Skip to main content
Buy TET Life art on Skateboards and more. etourist Skateboards Store.

IGTV - Vertical Video Done Right by Instagram

I am not a huge fan of vertical videos because they are reduced down when played in a standard horizontal format player, so it can be hard to see the detail. Usually vertical videos have black blocks on either side. It feels a lot like your watching the video from a neighbouring dark room through a narrow door frame. Also you don't get as much width in your shots making it hard to frame all of the action.

Instagram TV (IGTV) basically says 'so what' to all of the above. You can access IGTV through an icon menu item on the Instagram app (or I think you can install it separately).
Access IGTV from Instagram
via the IGTV icon.
You'll be taken directly to the IGTV app where the first video in your stream will automatically start playing (usually with the sound off) after first seeing some old style TV static to give that authentic 'television' like experience.



The IGTV app is designed so well you can easily browse videos on your mobile phone with just your thumb. Swipe left to play the next video, swipe up to browse thumbnails of videos in either your stream or other typical categories like 'For You' or 'Popular'.

A testament to how well the interface is designed is that I find myself being annoyed with people uploading horizontal video to the platform... stop making me turn my phone sideways (even though I turn my phone with every other video platform).

IGTV is meant to be viewed on a mobile phone in portrait/vertical format, just like the original Instagram Photo app... and it actually works. It's a great first try for the platform.

Not so great is a lot of the content being uploaded. People tend to be using IGTV as a way to post longer 'stories' videos. I have never been a fan of Instagram stories. Every time I watch those one minute or less videos/slide shows (or whatever they happen to be) I feel I got nothing out of them. It's a feature that should have stayed, in my opinion, with Snap Chat, rather than being integrated into Facebook and Instagram.

That aside, IGTV is new. I'm sure the content will improve. With the ability to upload up to an hour per video, people are going to start experimenting with creating content especially for the vertical format - I think those who do will have the most success with it.

This is what happens when you want to take a
quick image of yourself on IGTV and
you only have a webcam handy.
I recently set up my own IGTV channel - which is easy to do if you have your own Instagram account already (mine's @etourist.tet). At the time of writing I have only one video uploaded, a short 2 minute talk to camera, introducing myself and my content, shot in vertical format.

One issue I had immediately was finding an app that can edit vertical video right on my phone, so I could edit out my mistakes, and add title overlays and an end screen. It makes sense to edit on your phone so you're not messing around transferring files between devices. Film, edit, and upload, all from the same device.

Movavi Clips for Android.
I use Movavi Video Suite on my desktop for editing my YouTube content. I knew they had a free mobile app so I decided to check it out. Thankfully it delivered with built in settings for vertical, square, and horizontal formats. Their app is really easy to use on a touch screen phone, even for trying to get accurate video cut points. Unfortunately the free version does watermark your video but I was so happy with it, I'm planning to upgrade to the paid version.

I'm not sure how much content I'll be making for IGTV but being able to do everything on my phone is a huge advantage, and I'm sure a good start for the platform in terms of future support. I'm actually excited to try creating content exclusively for IGTV and their vertical format, rather than just re-purposing the content I make for YouTube.

You currently can't access IGTV from your PC or the desktop version of the Instagram site. If you want to see what it's all about you'll need the Instagram Phone app (or maybe just the IGTV standalone app), then just tap the IGTV icon to get started.

Comments


Buy Gifts and Apparel featuring art by TET

Popular posts from this blog

Guest Post: MY SOOPER DOOPER NEW CONSERVATORY/ART STUDIO!

