Starting today, YouTube creators can broadcast their videos live in a high dynamic range, this way YouTube will be the first major live streaming platform to support HDR.
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YouTube supports the HDR format for pre-recorded content since 2016. This technology provides a higher quality of detail by avoiding some problems with darker or lighter tones. Some objects would fade into the shadows or lights with a standard dynamic range, but with HDR this won’t be the case.
For the time being, the company has already assured that streaming will be compatible with HDR10 and HLG standards, although it has also assured that they are already working to expand this offer in the future. Google’s live streaming platform seeks to take an advantage over its main competitor, Twitch.
To benefit from the new technology, content creators must use compatible encoders, screens, and cameras; while viewers must watch on a compatible playback device, such as the YouTube application on HDR televisions, a Chromecast Ultra, or an Android device. Fortunately, Google has published a small list of compatible devices for both users.