Vertical Video – Please Just Stop Doing It
We do not watch TV vertically.
When you shoot video with your phone vertically what happens is your video then formats “skinny”. We don’t watch “skinny” TV.
We watch WIDE screen!
So, shoot your video like this –
Nothing irks me more than when I see amateurs and professionals alike (I won’t name names) shoot their iPhone video, upload to YouTube, and then share for all the world to see.
But, that doesn’t bother me as much as it does when the media uses examples of UGC (User-Generated Content) video for whatever story they’re reporting and they pick video shot vertically. Now, of course, when it’s a breaking story you use what you got, but if it’s one you’re planning to edit for program (and GMA “Play of the Day”, The Today Show “What’s Trending?”, I’m talking to you specifically), please don’t pick videos that have been shot incorrectly. When viewers see examples of these they think it’s ok. It’s NOT!!!
Please stop shooting vertical video.
And if you think I’m being foolish, check out this parody of the “syndrome”. Nearly 3 Million views have got to tell you something. :)
If vertical video is driving you bananas too, please pass this post along. I and every other videographer on the planet thank you.
Say NO to vertical video!