Stop lights flickering in your iPhone videos by switching to PAL format

Are lights and screens flickering in your iPhone videos? Don’t worry, you can fix it by changing this one setting.

One great thing about the iPhone’s camera is that you can choose the quality, format, and frame rates of your photos and videos. PAL is an example of a video format you can record videos in, which might be the way to go if lights and screens are flickering in your videos.

Read on to learn more about PAL and how you can use it to record videos on your iPhone.

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Why should you use PAL on your iPhone?

PAL stands for Phase Alternating Line. It is a television video format mainly used in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America. It is not typically used in the United States. If you are interested in television technology, you may have heard of NTSC and PAL and know the differences. But the bottom line is that PAL can improve your video quality when shooting in artificial light.

Don’t understand how? Let’s break it down for you.

If you have a 60Hz power supply for your lamps or TV screens, they will actually flicker at about 60 times per second very quickly – too fast to see. This is common in countries like the United States, Canada, and Mexico. If you record video at 30fps or 60fps you won’t notice this as the flickering is in sync with the frames.

However, some countries use 50Hz power supplies, which will clash with these frame rates (50 is not easily divisible by 30 or 60) and result in a terrible flickering effect in your videos. This is the case in most of Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. Here is a list of countries using the PAL format as a reference. To address this, PAL records video at 25 frames per second and eliminates flicker by working in sync with the power supply.

Simply put, if lights or screens are flickering in your iPhone videos, you can probably fix it by recording in PAL format instead.

How to use PAL on your iPhone

You can find the PAL video format in your device’s settings. Follow these steps to record in PAL:

  1. Open settings and go to camera.
  2. Choose Record a video.
  3. Below is a list of options with brief instructions on how to use them. You can select any of the options with (DUDE) inside. There are currently two options to choose from: 1080p HD at 25 fps (PAL) and 4K at 25fps (PAL)where 4K is higher quality but takes up more storage space.
  4. open that camera and start recording.


If you can’t see PAL on your iPhone, make sure the switch at the end reads Show PAL formats activated. Also, make sure your phone is updated to the latest version of iOS as PAL formats are only available with iOS 14.2 or higher. You can also change the video quality on your iPhone from the camera app itself.

Get rid of flickering problems with PAL video format

PAL gives you high-quality video in artificial light with no flicker, so your videos look amazing. There are many other video formats and frame rates to choose from in your camera app and settings.

You should also make sure that the camera always defaults to the best mode, saving you time when you need to capture something quickly.

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