Video Playback Settings in Windows 10

Windows 10 offers native support for UWP  and third-party apps, for example, Hulu, Netflix, and Vudu, to utilize the video platform that’s built into Windows. With the available Video Playback Settings, Windows 10 users can configure how streaming content will be played on their monitor or display.

Video Playback Settings Windows 10

Video Playback Settings in Windows 10

You can access these settings via WinX Menu > Settings > Apps > Video playback.

Depending on the type of monitor, and the computer’s graphics capability, the video playback settings can show a preview of how the streaming video will look like on the display. It offers the following options:

1] Change HDR Settings for the display

The display can make a lot of difference. Even if your hardware supports 4K video processing, if you have a 1080P monitor, you cannot experience the 4K. If your monitor supports it, click on the link Windows HD color settings, and configure your monitor accordingly. You can check if your display can stream HDR content, play HDR games, and use WCG  Apps.

When you connect your HDR10-capable TV or display to a Windows 10 PC that supports HDR and WCG, you get a brighter, vibrant, and more detailed picture.

If the monitor supports these options, it will bring enhancements throughout the system. Also, you can calibrate your monitor for the best experience.

2] Enhance Streaming Videos

This is a hardware dependent feature. If you turn this on, the computer will use the GPU to enhance the videos.

3] Play Lower Resolution Video

If streaming is not working as expected, you can choose to play videos at a lower resolution. You can also use this option to save network bandwidth when needed.

That said, do remember that to enjoy HDR there are minimum requirements for the display. The inbuilt display needs to have a minimum of 1080P and 300 nits of brightness while the external display must support HDR10, and DisplayPort 1.4 or HDMI 2.0 or higher.

Hope this helps!

Read next: How to change Screen Resolution & Display settings in Windows 10.

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