YouTube has added support for High Dynamic Range (HDR) videos. This means that if you a) have the right equipment, and b) watch the right video, you can see YouTube in a whole new light (and color). After all, HDR videos definitely haven’t been filmed using a potato.
YouTube has officially unveiled its support for HDR video. Starting this week, you’ll be able to watch YouTube videos in HDR as long as you own a compatible device. This includes selected UHD TVs, the PlayStation 4, and the new Chromecast Ultra.
HDR is just the latest in a long line of technologies YouTube has supported in recent years. The list includes 4K video, 3D video, and 360-degree video. Thankfully, if you don’t have the necessary equipment, HDR videos will play perfectly fine in Standard Definition Range (SDR).
Ahead of launching support for HDR, YouTube has roped several of its popular creators into creating HDR content. These include MysteryGuitarMan, Jacob + Katie Schwarz, and Abandon Visuals. The YouTube playlist of HDR videos is currently very short, but should grow over time.
Wait, What Is HDR Again?
You may be sat there thinking, “That’s all well and good, but what the hell is HDR video anyway?!” Don’t worry, as MakeUseOf has you covered.
As we explained in our introduction to HDR, High Dynamic Range essentially offers a higher contrast between the darkest dark colors and lightest light colors. The contrast between the two is ramped up significantly, and the colors in-between are clearer and more vibrant than ever before.
Or, as YouTube puts it:
“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.”
HDR video is gaining support from an increasing number of streaming services, including Netflix and Amazon. You do require the right hardware for the job, but more manufacturers are supporting HDR in an effort to deliver the absolute best quality video to consumers.
Will you be watching HDR videos on YouTube? Do you own the necessary hardware? Is HDR going to stick around in the same way as 4K? Or is it a novelty similar to 3D? Can you even tell the difference between HDR and SDR? Please let us know in the comments below!
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