YouTube just added native support for HDR videos

The facility is available for any HDR TV through the latest Chromecast Ultra, or natively in the new range of Samsung SUHD or UHD devices.


YouTube has announced support for HDR videos. HDR content on YouTube can be consumed on HDR ready devices starting today. Televisions have only recently started supporting HDR content, and your Television will need to be HDR ready to support the latest feature from YouTube.

The facility is available for any HDR TV through the latest Chromecast Ultra, or natively in the new range of Samsung SUHD or UHD devices.

In terms of content, YouTube has some content available already after partnering with creators. Jacob + Katie Schwarz and Abandon Visuals are some of the partnering channels with HDR videos already uploaded and ready to watch. All users can start uploading HDR videos on YouTube from today. The upload process is a little different from regular videos, and requires the HDR metadata to be appended to the upload. According to YouTube, The most reliable way to export to is to use BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve.

 YouTube just added native support for HDR videos

A simulation of the difference HDR makes to video.

HDR videos support a wider gamut of colours as compared to regular videos. The shadows contain more details and the colours pop out more. The overall image appears more vibrant. Overall, the picture is meant to be a more accurate representation of what the human eye can see. YouTube has had a history of introducing cutting edge technologies to its online video service. Previous feature introductions include 3D video, 360 degree video, HD video, Live videos, 4K videos and support for spatial audio.


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