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How to Enable HDR Video Calibration in Windows 10

How to Enable HDR Video Calibration in Windows 10

Microsoft introduced support for HDR calibration with Windows 10’s Fall Creator Update.

You’ll be able to play streaming high dynamic range (HDR) video when your Windows 10 device has a display that’s optimized for HDR video and you have Stream HDR Video turned on in Video playback settings.

To help you get the most of out your high dynamic range (HDR) TV or PC display, connect it to a Windows 10 PC that supports HDR. An HDR-capable display or TV can show a wider range of colors compared to a standard dynamic range (SDR) display. And you’ll get a brighter, more vibrant, and more detailed picture when you connect to an HDR10-capable display.


To play streaming high dynamic range (HDR) video in Windows 10, the built-in display for your laptop, tablet, or 2-in-1 PC needs to support HDR. To find the specifications for a specific laptop or tablet, visit the device manufacturer’s website. Here are the requirements:

  • The built-in display needs to able to display 300 nits or more.
  • The Windows 10 device needs to have an integrated graphics card that supports PlayReady hardware digital rights management (for protected HDR content), and it must have the required codecs installed for 10-bit video decoding. (For example, devices that have a 7th Generation Intel Core processor, code-named Kaby Lake, support this.)
  • The Windows 10 device manufacturer needs to have enabled HDR on the device.


To play streaming high dynamic range (HDR) video in Windows 10, your external HDR monitor or TV must be connected to a Windows 10 PC that has a supported graphics card with the supported drivers installed.



To find out if an external display is optimized for HDR video

1. Open press Windows + I keys to open Settings app.

2. Click System  > Display .

3.  Check to see if the HDR and advanced color toggle appears there.
   
If it does, your display and Windows 10 PC is optimized for playing HDR video. Make sure the HDR and advanced color toggle is turned on. If the toggle doesn't appear, that means your display isn't optimized for HDR video.


Here's How to Enable HDR Video Calibration

1. Open press Windows + I keys to open Settings app.

2. From Settings app click Apps.



3. Click on the Video playback section on the left pane of the following page.

4. If the Stream HDR Video toggle appears and you can turn it on or off, your display and Windows 10 PC is optimized for playing streaming HDR video.



If you can't turn the toggle Stream HDR Video on or off, that means your built-in display isn't optimized for HDR video.

If you have Streaming HDR Video turned on and you notice you’re still not getting HDR video, check to make sure that:

  • You won’t get HDR video if the video app isn’t open full screen.

  • Your laptop or tablet is plugged in. To have HDR video play on battery power, clear the Don’t stream HDR video when on battery check box on the Video playback settings page, or choose Optimize for video quality for When watching movies and videos on battery power on the same page. One thing to note—playing HDR video uses a lot of battery power.

  • Battery saver is turned off. To find out if battery saver is turned on or off, click Start Menu > Settings  > System  > Battery . If you want to play streaming HDR video even when battery saver is turned on, clear the Lower screen brightness while in battery saver check box on that same Battery screen. For HDR video to play, Windows needs to be able to set your display to the maximum brightness level.

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