Finally, you can get to watch vertical videos on desktop same way you have been doing on iOS and Android. Going forward, YouTube videos will now display vertical videos on desktop; and of course, without the black bars on the side.
The change was rolled out last Friday by the Google owned video streaming side. Videos’ aspect ratio will now be automatically adjusted to suit the screen size of your computer.
Per user forums, the company said: “We launched an update to the YouTube video player on 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,” Marissa Community Manager said.
Android Police reports that every video would now be 16:9, however, some exceptions will be made for some more cinematic footage. The tech blog further adds that YouTube is already forcing its web player to adapt to different aspect ratios. The reason for this is of course, to accommodate videos with inferior aspect ratios. Below you will find the old and new formats starting with the old on the left and followed by the new on the right.
It would also interest you to know that YouTube Go, a lightweight version of the video streaming app launched a year ago welcomed new update this past week. Though, not rolled out yet, users will be able to browse downloaded YouTube Go videos right from their gallery before the end of the year.
The company said it is launching the .yt video file that will make downloaded YouTube Go videos will behave more like files. This of course, will enable you to share videos via various apps or batch-delete them.
YouTube is currently running a test that will add an explore tab where users can extend viewing habits on the video-streaming website. Called the The new feature will help you find new videos and channels.
The tab or feature will act as a guide to help you find latest videos and channels, and will appear at the bottom of the app’s home screen for very few selected users. As a matter of fact, CNET reports that only 1 percent of users of the app on iOS will have access to Explore. Tom Leung, company director in charge of product management at YouTube in a broadcast said:
“Explore is designed to help you be exposed to different kinds of topics, videos or channels that you might not otherwise encounter. But they’re still personalized, so they’re still based on your viewing activity.”
It should be a welcome development for creators as it will boost their growth and help them earn more in terms of monetization. Leung himself confirmed this, adding that Explore could help people have access to a wide array of content. No further information as to when how long the test would last, but things are expected to unfold in the foreseeable future.
YouTube seems to be doing a lot to win back creators who felt bad about the way they were treated by the Google subsidiary some months back. Many creators left the video-streaming site to search for other platforms that could properly cater to their needs.