YouTube is planning new changes that will let users change the shape of its media player so it matches the format it was uploaded in, or the format you want to watch. When the update lands, YouTube’s video player will convert videos automatically to vertical, square or the classic horizontal window to provide a more natural viewing experience.
It’s an important step because vertical videos in particular often look rather poor in YouTube, with black bars on the sides. But with the update, that will no longer happen. The update should deliver a much better experience, especially on mobile screens where YouTube's traditional horizontal windows wastes most of the screen space.
Last week, YouTube announced several new features in its pipeline, which are expected to roll out in the coming weeks. You may have already noticed a few updates to the user interface. The design is cleaner, with the goal of being more user-friendly across all devices. This means your videos will look better and be more responsive to potential clients. The platform also redesigned its logo, moving the red player icon to the left of the YouTube name.
Most of the updates are geared towards providing a better experience for mobile viewers, as well as more consistency between the mobile and desktop version.
Here’s the rest of the new features, as well as one upcoming update to keep an eye out for:
In the coming months, users will also be able to swipe left to watch a previous video or swipe right to watch the next one.