YouTube adds HDR support for much improved video quality

YouTube is getting a major quality update today with the addition of HDR video support. Unlike when YouTube added HD and then 4K years ago, this time it’s all about the colors.

If you’re not familiar, HDR video is somewhat similar to HDR photography in the sense that it allows for a greater range of tones between the brightest and darkest parts of an image.

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It’s different, however, in that it requires an HDR panel to display the full range of tones (the panel normally needs to bright enough for you to really perceive a difference, as well as support a wider gamut of colors than usual). As such, HDR is going to be hard for most people to fully appreciate; most of us don’t have a 4K TV, let alone one with HDR.