A shortcut to see HDR content on your iPhone X to 12 and on the Mac with Big Sur 11.1 (some models only).

All the pages related to HDR content need to be viewed directly in Safari (it is not working in a browser within the Facebook or LinkedIn Apps as of January 2021) in order to watch the embedded Vimeo clips in HDR.
Embedded HDR clips from YouTube can also be viewed on some Mac models with the lastest operating system Big Sur (11.1). It is working on the latest model of the iMac 27″ for example.
Watching HDR content is also possible via the native Vimeo or YouTube Apps, also on Android devices.

I am also slowly digging into the technology that Apples uses to make HDR possible on their devices. Here is a link from Apple that is worth studying: Displaying HDR Content in a Metal Layer

Test, Test, Test, …

This is a standard dynamic rage or SDR image.
This is a high dynamic range HDR clip (if it is presented visibly a lot brighter by your smartphone)
This is the same clip as above, but uploaded to YouTube. Some Macs can also display HDR content directly in Safari.

My test results so far, what works and what does not.

  • viewing HDR in Safari with an iPhone X to 12
  • viewing HDR clips from Vimeo embedded on with website and in the native App
  • viewing HDR clips in the YouTube App on mobile devices.
  • viewing HDR clips from YouTube embedded on this website on certain Mac models (I assume it works with all the latest models that comes with Big Sur. It also works on a 2020 iMac 27″ and a 2018 MBP 15″ as well)
  • I can post HDR clips in LinkedIn and Twitter (Fleets), but only SDR content is finally shown (automatic down-conversion of the format)
  • Instagram does not support HDR to my knowledge at all, but it is already accepting HDR videos from the new iPhone 12 generation. Theses videos are down converted to SDR automatically

HDR articles

My interest in HDR was growing over the last years and in 2020 I got finally the chance to explore the topic further. Check out:

HDR (If it is presented visibly a lot brighter on your smartphone display.)
Same clip as above, but from YouTube that allows to watch HDR content directly on the Mac with Safari.
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