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YouTube Upgrades Vertical Desktop Videos

owilson - July 30, 2018 - 07:12 PM
YouTube Upgrades Vertical Desktop Videos
YouTube has finally integrated optimized support for vertical videos into its desktop website.

(CCM) — YouTube users who fret over video orientation can now rest easily, as the video streaming giant has now integrated optimized support for vertical videos into its desktop site. For years since its launch, vertical videos — or content filmed in 9:16 rather than in 16:9 — featured black bars on either side of the video, which reduced the size of the elements in the video and impaired the viewing experience.


YouTube's newest update, which was announced on its user forum, will fix this by removing the black bars. Vertical videos will now be automatically enlarged to fit into YouTube's designated 640x480 aspect ratio, optimized for the average desktop screen. This feature is already offered on the YouTube mobile app, in line with competitors who have already done the same for Android and iOS.

Shooting video vertically is, by and large, a concern for those recording on mobile devices, which are generally vertically oriented. This rollout signals an awareness on YouTube's part of the mobile-moving trend in technology, where companies are increasingly adjusting themselves to be more mobile-friendly for a market whose preferences lean similarly.

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