In The Suppression of Vertical Videos, James Watt makes the case for Vertical Videos and argue that YouTube should be blamed instead of people shooting Vertical Videos.
If you were already angry about not getting as many pixels in the video above, you should be absolutely furious right now. There’s no reason that the YouTube “expand out” feature couldn’t properly size a vertical video.
I totally agree with his vision of things and I really dislike when people get harassed online by videos bigots because they shoot a Vertical Video. Every time someone will point to that video:
But, beside the humor and the funny characters, what are the real arguments against Vertical Videos in this video:
- Vertical Videos are bad
- They don’t display correctly in YouTube
- They don’t display correctly on TV
- People’s eyes are horizontal
- We always did like that
- George Lucas is an asshole
I will just let you weigh those arguments outside of the context of the video.
I will also add that there is currently more than one aspect ratio used in the industry (4:3, 16:9, 3:2, iMAX, Widescreen, CinemaScope, etc.) and I am sure every time a new format appeared, there were trove of bigots to argue this new format was bad.
Like me, say yes to Vertical Videos (do we really have to use capital letters here?) and vent your frustration in the comments if you’ve been bullied by your online “friends” turned video specialists.