Google Finally Caving In To Vertical Video

Jul 24, 2015

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Google Finally Caving In To Vertical Video

Jul 24, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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You know we are not big fans of vertical videos, and up until lately, google were not a big fan of this either, noting camera users to flip the phone when shooting vertical video.

They also ‘made’ the youtube app play vertical video on roughly half the screen. I am not sure if this was a bug or a feature, but it is about to change.

Android Police reports that google are finally caving in and the new version of mobile youtube (Android | iOS) will enable playing a vertical youtube on a full screen when the phone is held vertically.

before:

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now:

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If you wanna test it here is a link filled with vertical videos that you can open on the youtube app.

This ‘feature’ is not available to iOS just yet, but it will probably be there soon enough.

[via androidpolice]

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13 responses to “Google Finally Caving In To Vertical Video”

  1. Scott Tyack Avatar
    Scott Tyack

    Yep, rather than train people to do it ‘right’ we adapt the tech to tolerate them.

  2. Karl Berg Avatar
    Karl Berg

    YouTube should delete vertical videos, not this.

  3. Darrin Neuer Avatar
    Darrin Neuer

    Idiocy.

  4. stewart norton Avatar
    stewart norton

    Phone cameras should be made to be unable to shoot vertical video… Its evil.

  5. Stewart Norton Avatar
    Stewart Norton

    Phones should be unable to take vertical video…..like non alcoholic beer, mild cheese and soft porn it is totally pointless and evil.

  6. Richard Jane Avatar
    Richard Jane

    The work of the devil and a threat to civilised society.

  7. Francesco Cerruti Avatar
    Francesco Cerruti

    Well… they could rotate de sensor 90º or make a micro gimbal inside the phone. lool :p

  8. James Fogg Avatar
    James Fogg
  9. Pete Woods Avatar
    Pete Woods

    … or make ALL visual media recording devices record in the square aspect ratio and DO AWAY the question entirely! PS: Tip the waitress, try the veal …

  10. Mansgame Avatar
    Mansgame

    The only time vertical video makes sense is if the content is also going to be viewed on a vertical video. Even then, think twice.

  11. KoGa Avatar
    KoGa

    Wrong. Vertical videos should be rotated and played horizontally. People would learn how to take proper videos quickly.

    1. monokrome Avatar
      monokrome

      Google tried that. It didn’t work.

  12. Sameiden vesien sukeltajat Avatar
    Sameiden vesien sukeltajat

    I do have to say that I have a problem with this hate against vertical video. To my eyes it seems like video should be shot in landscape mode because “it has always been like this”. If portrait mode in still cameras would bbe invented now should it be hated also? Now we finally have the tech to shoot video in any view, portrait or landscape, monitors can be turned and mobile devices (especially phones) are “natively” (in a sense) used in portrait mode. Instead of bashing and dislike something because it’s new maybe there could be an option to try to get the most out from our devices?
    Like for still photos, some things look better in portrait rather than landscape mode, maybe it could be the same for video?
    Oh, I forgot, it can’t be done because it’s not supposed to be done :D