If you haven't seen it then you need to watch the video by Glove and Boot on Vertical Video Syndrome. It is funny but dang people, lighten up.
Compassion before condemnation.
There is no reason for this commotion. Part of the problem is education. We need to get the word out to rotate the phone if you are recording video.
But a voice in my head says, why?
Vertical Video Doesn't Have to Be Bad
Web video doesn't have to be bound by historical technological conventions. Video doesn't have to be horizontal. You can record and upload an intentional vertical video. This is an example by a web site called Vertical Video.
The music video was created by Christoph A. Geiseler and a company called Mima Media. When it is intentional and planned there isn't a problem viewing the video. I would submit that for certain types of video like poetry, spoken word, or certain types of music videos the vertical format could work.
I think the problem is that there haven't been many well made intentional vertical videos. Which means that there is an opportunity to pave new ground.
If you would like to get in on the ground floor of intentional vertical videos then read the how to post for ideas at the site. Also, Vimeo School has a lesson page on how to shoot vertical videos.
Over at Clover Food Labs talks about the process of working on the verticals for training videos. There are folks working on it.
Vertical Posting Tip
I can tell you one thing that will help. When you upload to your video host the server is going to assume that it is a normal horizontal video. The embed code will be in the horizontal format. When you post the video it will have black bars.
Not what you are going for in terms of a clean vertical experience.
Flip the numbers in the embed code to see the vertical video; otherwise you are gonna see black bars around the video and quite probably invoke the pitchforks to thrown your way.
Don't hate, innovate.
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