Calibrate your built-in display for HDR content in Windows 10

Applies to: Windows 10

Calibrate your built-in video display to get the video quality and look you want when you’re watching streaming HDR video. By calibrating your display, you can set the balance between the details in the bright parts of a scene and the details in the dark parts of it. For example, the bright parts of a scene might include things like sunshine, fire, and light reflections. The dark parts of a scene could include shadows or dimly-lit rooms.

  1. Select the Start  button > Settings  > Apps  > Video playback .
  2. Under Stream HDR video, select Windows HD Color settings.
  3. In Windows HD Color settings, select your laptop display under Choose display. Make sure the Settings window is on your laptop display.
  4. Select Change calibration settings.
  5. On the HDR video calibration screen, select Full screen  for the sample video.
  6. On the Calibrate your display screen, drag the slider at the bottom to the left or right.
    When calibrating your display, the goal is to get a good balance between details in darker parts of a scene (in this case, the windows in the buildings on the left) and brighter parts of it (here, the snow at the top of the mountain).
    • To add more details to the snow on the mountain, drag the slider to the right.
    • To add more details to the buildings, drag the slider to the left.
  7. When you’re happy with the results, select Exit full screen  in the bottom-right corner.
  8. Watch streaming HDR video in a supported video app and look at the video quality. 
  9. If you’re not happy with how the video looks, go back to step 5 and calibrate your display again. 
    • If bright scenes in the video were washed out, drag the slider to the right.
    • If dark scenes in the video didn’t have a lot of detail, drag the slider to the left.
  10. (Optional) To go back to the original calibration settings, on the HDR video calibration screen, select Reset calibration.

 

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