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YouTube Adding Support for HDR Videos

November 7, 2016Written by Alex Co


With the PS4 Pro touting enhanced visuals, and 4K and HDR (High Dynamic Range), those with TVs that support these features might be wondering when they’ll see some content that aren’t necessarily games.

Well, the wait is soon to be over, as YouTube has announced HDR support for videos! Of course, you need a TV that supports this new feature.

Today we are adding support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) videos on YouTube. HDR videos have higher contrast, revealing precise, detailed shadows and stunning highlights with more clarity than ever. Support for wide color gamut means colors are more vibrant. Simply put, HDR unlocks the most spectacular image quality we’ve ever streamed.

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.

YouTube has also released a simulated screen comparison that’s kind of in the extreme side, I think.

Simulated SDR vs HDR comparison (seeing true HDR requires an HDR display)

Simulated SDR vs HDR comparison (seeing true HDR requires an HDR display)

Content creators can also upload HDR videos as well starting today.

Starting today, any creator can upload HDR videos to YouTube. You can learn more about uploading HDR videos here. To make sure creators can tell awesome stories with even more color, we’ve been working with companies across the industry. We’ve worked with the DaVinci Resolve team to make uploading HDR just as simple as SDR videos to YouTube. We’ve also outfitted the YouTube Spaces in LA and NYC with all the gear needed to produce great HDR content.

What does it mean for gamers? For one thing, expect HDR gaming videos to be available very soon. Don’t forget, you can’t really see the effect unless you’re watching on a TV that supports HDR and in real life.

[Source: YouTube]