YouTube Now Supports HDR Videos

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YouTube has announced that it now supports HDR videos. HDR (or High Dynamic Range) has been getting a lot of attention lately since both the Xbox One S and the upcoming PlayStation 4 Pro support it. Now that YouTube videos support HDR content, it means that those with HDR-capable consoles will be able to show the world what these new systems are capable of.


YouTube details the benefits of HDR and how to upload HDR enabled videos in a blog post. The process for uploading HDR videos isn’t different from that of uploading standard videos. The only difference is that one must make sure that the video has HDR metadata in the codec or container. According to Google support, “the most reliable way to properly record the metadata is to export from a supported application, such as BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve 12.5.2.”

Anyone can play videos uploaded in HDR, but they’ll need to watch them on a device that allows HDR playback (like an HDR TV equipped with Chromecast Ultra) to actually see the expanded color range. There’s an HDR playlist available so that folks can see what HDR is all about. The videos themselves aren’t anything special, but over time there will no doubt be more compelling HDR content — especially when gamers start uploading videos they recorded from their new consoles.

Though the Xbox One S does have a handful of games that support HDR, it is Sony’s PS4 Pro that is taking the big plunge into HDR gaming. By the end of the year, there will be nearly fifty games capable of enabling HDR. Even the standard PlayStation 4 can display certain games in HDR thanks to a recent firmware update. However, it should be noted that HDR is only for 4K televisions. Anyone with a 1080p TV will not be able to see images in High Dynamic Range.

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