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What is YouTube HDR?

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Introduction to YouTube HDR

Youtube has now supported the High dynamic range content. The HDR compatible devices are already available and trending across the markets. Other media companies like Netflix and Amazon also offering the high dynamic range. Most of the people are in confusion how they can watch the favorite videos on youtube in HDR.

Youtube had formally announced its plan of HDR in January 2016.

The HDR videos have high contrast which is very bright with precise experience that highlights the image in a stunning way. The technology mainly improves the video quality by expanding the ratio of the contrast and color palette. It delivers more realistic and natural type of images with rich colors that are bright and stunning. It consists of dark black shadowy scenes which are just beyond the HD TV. There are different levels of standards that are available in the HDR.

Users can watch HDR from the creators on Youtube platform who has uploaded using their own HDR videos with the HDE capable cameras just like 360-degree videos. Users can also rent the HDR movies from the Youtube platform. The HDR is mainly useful for the high contrast color scenes.

How to Upload High Dynamic Range (HDR) videos on YouTube

The HDR videos can upload all users of to youtube platform. it shows a great contrast of colours than the standard digital video.

Youtube users can watch the HDR on GDR supportive Television sets. They can also be able to stream the video by utilising the chrome cast ultra for HDR TV. Users can confirm the HDR playback as it consists of HDR badge. The non-HDR users can only able to access the SDR which is known as the standard dynamic range.

When comes to uploading of HDR videos the video must have the metadata related to the HDR in the codec which can play as HDR video content on youtube platform. The best way to upload the HDR video content is to record the metadata and export to for application support.

If users are using the different type of workflow. Users can also utilise the HDR metadata tool for the HDR metadata creation purpose. If they are not sure of using the HDR graded video, then it might affect the videos badly.

Once the video marked as an HDR then it must upload in the same process just like a normal video upload. Before that, the user has to follow the DCI P3 configuration which may vary depending upon the requirements.

Youtube HDR Video requirements

After uploading the video content the platform supports the resolution and will automatically convert the HDR video to the SDR video if it is necessary.

But the HDR need special requirements to be compatible with the platform. It is compatible with quality up to 2160p with up to 60 frame rate. The best frame bitrate for video encoded with H.264 which requires specific upload encoding setting. The HDR video file encoding containers include MOV, MP4 and MKV. The HDR metadata can process with correct transfer functionality with PQ and HLG. It can utilise the PQ signalling that contains good information about the display which can master on ST 2086.

HDR Tools

It incorporated the DaVinci resolve software version 12.5.2. some of the HDR metadata can be exported. It is the one and only software that supports the standard metadata out of the box.

Users can go to the project settings and can choose the DaVinci Resolve YRGB color managed. After that, you can access the color management p[age and choose the output color space.

All these above points can help the creators about how to deal with the new HDR feature on Youtube.


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