TCRS 639 – [VLOG] Testing The Waters With Vertical Video

by Cliff Ravenscraft on January 30, 2016

in The Old Pursing A Balanced Life Podcast



This is a very special episode of The Cliff Ravenscraft Show. I've recently fallen in love with SnapChat. The greatest feature is the ability to share random thoughts and experiences throughout my day through “snaps.”

At the end of the day, I have the ability to download all the snaps in my “SnapChat Story” into a single .mp4 video file. I'd been keeping these for the past three days and I thought about creating a separate video podcast to share them. However, it occurred to me that, this is exactly the sort of content that I had in my mind to share in The Cliff Ravenscraft Show.

I'm no stranger to dropping video episodes into what is normally an audio only podcast feed. And well.. This is the “Cliff Ravenscraft” show and this is something that I'm currently very passionate about. So, well, I'm going to start including some of my daily snapchat stories as episodes of this show. Don't worry, there will still be audio only episodes in the future as well.

I'm interested to hear what you think of the episode. Let me know in the comments below.

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  • David Neal

    Nice idea Cliff. My main comment is that the front facing camera on the phone via snapchat produces a mirror image. If I were you, i would flip that in Premier or FCP. Looks very unprofessional to have the text on your Tshirt backwards! Obviously your studio camera is better quality so that transition was a bit jarring, but you described what you were doing. Also, as I said over on Twitter, you can upload your snapchat stories directly to Slinger and archive them there also. (on slinger as on snapchat everyone’s selfies are mirrored so that would be expected.) Vervid is also a platform for storing verticals, but I don’t expect them to last much longer. Try vimeo too, it doesn’t screw up vertical video as much/often as facebook or (espcially) youtube do in my experience. i did a short paper with example verticals on several platforms here Best luck.

  • Thanks for the feedback. I am not worried about the mirrored image and professionalism. I’m first and foremost interested in sharing the content.

    problem with reversing the image in post production is that I sometimes use the front facing camera and I’d have to manually make sure those portions don’t get reversed.

    At the end of the day, I’m just trying to share ideas, thoughts and experiences with my audience.

    Thank for the link to your post.

  • David Neal

    i understand the back and forth front/back camera issue. obviously you mean this to be an informal info channel. all snapchat stuff works this way. however, it does not look good and i personally would be embarrassed to promulgate/archive such amateur work. no wonder vertical video has such a bad reputation!

  • davedufour

    Hi Cliff — Long time since I’ve communicated with you (early 2015 was pretty traumatic for me). but I still enjoy following your endeavors. Good on you! Also, I’m glad someone is trying to add meaning to SnapChat. Vertical video DOES make me cringe, but as a strictly mobile medium, it makes sense to me. (I’d never let my visual communications students do their final project vertical, though.) I don’t like the reversed image though. Why can’t they get that right?

  • I appreciate you sharing your feedback.

  • Great question.

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