Jo's new Art Studio/Conservatory. Today's guest post is by Artist, Writer, and Mental Health Advocate, Jo B Creative who writes for her blog,  Creating My Oddessey . Y ou should see our (almost) brand new conservatory, half of which is my art studio. 'Lucky me!' I think to myself. Not every creative bod can boast that. It's HUGE! Like a giant greenhouse. We first moved to our pleasant cul-de-sac house - great for raising kids - when our son, who's on the cusp of thirty-one, was four. One of the main reasons that we wanted it was that, apart from its location on the fringes of a historic market town in rural Hampshire, UK, it had a sizable conservatory looking onto the back garden. It was brown wood framed and had a corrugated transparent roof sloping down from downstairs ceiling height. On the face of it, it doesn't sound that glamourous, but we loved the idea of a conservatory. Luxury! I even liked the red brick walls which it was built against -

Batman v Superman: Dawn of the Onesie #Sadbatman

Although we haven't seen it clearly for sure, film director Kevin Smith (who has seen a well lit, color photo of the suit), says Ben Affleck's Bat costume is pretty much identical to the Frank Miller, Dark Knight Returns suit. If that's true then Ben's world weary Batman will be going 'old school' and be wearing his underpants on the outside (as he should).

One Week on Light n' Easy #lightneasy

My partner, Enigma, and I recently decided to try Light n' Easy to replace all our daily meals in an effort to eat healthier (and not have to think at all about cooking evening meals). Enigma is about to embark on her third week of their full menu but I caved after one and opted just to get the dinners.

How to Transfer Any Line Art to Your Griptape - Easy Skateboard Griptape Art Tutorial

Dog Star Griptape Art by TET Griptape art is once again gaining popularity amongst modern skateboarders. For those of us who have tried to create our own griptape art, using paint pens, you'll know reproducing your design onto the grip, without making any mistakes is incredibly challenging. Mostly because you just have to go for it and draw the design freehand, with paint pens, directly onto the griptape. You can make the odd mistake here or there but if you get the proportions of the design completely wrong, it can be very difficult to fix. Often you just have to live with the mistake. To address the problem I've come up with an easy way anyone can transfer a line art design to their griptape, removing almost all the anxiety of getting the proportions wrong. In fact, you could do this with any line art design, even if you have no drawing skill at all. Watch the video below to see my technique in action and/or skip past the video where I highlight the basic steps to get your de

Boom Crash Opera Born Classic But Not Again

Boom Crash Opera are an Australian Band that reached the peak of their popularity in the mid to late nineteen eighties. They are a band that I knew about at that time but was never really excited by until they released their ill fated double album Born and Born Again in 1995 (Album cover pictured). At the time of its release I was very much into emerging Australian musical acts and was also looking out for new sounds that were different and had kind of a futuristic/electronic sound. Artists that I was buying at the time included; Swoop , Nine Inch Nails and Pop Will Eat Its Self . As well as a really interesting release by David Bowie, the concept album, Outside . Born was a fairly radical departure for Boom Crash Opera (BCO). The first single, Gimme , was often compared to the sounds of Gary Glitter, particularly his single, Rock n Roll part 2 , because of the pounding drum loops. Watch the video below. My favorite single from the album is dissemble which probably went now

Course Review: YouTube for Bosses - Sunny Lenarduzzi. How to grow your YouTube Channel into a Business

YouTube for Bosses Free Mug...  or the most expensive mug  you'll ever buy? I've been subscribed to  Sunny Lenarduzzi's YouTube channel for a few years, learning a lot on how to grow a following on sites like YouTube and Instagram. If you have any interest in growing your own YouTube channel I'd highly recommend watching some of Sunny's videos on the subject.  Definitely explore her 2019 back catalogue for the most useful information. This year she's been on a bit of a 'being authentic' pivot that, personally, doesn't resonate all that much with me (but probably speaks volumes to anyone with similar experience). I'm not saying she shouldn't or isn't being authentic, it's just I didn't subscribe to hear stories about her life journey. To get back on track, Sunny runs a successful online business with her flagship course, YouTube for Bosses , a stand alone paid course that does act as something of a gateway to further paid (but opt

Movie Review: Justice League (2017) *Spoiler Free*

I'll say, right out of the gate, I enjoyed Justice League . Sure it has a fairly straight forward, let's get the team together and battle a world destroying common enemy, plot but, after the complexity of Batman v Superman , it was nice just to see my favorite heroes come together and fight as a team. I've seen a few reviews that claim you don't get enough backstory for the newer team members, Aquaman, Flash, and Cyborg, but honestly, knowing more about their history isn't essential.