To test out the leading vertical (aka phone) video platforms online, I video'd a snag outside the Lakeville Field Station.
I wanted to post these videos, and then collect them here, on the web. That way, I can post little loops on these vertical video platforms, *and* collect them here on the plain, vanilla, open, web.
Is that possible, or do proprietary platforms make it difficult?
A snag, btw, is a dead tree that's still standing. You'll notice a lot of them, once you know they are a thing.
First, a basic, garden variety YouTube video.
Then I uploaded a video to TikTok. Looked fine on TikTok. Then I embedded it here. Not bad.
Snag: a standing dead or dying tree.
Then I tried the same thing, on Instagram's new "Reels" platform. The embedded version displays a truncated version of the video that appears on Instagram.
Then Twitter: the embedded version is similar to TikTok's: truncated.
Snag: a standing tree that’s dead or dying.
— dc denison (@dcdenison) September 5, 2021
Finally YouTube Shorts: A different kind of truncation.
Conclusion: it's possible to collect posts from TikTok, Instagram Reels, and YouTube Shorts, but it's not going to look pretty.