Watch: Just Say No To Vertical Videos!

By Megan O'Neill 

At long last someone is taking a stand against vertical videos—an issue with online video that has irked me for quite awhile now and has gotten progressively worse as more and more people shoot and upload video from their smart phones.

In the latest viral hit from Glove and Boots, Mario and Fafa, the lovable puppets that taught you everything you need to know about video blogging and shared ten reasons to hate Facebook, take the problem of vertical video head on.

What is vertical video?  It’s video that is shot while the camera or phone is being held vertically, rather than horizontally—portrait as opposed to landscape.  What video shooters don’t seem to understand is that shooting this way works for photos, but for videos, well… it’s just plain annoying.  Either the video ends up being uploaded on its side or it’s simply a waste of space, as online video players on sites like YouTube, Vimeo and beyond are set up to play videos in landscape so a vertical video only takes up a small slice in the center of the player.

But I’ll stop complaining and let Mario and Fafa lecture you for awhile on the dangers of Vertical Video Syndrome.  And for the love of all things holy, please do the right thing and turn your phone ninety degrees before shooting video that you plan on uploading to the web!

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.