YouTube Desktop Website Now Supports Vertical Videos With No Black Bars

02 August, 2018, 04:00 | Author: Leah Owens
  • YouTube Web Player Now Supports Vertical Videos

The streaming service now varies the video size for different aspect ratios, removing black bars on the sides of vertical videos and increasing the height of the video player where necessary. Now, with the desktop experience, viewers will be given an experience that automatically adjusts the videos aspect ratio to fit the screen's size. That all changed over the weekend, when YouTube rolled out an update to its desktop site that rids it of black bars altogether. The move makes the platform more friendly for aspect ratios other than 16:9 but has angered some users, who claim the update makes videos smaller, causes parts of videos to be cut off, and even lowers video quality in some cases.

The update was detailed in a thread over on the YouTube Help Forum, which was discovered by Android Police.

YouTube now does a better job of supporting vertical videos and other unconventional screen ratios. Various affected users also demanded an ability to opt out. So, it's not the "best viewing experience" that YouTube was aiming for.

It looks as though YouTube is simply aligning the viewing experience across mobile and desktop without really considering the downsides. However, it seems there is a lot more work to do before it's ideal.

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YouTube is also enhancing videos that are already in an easy to handle 16:9 aspect ratio by using the available white space on the page.

However, users on the forum are complaining that the update is "cutting off what [they] can see rather than accommodating for it" and that it is an effective downgrade.

A couple of days ago, YouTube rolled out dark mode to its Android app, a few months after iOS users had received the new theme.

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