PSA: Don’t Shoot Vertical Videos

Anybody who’s visited YouTube recently will know there’s a serious problem with some videos: the videographer held their phone wrong way when they recorded it.

Vertical videos on the web is a huge problem at the moment, and one that we can easily prevent. Nobody wants to watch videos with huge black bars on the left and right, it feels like you’re missing most of what’s actually happening in the scene. Vertical videos just look terrible in every way.

Thankfully, Glove and Boots also know how terrible these videos are, and they want the plague of vertical videos on YouTube to come to an end. The two characters star in a Public Service Announcement that explains all the dangers of vertical videos. The future of video content if the problem persists is terrifying, just watch to see what we mean.

See? Nobody wants George Lucas to rerelease Star Wars yet again. Isn’t it bad enough that he’s releasing a new 3D version of each movie every year for the next five years? If we don’t stop shooting vertical videos we might have to live with knowing that we could have prevented another rerelease of Star Wars.

So please, if you ever see a friend shooting a video with their phone held vertically, kindly remind them to turn it 90 degrees. Or, if you shoot videos on your phone, remind yourself that the volume buttons should either be on top or bottom not left or right. With your help maybe we can restore video content to its rightful orientation: horizontal.