We all knew video on YouTube would only get better; and the Google-owned video streaming website today confirmed it. YouTube on Monday announced the addition of High Dynamic Range [HDR] video support. Today’s update is all about colors; and for those not familiar with what HDR is, it is similar to HDR photography.
“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,” YouTube said on Monday in a blog post.
With HDR, you will be able to see more vibrant colors as well as make of the image in darker, shadowy scenes, reports TechCrunch. This is made possible by the fact that it offers improved picture quality with higher contrast. The technology is pretty new, and is not available to a wider audience. As a matter of fact, only a handful of users with supported devices will be able to use it.
Monday’s launch is all about getting the video streaming website ready for the future. However, anyone with an HDR-enabled TV can view HDR content on select YouTube channels now.
YouTube creators who can’t wait for the much talked about future when a lot of supported devices will be out in the market can start making HDR video upload on the site from Monday. Google said it worked with the DaVinci Resolve team to make HDR video upload as simple as SDR video upload. For creators who want to invest on HD content, YouTube is making HDR recording gear available in its Spaces in L.A. and New York.
“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.”
Laudable as this is, YouTube still has a lot to do to educate its creators on how to use HDR. A lot still needs to be done to help creators learn or know how to edit and color a video correctly.
In 2015, YouTube began rolling out new features and updates that gradually phased out some unsupported devices as well as older Apple TV. The company notes that some devices made on or before 2012 will find out some app specially made by YouTube would no longer be compatible with their devices. This is based on a change in YouTube’s Data API, which it says opens it up to features like comments, flagging videos, captions, and RSS push notifications.
Devices that have so far been identified as falling under this category include older Blu-ray disc players from Sony and Panasonic, Google TV devices running version 3 or 4, game consoles that lack support for Adobe Flash or HTML5, along with iOS devices running anything less than iOS 7.