When you're watching videos in iOS via the built-in iOS media player, it can sometimes be frustrating when iOS rotates the video on you while you're laying down trying to watch it, or when another situation causes iOS' video rotation to become a pain in the... you know what
Fortunately, for those fed up with the lousy automatic video rotation in iOS, a new jailbreak tweak dubbed RotateVideo
by iOS developer deVbug will improve iOS' video rotation by giving you two main new features – one, being the ability to lock the rotation in any orientation that you want to, and two, being able to have the video auto-rotate to match the video's aspect ratio.
For the feature allowing you to lock the orientation in any orientation that you want, all you need to do is put the video in any orientation that you want (landscape right, landscape left, or portrait mode) and then tap on the new rotation lock button that appears on top of the video-viewing interface, as shown above.
The tweak adds a preferences pane to the Settings application where you can configure the two individual features:
You will be able to enable or disable the rotation lock button on the video interface on demand, as well as enable or disable automatic rotation based on the video's aspect ratio. You can allow the automatic rotation "always," or only when the setting is set to "orientation locked." Additionally, the tweak lets you specify a favorite landscape mode – you can pick between "landscape right" or "landscape left."
It's worth mentioning that RotateVideo only works with videos that use the default iOS video player. Videos in applications that use their own video player will not work. For example, videos in the YouTube application will not display this rotation lock button; however, YouTube videos from the Mobile Safari application will display the rotation lock button (this is because Mobile Safari uses a different media player than the YouTube application does).
If you would like to give RotateVideo a try, it's available in Cydia's BigBoss repository right now for 99¢. The tweak works with iOS 6.1 and later.
iPhone 5 running iOS 7.0.6