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Vimeo has added support for HDR videos, and added 8K to the mix for good measure. This means that videos hosted on Vimeo now have the capacity to look amazing. That is if you have a device capable of displaying HDR and ultra high-definition videos. Which you probably don’t… yet.
HDR, or High Dynamic Range, offers a higher contrast between the darkest darks and the lightest lights. The contrast between the two is ramped up, and the colors in-between are clearer and more vibrant. HDR is a treat for the eyes, and Vimeo has jumped on board the bandwagon.
How HDR Videos Work on Vimeo
Vimeo states that HDR videos “need to be shot in HDR, like on the Red HDRx or Canon DSLR, or mastered to HDR in post”. You can then upload it using your preferred method, whether that’s “the Vimeo panel for Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Dropbox, or directly from the upload page.”
— Vimeo (@Vimeo) November 16, 2017
Vimeo will “automatically detect and display HDR whenever it is supported,” and HDR videos will be labelled with an HDR badge. In order to watch HDR videos, viewers will “need a screen that supports HDR10 and HEVC,” which includes the new iPhone X, the iPad Pro, and the Apple TV 4K.
HDR Is Better Late Than Never
Although it’s nice to see Vimeo adding HDR support, the site is a little late to the party. Netflix and Amazon have both supported HDR for some time, while YouTube added support for HDR in November 2016. Still, Vimeo is one of the best video sites around, so we’ll cut it some slack.
Do you use Vimeo? If so, what’s your favorite thing about the site? Do you own a device capable of displaying HDR videos? If so, will you be making use of Vimeo’s support for the technology? What else would you like to see Vimeo add? Please let us know in the comments below!