YouTube’s new desktop video player ditches black bars

YouTube’s new desktop video player ditches black bars

YouTube’s new desktop video player ditches black bars

This update applies to any video that is not recorded in widescreen format, which also includes videos in 4:3 aspect ratio (also referred to as "full screen"). Now, with the desktop experience, viewers will be given an experience that automatically adjusts the videos aspect ratio to fit the screen's size. Google-owned YouTube has already done the necessary work for this change to be put in place, meaning that the new display mechanisms should already be live right now.

YouTube now does a better job of supporting vertical videos and other unconventional screen ratios.

See below for a before/after example of what vertical videos will look like following this update. The update was first announced on its user forum last week and later reported by Android Police. This included vertical videos, 4:3 videos, and videos with other respect ratios.

Hungarian GP: Max Verstappen and Red Bull unhappy with Renault
It's a shame to have missed out on that. "That is valuable points thrown away". Verstappen conveyed his grievances rather more colourfully.

Last week, YouTube rolled out an update to its video player on desktop that will make a big difference to how videos of different aspect ratios play on the platform. Various affected users also demanded an ability to opt out.

Now you can upload those vertically shot videos without any concern for a lesser viewing experience. However, it seems like the actual player UI (e.g. play button, quality toggle) doesn't change much unless you shrink the browser tab/window in question. Google is also making it so the standard 16:9 videos make use of your screen's white space when available for a better viewing experience. Perhaps that's why YouTube announced the update on its user forums, and not in an official blog post. The latest update brings support for swiping to skip to the next or go back to the previus video but it's still not available to everyone.

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