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Vimeo Adds Support for HDR and 8K Video

Dave Parrack 16-11-2017

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 HDR TV: What It Is & Why You'll Need It in 2016 High Dynamic Range, or HDR, is shaping up to be the big TV buzzword for 2016. But what is it? Will it live up to the hype? Here's all you need to know. Read More , 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 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 You Can Now Watch HDR Videos On YouTube YouTube has added support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) videos. And if one thing's certain, it's that HDR videos haven't been filmed using a potato. Read More in November 2016. Still, Vimeo is one of the best video sites around 10 Video Sites That Are Better Than YouTube Here are some great alternative video sites to YouTube, although the "better than" is obviously open to debate. Read More , 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!

Related topics: 8K, HDR, Online Video, Vimeo.

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