Vimeo Video Streaming Service supports High-dynamic Range Videos 8K and HDR

Vimeo Video Streaming Service supports High-dynamic Range Videos 8K and HDR

Video Streaming Service Vimeo, added support for high-dynamic range videos Thursday. The service is now allowing creators to upload HDR videos, and viewers can watch them on supported devices, including ’s recently-launched TV 4K.

A few streaming services have supported colorful high dynamic range video and ultra-high resolutions for a while, but Vimeo is making up for lost in grand style. The company has added support for both HDR videos and resolutions as high as 8K. You’re going to need a very rare 8K display to see footage in its full glory. However, HDR support is considerably broader: you ‘only’ need a device that can play HEVC video using HDR10. Some of Apple’s newer devices (including the 4K, iPhone X and 2017 Pros) already do, and Vimeo is quick to point out that it’s currently the only video hosting service to play HDR on Apple gear.

Conventional video is still available, of course, and you can download videos at their full quality (when eligible) if you want to share them or don’t have the bandwidth to stream them smoothly. Vimeo is also promising HDR for more video standards (such as VP9 and AV1), so don’t despair if you’re relegated to “just” standard dynamic range.

This won’t necessarily make a difference in your day-to-day viewing unless your favorite internet video producers upload to Vimeo. With that said, this could be important if you’re the one producing videos. You now have another place to upload video at extremely high quality, and it will be viewable on more devices. Moreover, this gives filmmakers an easy way to sell these videos and otherwise put their best foot forward.

Vimeo HDR Support Highlights

  • Over a billion colours (10bit support)
    • Vimeo now supports 10-bit video, which means the image quality is strikingly clear and cleaner than ever before; the precision and nuance of 10-bit allows us to upgrade from 16 million colours to 1 billion colours. Your viewers can now be truly enraptured in the gradient of a sunset, the subtlety of an ocean, and the emotion in a close-up that you worked so hard to capture— and not get distracted by colour banding.
  • Wider colour range, made for the human eye
    • With BT.2020 (or Rec.2020) support and wider colour gamuts (WCG), your image will now represent over 75% of the colour that the human eye can see. That’s a big change: most modern colour gamuts in videos are limited to a 35% colour range. But with BT.2020, we can truly depict your deepest reds, brightest greens, and darkest blacks like never before.
  • Support for 4K, 5K, 6K and even 8K resolutions
    • We can now unlock your 5K, 6K, and 8K videos for your fans to watch on their Ultra High Def devices, or you can download them for file sharing.
    • While 8K displays are just starting to hit the market, this isn’t just about your viewers: if you shoot in 8K Vimeo wants you to be able to sell, distribute, or submit to festivals in the best quality possible.
  • More visual data, smaller file sizes

    • Vimeo uses codecs — software to encode and decode video files — to optimize visual data, while delivering the highest quality.

How does HDR work on Vimeo?

  • Footage has to be shot in HDR, on any camera with either and HDR in-camera option, or LOG profile, such as a Panasonic GH5, or mastered for HDR in post.
  • Then you can upload from anywhere
  • Videos available in HDR will include an “HDR” badge on the video page and player. Vimeo automatically detect and display HDR whenever it is supported.

In order to watch HDR videos, your viewers will need a screen that supports HDR10 and HEVC. And since Vimeo now works across the newly released iPhone X, iPad Pro, and Apple TV 4K, the tricky process of finding and viewing HDR just got much simpler. If you don’t have an HDR-compatible system, you can still download HDR HEVC files for your sharing and file transfer needs. Anyone who receives the video file can watch it on HDR-supported devices with the QuickTime or VLC players.

If the viewer doesn’t have an HDR-supported device, Vimeo will always create a separate SDR-optimized version of videos.


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