YouTube Launches HDR for Livestreams

Social media giant YouTube has rolled out High-dynamic Range (HDR) for live streams giving the most spectacular image quality for live content. This was launched on December 8, 2020 (Tuesday).

“We want to continue enabling these vibrant experiences in real-time. That’s why today we’re launching HDR for live streams on YouTube. HDR videos have higher contrast, revealing precise, detailed shadows and stunning highlights with more clarity than ever. And by bringing HDR to live streams, we’re unlocking the most spectacular image quality for live content yet.”

-YouTube Official Blog

Here are two photos showing the difference between SDR or Standard Dynamic range (above) and HDR (below).

sdr vs. hdr
SDR (above) vs. HDR (below)
Photo Source: YouTube Official Blog

In 2016, YouTube has added HDR support that brought a new level of color to the platform. With the newly launched support to live HDR streams in the platform videos will have higher contrast, revealing precise, detailed shadows and stunning highlights with more clarity than ever

According to YouTube, beginning December 8, any creator on YouTube using a supported encoder will be able to stream in HDR to YouTube.

While any viewers can watch live streams in HDR on supported devices which includes the latest Android mobile devices or HDR-capable smart TV or streaming stick. 

“We’ve been so inspired with how creators have added a whole new dimension to their videos with HDR and can’t wait to see what this means for livestreams. Give it a try and let us know what you think!” YouTube added.

Photo Source: Seeing is believing: Launching HDR for live streams |YouTube Official Blog

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