YouTube in your browser will now try to provide the best viewing experience for each video, whether it's a vertical video, 4: 3 or 16: 9. The customizations to fill the screen with video do not go well with viewers, though .
The desktop version of YouTube, the one that loads in your browser, has only received an update intended to enhance the viewing experience, regardless of the size (aspect ratio) of each video recorded on , but not everyone is happy with the changes.
The update was created by Marissa, a community manager at the YouTube Help Forum. What YouTube has managed to do is remove the black lines that used to appear alongside non-widescreen and vertical videos. Instead, the video is enlarged to fill free space for 4: 3 videos, or in the case of vertical videos, especially where it is not possible, there will only be white spaces during playback.
How to treat YouTube now a 4: 3 video:
You will notice that some of the video has been cut to better fill free space on the page.
YouTube also enhances videos that are already in an easy-to-handle 16: 9 aspect ratio using free white space on the page. This means that the videos can play in a slightly larger format than you are used to, but YouTube says that this does not affect video quality at all.
The feedback on the forums so far is not exactly positive. Some people complain that the videos are too big now, or the fullscreen option no longer works properly. Others do not like the fact that they lose some of the video to fill free space. They would prefer to see all the smaller size video as before, in some cases the video quality is worse due to the zoom effect.
The auto video format tweaks have been used for YouTube on Android and iOS for a while, but they give more meaning as a compromise on the smaller screens. For desktop users, it makes no sense because we have much larger screens and the ability to go fullscreen or resize the browser to fit.
It seems that YouTube only customizes the viewing experience on mobile and desktop without really considering the disadvantages. Hopefully, the negative feedback opens their eyes to return, or at least give users the ability to turn off the automatic "best viewer" tweaks.