About four years ago, YouTube introduced HDR support for pre-recorded video content uploaded to the platform, and it was a breakthrough. As for living broadcasts, it was impossible to improve quality with this technology until this week.
A couple of days ago, YouTube announced that it is launching HDR for live streaming and making YouTube the first significant platform to stream high-quality HDR content.
Let’s take a look at what is hiding under HDR. It is a high dynamic range – video has a broader range of colors and higher contrast. It, in turn, makes HDR video brighter whites and darker blacks. The overall image is much brighter than the standard video.
If you are not a big fan of picture quality, you may not notice the difference between HDR and non-HDR video and between 4k and 1080p video. By the way, YouTube is still the same four years ago, launched live broadcasts in 4K. We believe that the introduction of HDR support is a breakthrough in the world of live streaming.
You can watch HDR content using any device that supports HDR technology: TV, streaming box, or mobile device. YouTube has issued a guide for those planning to broadcast live in HDR.
Live stream HDR video content To live stream HDR video content, you need to Use a compatible encoder. Use a camera that supports HDR video with either the PQ or HLG color standards. Check your camera’s manual to see if these standards are supported.
From the YouTube Guide
Since the beginning of this month, YouTube has launched several significant new features for its live streaming. As a reminder, Premiere received an update a week ago that allows creators to stream pre-recorded uploaded video as a one-time live stream when it is first published. New features let you stream a teaser trailer or countdown to the video presentation. After a new video is presented, the recently uploaded content starts showing using a smooth transition.
YouTube has likely stepped up its live stream updates and enhancements due to the rise of other video ad competitors such as Twitch. Therefore, the introduction of such updates helps to maintain uniqueness in the market.
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