YouTube Adds Support for HDR Video Playback

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youtube-logo-thumb-225xauto-12725.jpgEngadget and other sites are reporting that YouTube has added support for HDR video playback. Right now, you can stream HDR content to a compatible device via the new Chromecast Ultra, and YouTube says that the functionality will soon be added directly to the app in Samsung's smart HDR-capable TVs. YouTube has even set up an HDR Launch Playlist where you can find the first crop of HDR videos. 

From Engadget
We knew it was coming, but it's finally here: YouTube is now streaming High Dynamic Range (HDR) video. Google announced today that it's enabled support for the the display technology, allowing viewers with HDR TVs and monitors to enjoy content with increased clarity, color range and contrast.

Although 4K video has been available on YouTube for some time, Google has waited on incorporating HDR. Only now are TV makers baking it in as standard, while popular gadgets like the Chromecast and PlayStation 4 recently got the feature.

High Dynamic Range, in simple terms, doesn't change the number of pixels that you see, it just gets more out of them. HDR offers a wider range of contrast and brightness than standard HD or UHD, allowing the resulting images to show more detail in darker parts of the screen and highlight a wider range of colors. You should be able to pick out details that you may not have noticed before.

Google worked with a number of YouTubers -- including MysteryGuitarMan, Jacob and Katie Schwarz and Abandon Visuals -- to have premium HDR content ready for launch, but anyone can now upload their visually enhanced video.

To read the full Engadget story, click here.

Additional Resources
YouTube rolls out support for HDR videos from TechCrunch.
True colors: adding support for HDR videos on YouTube from the YouTube Official Blog.


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