Big Little Idea

So we're totally used to still photographs being in either landscape (horizontal) or portrait (vertical) orientation, but all of our moving images are presented in landscape format. It's not that our video cameras are incapable of capturing portrait format, just turn one on its side, it's that most people's tvs can't be rotated. Now that we watch a lot of video on our computer screens, why can't I produce video that's in portrait format? Why does my software stick to landscape with a small number of aspect ratios? I think we're really stifling creativity here. It's time to free our video from the artificial constratints of the horizontal rectangle. Portrait video, square video, round video, shaped video: it should all be available to us.

2008.07.25 at 7:15am EDT