As per the latest news, YouTube announced that from today onwards, YouTube creators will be able to live to stream their videos in High Dynamic Range (HDR). It should be noted that initially YouTube supported HDR since 2016 but that was exclusively for in prerecorded contents. In simple words, from today, live content can also benefit from this technology.
YouTube is claiming that they are “the first major platform to support live HDR”. At launch, it supports HDR10 and HLG standards. YouTube said that it has plans for expansion in the near future.
For those unaware of HDR, it is a technology that lets videos show a wider range of colours and brightness. Just for example, the colour black can be darker while the colour white can be brighter. This technology reveals more details in the shadows and highlights of an image, respectively. With these effects, the images appear much more punchy and vibrant.
Some experts argue that the jump from SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) to HDR offers a bigger benefit than the jump from 1080p to 4K. It should be noted that YouTube added support for 4K live streaming back in 2016.
To get the benefit of the technology, creators will have to use one of the supported encoders listed by Google while viewers will have to watch on a supported playback device such as on YouTube app of HDR TVs, a Chromecast Ultra, or an Android device with an HDR display.
In the near future, the company is planning to add support for more encoders and mobile devices to stream HDR content.