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The End is Nigh: YouTube on Desktop Now Plays Vertical Videos Without Black Bars


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https://www.searchenginejournal.com/youtube-on-desktop-now-plays-vertical-videos-without-black-bars/263649/

 

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We launched an update to the YouTube video player on desktop – the player now automatically adapts to provide the best viewing experience based on the video’s size (aspect ratio) and your computer’s screen/browser size.

Highlighting the changes below and sharing more about the reasons behind the change:
Historically, for non wide-screen videos (not 16:9) like vertical and square videos, we would show black bars alongside the video, making the video really small. This update moves away from the need for black bars. We launched this update on mobile awhile back (both Android and iOS) so this change also aligns the desktop and mobile viewing experiences.

 

 

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This is why smartphone cameras should use a square sensor.

Then no matter which way you hold the damn thing, it can do landscape 16:9 video with same horizontal field of view.

Phones are easier to hold in portrait so you can't blame the general public for using them that way round :)

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17 hours ago, Andrew Reid said:

This is why smartphone cameras should use a square sensor.

Then no matter which way you hold the damn thing, it can do landscape 16:9 video with same horizontal field of view.

Phones are easier to hold in portrait so you can't blame the general public for using them that way round :)

Plus, since Homo Erectus, people are vertical creatures...  so it's almost a mystery as to why video began in landscape.

BUT, if you consider that most TV / movies are people standing next to each other it makes total sense.

Now with the rise of vertical video and lots of videos of a single person talking to camera it almost seems like these might be connected?!?!!?

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