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YouTube Now Allows Vertical Videos without Black Bars


YouTube, the biggest video platform has announced a new feature for its users. The platform brings a feature of playing vertical videos in its native desktop aspect ratio i.e. no black bars to appear on the sides.

This update was first brought for mobile devices in 2017. A recent post on Google’s YouTube now confirms the desktop version has also been rolled out.

“We launched an update to the YouTube video player on the desktop – the player now automatically adapts to provide the best viewing experience based on the video’s size (aspect ratio) and your computer’s screen/browser size.”

This update is to every video, but not recorded in widescreen format as well as to 4:3 aspect ratio, also called full screen.

“Historically, for non wide-screen videos (not 16:9) like vertical and square videos, we would show black bars alongside the video, making the video really small. This update moves away from the need for black bars. We launched this update on mobile a while back (both Android and iOS) so this change also aligns the desktop and mobile viewing experiences.”





Horizontal video capturing is the best way to record a video, but vertical videos are an integral part of mobile devices.

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