for TV Out in the Settings as well, though this is a feature that most people will not affect. Here you can turn Widescreen On or Off and change the TV Signal. If you are in the United States you will want to keep the TV Signal setting at NTSC, and for older programs you are going to want to keep Widescreen off.