Earlier today at CES 2016, YouTube’s chief business officer, Robert Kyncl, announced the added support for HDR – high dynamic range – videos on YouTube. The announcement was delivered briefly during a presentation about YouTube’s new features. HDR support shows that YouTube is now following in the footsteps of Netflix as well as Amazon.
Basically, videos shot using HDR will now be displayed on YouTube with accurate details. HDR brings additional details to a particular video that weren’t highlighted before. This is done by taking one frame and combining different exposures to create images that are rich in colour and detail. This announcement came at a very suitable time, now that HDR TVs are slowly being pushed out.
Although HDR videos will soon be supported on YouTube, only users with HDR compatible monitors and TVs will be able to distinguish the difference in quality and colour. Despite this, HDR videos are still relatively new and with time, HDR will become an industry standard. When that happens, more people will be able to appreciate the benefits that it brings.
Besides announcing HDR support, YouTube also announced its partnership with GoPro to bring more 360-degree video content in the future. This announcement is coincidently aligned with the imminent release of consumer VR headsets this year.