Starting with build 17063, Windows 10 includes a new option that you can use to calibrate your display for HDR video. Once your display is optimized for HDR videos, it should improve your playback quality, giving richer contrast and colors. Let's see how to use it.
Windows 10 supports HDR videos (HDR). HDR video removes the limitations of SDR video signals and comes with an ability to bring greater brightness and color to the picture by including extra information about the contents. HDR-capable devices, e.g. displays and TVs, can read that meta data to show a bright colorful image. The metadata can be used to show very bright and very dark areas simultaneously, so the image retains its natural contrast without appearing too dark or too whitened.
Due to the display having the capability to show a lot of shades between white and black, an HDR display can also show a greater variety of shades for other colors. This becomes a really great feature when you are watching videos related to nature or some color-rich scenes. If your device comes with an HDR display, Windows 10 is able to utilize it to show better colors. However, you might need to calibrate such a display for a better experience.
Windows 10 includes a new tool under the Video playback section on the Apps page in the Settings app called Calibrate your display for HDR video. You can use it to tweak your display options for better video quality and playback performance. Here is how it can be done.
Calibrate Display for HDR Video in Windows 10
- Open the Settings app.
- Go to Apps -> Video playback.
- On the right, click on the link Calibrate your display for HDR video.
- On the next page, click on the right-most button, Full Screen (a button with double arrows).
- Now, click on the left-most button, Play (a button with a rightward-facing triangle).
- Use the slider below the images to calibrate the images in the video for the best looking result.
- When finished calibrating, click on the Pause button (a button with vertical blocks) on the left, exit fullscreen mode and close the Settings app.