YouTube adds HDR support
Staff Reporter | On 08, Nov 2016
YouTube now supports HDR video streaming.
HDR, which stands for High Dynamic Range, is the latest buzz-word on the video circuit. The technology essentially has a better range of highs and lows, with higher contrast levels allowing for vibrant, bright colours and precise, detailed shadows with added clarity.
YouTube has always been quick to adopt the latest advancements in video, from HD and 4K to live-streaming and 360-degree videos. The site, though, is a little late to the HDR game, with Amazon Prime Video and Netflix already introducing support for the video format earlier this year. Sony recently added HDR support for the PlayStation console too, alongside Microsoft and its Xbox One S.
YouTube’s announcement follows the launch of the new Chromecast Ultra, which is HDR compatible, although you will need an HDR-friendly screen to actually see the difference in picture quality. As well as the new Chromecast, YouTube HDR videos will soon be available on all 2016 Samsung SUHD and UHD TVs.
“If you’re using a device that doesn’t yet support HDR, don’t worry, videos will still play in standard dynamic range. As more HDR devices become available, YouTube will work with partners to enable streaming of the HDR version,” said YouTube Software Engineer Steven Robertson on the official YouTube blog.
“And if you want to watch some amazing content in HDR today, we got you covered. We’ve worked with YouTube creators like MysteryGuitarMan, Jacob + Katie Schwarz, and Abandon Visuals to bring you great content in HDR.”
To give you an idea of the difference HDR can make, compare the below image to the one above:
Any creator can now upload HDR videos to YouTube, with the YouTube Spaces in LA and NYC also outfitted with all the gear needed to produce HDR content.
“HDR adds a whole new dimension of creative freedom and visual spectacle, and we’ve barely scratched the surface of what this means for storytelling. We can’t wait to see the amazing videos you’re going to make with HDR,” added Robertson.