In the age of smartphones, sharing pictures, videos, and other media is easier than ever. You can capture everything using a device that fits in the palm of your hands. This incredible convenience has inadvertently created an epidemic, Vertical Video Syndrome.
What is Vertical Video Syndrome?
Vertical Video Syndrome (VVS) is a cheeky way of saying you capture a video on your smartphone while holding it vertically. This causes an issue with showing your video later on any other device, like a TV or computer. Your video will not take up the entire, horizontal, screen and there will be unsightly black bars on either side of your video. Another viewing option is to show a blurred version of the video on the sides to take up the empty black space but this is also unsightly and can be very distracting.
Why are vertical videos bad?
In short, they are "bad" because every other medium for videos is horizontal. The vertical videos do not translate well to horizontal screens and are difficult and annoying to watch. If you capture a photo vertically, then you can flip it without losing quality. However, videos cannot be turned easily and if you do then the quality suffers greatly.
What can I do to make sure I am not a victim of VVS?
It is so easy! Just turn your phone! Make sure that if you are capturing a video on your smartphone that you turn it to the side and video horizontally. This can be difficult at first because we are so used to holding are phone vertically, but with a few mindful steps you can begin filming the great videos on your smartphone.