YouTube was rumored to bring support for HDR video since the beginning of this year. The video app from Google has now officially added support for HDR videos for improved video quality.
Users can now watch YouTube videos in HDR on supported devices, such as HDR TVs with the new Chromecast Ultra, and soon on all 2016 Samsung SUHD and UHD TVs. Videos will still play in standard dynamic range on devices that don’t yet support HDR. YouTube will work with partners to enable streaming of the HDR version. YouTube has already added support for 4K content, 360-degree video and live-streaming.
YouTube said in a company blog post,
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.
Creator can upload HDR videos to YouTube who said it has worked with the DaVinci Resolve team to make HDR uploading simple as SDR videos to YouTube. Google has worked with a number of YouTuber creators including MysteryGuitarMan, Jacob and Katie Schwarz and Abandon Visuals to have premium HDR content ready for launch. At present, platforms like Netflix and Amazon also support HDR.