Portrait Video is Wrong

I have a really hard time watching videos shot in portrait mode. I don’t understand why anyone would shoot video this way. I don’t think I can go a day without seeing someone posting a portrait oriented video on Facebook or Youtube.

So much of the image is lost by doing this because most videos are viewed on screens that are landscape oriented – they may seem okay in portrait on your phone, but once these videos get shared, they look awful on a computer or TV. So please, do everyone a favour, and just hold your phone in landscape mode when you capture a video. Especially if it’s something important; like say you see Bigfoot or a UFO.

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Portrait Video is Wrong

Observations

I ride a train to work, and during my commute, I can’t help but notice how people use their smartphones and tablets. As someone that follows the tech industry closely, I’m fascinated by how “normal” people use their personal technology.

One of the things I’ve noticed is that a few years ago, a legitimate troubleshooting tip seems to have spread among the general population: quitting apps in iOS. You achieve this by double pressing the home button and bringing up the app switcher view. Then you flick the app out of view and essentially quitting it. If you do a quick search, people think that it saves battery life, but they’re wrong. In most cases, doing this is completely useless and is a waste of time.

It pretty much does nothing except force the app to start over the next time you need to use it, in many cases making it slower to open. There’s really no need to do this unless the app is causing a problem. For example, if you see that your device’s battery is draining quickly, you can quit the app that is causing it once you know which one it is by checking the app battery usage. You may also want to quit an app that is acting strange, which can happen. In most cases though, just let the phone figure it out. That’s it’s job.

Observations