As human beings you think we’d have the ability to adapt to new technology and learn from our mistakes. But when it comes to shooting video on a mobile phone, this definitely isn’t the case.

Many of you mobile phone movie makers STILL hold your phone vertical when shooting video. By doing this, when you upload your video to a social network such as YouTube or Facebook, you get two awful looking black borders down the sides of your video as seen in the photo above. Stop this immediately please?

Yet in a classic ‘if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em move’, social networking website YouTube is implementing a vertical video player to combat those thick black borders on people’s vertically shot videos.

Other app makers have long been fighting the vertical video movement yet having no successes. Even TechNuovo posted a handy guide on how to properly film video for social networking.

But seeing as it feels so natural to hold your phone vertical on most tasks, it didn’t quite register with film makers to tilt their phone horizontally to give a widescreen perspective.

Apparently this fix is for Android users only. iOS and PC web users will still have to suffer the horror that is the black border. Sorry guys. Hopefully you will be able to catch up soon.

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