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YouTube now supports HDR Video

Coming to a 2016 Samsung SUHD TV near you soon

by Mark Hodgkinson Nov 8, 2016 at 4:23 PM


  • As from yesterday (7 November 2016), YouTube is now allowing users to upload videos in High Dynamic Range (HDR).
    Having been one of the first places to watch Ultra HD (4K) content, the World’s most popular video sharing site is now embracing HDR for video with higher contrast, more detailed shadows, brighter highlights and with more clarity than ever. YouTube will now also support wide colour gamut (WCG) for more vibrant images.

    Devices currently supporting YouTube HDR include the new Chromecast Ultra, with the 2016 range of Samsung SUHD TVs soon to be compatible. If you're using a device that doesn't yet support HDR, don't worry, videos will still play in standard dynamic range, thanks to an automated SDR down-conversion process. As more HDR devices become available, YouTube will work with partners to enable streaming of the HDR version.

    YouTube has already been working with YouTube creators like MysteryGuitarMan, Jacob + Katie Schwarz, and Abandon Visuals to bring you content in HDR but the gates are now open for all to upload HDR videos, although you’ll need the appropriate software to master it, such as Apple's Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere Pro.

    To make sure creators can easily get their videos up, YouTube has been working with a range of companies across the industry, including the DaVinci Resolve team to make uploading HDR just as simple as SDR videos. They’ve also outfitted the YouTube Spaces in LA and NYC with all the gear needed to produce HDR content.

    You can learn more about uploading HDR videos here

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