An update is finally bringing vertical video to YouTube
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If you shoot vertical video, YouTube will now able to display it properly.
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There are few things YouTube commenters like to call people out on more than shooting a vertical video. But they’ll have one less reason to do so after the YouTube app’s latest update.

The update finally allows YouTube to properly display vertical video, filling up the whole screen instead of the usual heavy letterboxing. In fact, YouTube says video will “dynamically adapt to whatever size you choose to watch it in,” so other aspect ratios will see an improvement as well (such as watching video on a 3:2 tablet).

While I’m glad YouTube will properly display videos that happen to be filmed vertically, YouTubers of the world, please don’t let this become the norm. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should
. Video has always been horizontal because our eyes are set horizontally, and people shouldn’t get a pass because they’re too lazy to rotate their phones 90 degrees.

YouTube will automatically adjust the viewing window in accordance with the display’s aspect ratio.
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But then again, who knows; maybe 10,000 years from now humanity will have evolved a third eye because we can’t decide on the proper video orientation.

No word on if a similar feature is coming to the desktop just yet, even though the company opened up a preview for an all new YouTube design last month. In this the era of Snapchat and its copycats, I imagine it’s just a matter of time.

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