YouTube will now display vertical videos on the desktop without black bars on the page. It rolled out an update to its desktop player on Friday to automatically adjust the aspect ratio of the video to suit a computer's screen size. It's a feature that was already on mobile on iOS and Android by removing black lines on small videos in favor of white space or expanded video if possible.
Videos in standard 16: 9, vertical videos and in older 4: 3 format will all be affected. The update makes YouTube support for other conditions in addition to 16: 9 more friendly and more in line with its competing platforms where shooting on mobile does not provide black bars.
YouTube first announced Friday's update through user forums, as observed by Android Police and so far the response has been huge seen been unfavorable. Days later, users have complained that the update makes the videos even smaller, cut parts of the video or lower the quality. One user wrote that her video was broader than 640 x 480, but it was forced to a 640 x 480 screen, cut off the video and reduced quality: "Some YouTube videos just do not look out when the screen is big. Either allows us to sign up or fix it. "
We've come to Google to see if the feature will be updated to fix these issues.