YouTube announced today support for High Dynamic Range (HDR), improving the brightness, image contrast and color range of videos. This is yet another step in YouTube's goal of offering content that can play on large HDTV screens.
"HDR videos have higher contrast, revealing precise, detailed shadows and stunning highlights with more clarity than ever," noted YouTube software engineer Steven Robertson and product manager Sanjeev Verma in their blog announcement. "Support for wide color gamut means colors are more vibrant. Simply put, HDR unlocks the most spectacular image quality we've ever streamed."
They said that starting right now, you can watch HDR content on HDR TVs with Chromecast Ultra and very soon on all 2016 Samsung SUHD and UHD TVs. Chromecast Ultra enables you to stream up to 4K Ultra HD & HDR picture quality over your WiFi network by simply plugging the device into your TV’s HDMI port. They say that it is extremely fast and has minimal buffering.
If you don't have an HDR enabled device, video will play in standard dynamic range. YouTube is currently working with partners that will bring more HDR content to the platform. In the meantime, you can check out the first HDR videos uploaded or remastered by YouTube creators that includes MysteryGuitarMan, Jacob + Katie Schwarz, and Abandon Visuals:
"Starting today, any creator can upload HDR videos to YouTube," says Robertson and Verma. To make sure creators can tell awesome stories with even more color, we’ve been working with companies across the industry. We’ve also outfitted the YouTube Spaces in LA and NYC with all the gear needed to produce great HDR content."
They added, "HDR adds a whole new dimension of creative freedom and visual spectacle, and we've barely scratched the surface of what this means for storytelling. We can't wait to see the amazing videos you're going to make with HDR."
To learn more about uploading your videos check out their HDR YouTube Help Section.