Vimeo has added support for HDR video on Apple TV 4K, iPhone X, and iPad Pro. It is also preparing for the future by letting creators upload videos in up to 8K resolution.
HDR across Apple’s devices
The company says that all creators who shoot and master in HDR can now upload videos in the new format to Vimeo. For viewers, HDR video is currently available to enjoy on Apple’s latest devices.
- “All Vimeo members who shoot or master HDR footage can upload those videos to Vimeo. And your viewers can now watch your color-optimized videos on the latest HDR displays. That includes support across Apple’s latest devices — including the iPhone X, iPad Pro, and Apple TV 4K — and we’re proud to be the only video-hosting platform available in HDR on these platforms right now,” the company said.
Vimeo has chosen to leverage the HDR10 and HLG formats as well as HEVC video compression.
- “As we evolve our platform to display even more visual data, we now leverage HEVC/H.265 transcodes in addition to the H.264 set we currently use. This enables us to unlock next-generation features like HDR, and improve efficiency, so you can view a higher quality video with the same bandwidth.”
The company did not comment specifically on other platforms such as Android TV, FireTV, and Roku, but did say that it is exploring the use of other codecs for HDR, too.
- “This is just the first step: ubiquity is always a top goal for us. Expect to see details on HDR for more codecs (like VP9) in the upcoming year,“ the company teased. “And rest assured, as more hardware and software comes out with HDR support, you’ll see our list of supported platforms continue to grow.”
Google is currently using VP9-2 to offer YouTube in HDR on select devices such as Chromecast Ultra.
5K, 6K, and 8K resolution
The company has also added support for 5K, 6K, and even 8K resolution. This will enable creators to upload video in even higher quality for a future where the ecosystem moves beyond 4K resolution.
- “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 we want you to be able to sell, distribute, or submit to festivals in the best quality possible,” said Vimeo.
YouTube added support for 8K resolution in June 2015, which is available to enjoy on a PC.