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What is YouTube HDR: Guide to High Dynamic Range (HDR) Videos

YouTube HDR

Youtube has now supported the High dynamic range content. The YouTube HDR-compatible devices are already available and trending across the markets. Other media companies like Netflix and Amazon are also offering a high dynamic range. Most of the people are in confusion about 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 a precise experience that stunningly highlights the image. The technology mainly improves the video quality by expanding the ratio of the contrast and color palette. It delivers a more realistic and natural type of image with rich colors that are bright and stunning. It consists of dark black shadowy scenes that 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 HDR videos with the HDE capable cameras just like 360-degree videos. Users can also rent HDR movies from the Youtube platform. The HDR is mainly used 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 colors 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 utilizing 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 it 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 utilize 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 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 a 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 utilize the PQ signaling 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.

Do you know YouTube is going to buzz with the HDR videos?

This is the most exciting news for the YouTube audiences and creators, which give the fine quality video to watch.

Do you want to find more about YouTube HDR videos just keep on reading the below content?

YouTube HDR Video

The name itself defines the theme of launching i.e. High Dynamic Range.

The YouTube HDR will provide the videos that deliver the more naturality of viewing in reality with effective colors and images by enlarging the ratio of contrast.

This will be the most exciting concept to provide the best video service to the audience.

The HDR videos are available on YouTube which are incorporated by the creators using HDR supporting cameras.

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

Before Uploading the HDR video to YouTube must check that the video has the HDR meta data or container which plays the video as the HDR video on YouTube channel.

If not then make it have the HDR meta data by exporting the application from “BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve 12.5.2”.

By using YouTube HDR meta data tool the HDR meta data can be added to the video.

Better use of “BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve” software:

The DaVinci Resolve YRGB color managed color science will found at the Master Project settings.

Then choose the color management page.

Then pick the out color space of either HLG-2020 or ST.2084.

Specifications to upload HDR video on YouTube:

2160p, 1440p, 1080p and 720p are the required resolution.

The color primaries should be Rec.709 or Rec.2020.

23.976,30,50,48,60,94,59,25,24 and 29.97 is the needed frame rate.

H.264 encoded video bitrate is preferred one.

HLG or PQ will be the EOTF.

File encoding:

MP4 container requires H.264 10 bit and DNxHR HQX.

H.264 10 bit, ProRes 422, ProRes 4444 and DNxHR HQX are needed for MOV container.

MKV requires ProRes 422, H.264 10 bit, ProRes 4444, VP9 Profile2 and DNxHR HQX.

How to find and watch YouTube videos in HDR?

The HDR badge will enable the YouTube audiences to watch the HDR videos by confirming the HDR playback. The previously worked YouTube creators are preferred to promote these HDR videos. The mobiles, TVs and Gaming consoles etc. will support to watch the HDR videos on YouTube.


The Chromecast Ultra can enable the mobile users to watch the HDR videos.


Samsung, LG, Vizio, Hisense, TCL, Panasonic, Sony are flexible to watch YouTube HDR videos.

Gaming consoles:

PS4 PRO of Sony is can enable the users to watch YouTube HDR videos.


The above phrases will give the brief idea on YouTube HDR videos.If you want to gain more followers just go on making HDR videos for YouTube Platform.

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