How do I know if my YouTube video is HDR?

Answered by Cody Janus

To determine if a YouTube video is HDR, you need to follow a few steps. Please note that these instructions are based on the current YouTube interface and may vary slightly in the future.

1. First, ensure that you are using a device that supports HDR. This can include certain smartphones, tablets, smart TVs, gaming consoles, or computers with HDR-capable displays. HDR stands for High Dynamic Range, and it enhances the video’s color, contrast, and overall visual quality.

2. Open the YouTube app or website on your HDR-compatible device and find the video you want to check.

3. Start playing the video and tap or click on the video player to display the playback controls.

4. Look for the three dots (or “More”) icon in the lower-right corner of the video player. This icon represents the video options or settings.

5. Click or tap on the three dots icon to open the video options menu.

6. In the video options menu, you should see a list of resolution formats and FPS (frames per second) options. These settings determine the quality and smoothness of the video playback.

7. Look closely at the available resolution formats and FPS options. If the video is HDR, you should see a resolution option that includes the letters “HDR” or the words “High Dynamic Range.” For example, you might see options like “1080p HDR,” “4K HDR,” or “HDR10.”

8. If you see an HDR resolution option in the list, it indicates that the video is indeed HDR. You can select the HDR option to enable HDR playback if it’s not already selected.

9. Keep in mind that not all videos on YouTube are available in HDR. Only certain videos are shot, encoded, and uploaded in HDR format. So, if you don’t see any HDR options in the video settings, it means that the video you’re watching is not available in HDR.

It’s worth mentioning that the availability of HDR videos may vary depending on your location, device, and the video uploader’s settings. Additionally, some devices automatically enable HDR playback if the video supports it, without explicitly showing the HDR label in the options menu.

Remember that HDR videos will provide a more immersive and visually stunning experience, especially when viewed on HDR-compatible displays.