Vimeo Announces Support for HDR Video Playback on iPhone X, 2017 iPad Pro, and Apple TV 4K

Vimeo today announced that support for high dynamic range (HDR) videos has officially arrived across the company's entire suite of apps for the iPhone X, 2017 iPad Pro models, and Apple TV 4K. Vimeo said this means it's "the only video-hosting platform available in HDR" on Apple's platforms right now. This might be a reference to YouTube, which has been notably absent from including 4K video on its Apple TV app due to each company supporting different HDR codecs.

For Vimeo, the company said that it's enabling HDR with 10-bit graphics and a BT.2020 wide color gamut by leveraging the next-generation High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard to keep file sizes at manageable levels. This will allow video makers and editors who shoot in HDR the ability to upload to Vimeo "in the highest color accuracy possible."

We now support 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 colors to 1 billion colors.

With BT.2020 (or Rec.2020) support and wider color gamuts (WCG), your image will now represent over 75% of the color that the human eye can see. That’s a big change: most modern color gamuts in videos are limited to a 35% color range. But with BT.2020, we can truly depict your deepest reds, brightest greens, and darkest blacks like never before.
The new support also unlocks resolutions in up to 8K, according to Vimeo, which viewers can watch on devices that support output of these resolution levels (4K, 5K, 6K, and 8K), or download them for file sharing later. Because Vimeo is also a video marketplace where creators can sell videos, the company noted that 8K Ultra HD support isn't just about streaming video (since 8K displays are still nascent in the market), but also for selling, distributing, and submitting videos to festivals "in the best quality possible."

Viewers will be able to know when a video is available in HDR with an included "HDR" badge on the video page and player, which Vimeo automatically detects and displays. Like all HDR and high-resolution content, viewers will need a screen that supports HDR 10 and HEVC, so anyone with an iPhone X, a model of the latest iPad Pro from 2017, and Apple TV 4K will be able to watch this content on their devices.

La La La from Rus Khasanov on Vimeo.


Vimeo content in HDR will also include a separate standard definition version of the video, for users who don't have access to HDR-capable devices. Any device will be able to download HDR HEVC files so they can share and transfer the videos to other platforms, as well.

For more information on Vimeo's HDR support, check out the company's blog post here. Vimeo is available for free on the iOS App Store [Direct Link] and tvOS App Store.

Related Roundups: iPad Pro, Apple TV, tvOS 12
Tags: Vimeo, HDR


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11 months ago

I would like to do see a double blind study of 50 people or so.

They all get shown a video on the X in HDR and non-HDR. My hypothesis: they wouldn’t notice a thing.


Have you ever watched a video in HDR on a screen that supports it? The colors are incredibly vibrant. It's very striking.
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11 months ago
Great move Vimeo!

Don't let the YouTube to have full control over media in the Internet!
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11 months ago

I would like to do see a double blind study of 50 people or so.

They all get shown a video on the X in HDR and non-HDR. My hypothesis: they wouldn’t notice a thing.


You are speaking from personal experience testing a video in this way, I hope.

Otherwise you are just being negative for no good reason.

I suspect it’s the latter.
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11 months ago
Did a quick peek on my iPads and see now big difference but it sure is a pretty video and I liked the song.
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11 months ago
I would like to do see a double blind study of 50 people or so.

They all get shown a video on the X in HDR and non-HDR. My hypothesis: they wouldn’t notice a thing.

Edit: This feels unnecessarily negative. I can't wait for my X (when I get it) and I will be happy for HDR as it could only be better. I think I didn't originally convey that I am genuinely curious how many people will notice a difference. But, I should've included that I am excited for it personally. :)
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11 months ago

I would like to do see a double blind study of 50 people or so.

They all get shown a video on the X in HDR and non-HDR. My hypothesis: they wouldn’t notice a thing.

I think you may be confusing 4K and HDR. A double blind of a 4K video and a 1080p video might produce the results you're predicting. HDR? HDR will produce strikingly differing results. HDR matters way more than 4K when it comes to visual impact.
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11 months ago
Kind of a jerk move to tease us in the release notes, then make us wait a week (and counting) for the update that actually supports what was described in the notes... I think Apple needs to start cracking down on devs for not having accurate release notes, or for not describing what was changed at all. It's deceptive and really lowers the quality of the entire platform IMO. I know most people don't read release notes, but I sure do, every time XD
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11 months ago

Vimeo updated their app today, but I still don’t see any HDR badges on my iPhone X. Does anyone know if this issue has been resolved?

It doesn’t look like it. You can’t go full screen either.
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11 months ago
Great move by them. I just downloaded Vimeo on iPhone X. But I can't seem to find any videos with the HDR badge. Even the one MR article gave as an example doesn't have the HDR badge.

Anyone know where to look for to see HDR videos? I'd love to do a comparison of the same video with HDR on and off.
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11 months ago
I posted a comment on Vimeo’s site with the press release and they replied. I asked about the HDR tags and being unable to view content in full screen dispite their App Store description saying it was possible. Their response was as follows.

Hi Glenn! Sorry about that, we jumped the gun on announcing edge-to-edge playback with the iPhone X in the release notes. We're working on that ability, as well as HDR badges, for a future update.

I very much appreciated the reply. In the short time I’ve had the X, I’ve grown to really dislike apps that play video but do not expand to full screen. Guess you could say I’ve embraced the notch.
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