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Musician Takes on the Dreaded Vertical Video Syndrome in Song


“Please film in landscape mode, turn your phone please turn your phone…” sings musician Jonathan Mann in his most recent video extolling the virtues of shooting videos in landscape. It’s a humorous short PSA music video in which Mann takes on the dreaded problem of Vertical Video Syndrome (or VVS) by taking to the streets.

This isn’t the first time someone has tried correcting a problem that is as comical as it is frustrating. As YouTube’s Glove and Boots pointed out a little over a year ago: you can turn a photo vertically, you can’t turn your monitor. Their suggestion was to admonish everyone you ran into shooting vertical video with a stern “You’re not shooting that right dummy!”


Mann takes a kinder approach, and simply corrects the people he runs into, all the while singing about it (which, lets face it, helps get the message across). Fair warning, there is one suggestive lyric in the video, but otherwise it’s clean.

Click play at the top to see the full song and, if you happen to know someone who recently (or not so recently) came down with a case of VVS, pass it along as a gentle reminder that monitors, TVs and movie theatre screens are all, in fact, oriented horizontally.

(via Laughing Squid)

P.S. For another musical attack on VVS, check out blogger Franchesca Leigh Ramsey‘s similar video she put out a few weeks ago: