With the growth of streaming video services and the increasing number of related apps, Microsoft has introduced video playback settings in Windows 10. These settings allow you to control video playback in the video streaming apps in one central place. Changing your video playback settings makes sure that all of the streaming apps available in the Windows Store use the same settings: Hulu, Netflix, Twitch and others.
In this article, you'll learn how to:
Getting to the video playback settings only takes a couple of steps.
There is another way that you can get to these settings a little faster.
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. When you have HDR enabled, The number of colors are increased and appear more nuanced. It's useful for photo and video editing because the colors are brighter and more vibrant. HDR is now officially supported in various types of streaming media.
By enabling HDR, you will turn on Wide Color Gamut (WCG) support for apps that can use it. Once you have enabled it, make sure you calibrate it according to your monitor's directions to get the best color experience for the room you are in. Of course, this option is not available if your display does not support HDR, even if your graphics card support 4K. In case your monitor does support it, yet it is still disabled, go to the Windows HD Color settings to turn it on and experience a better video playback in many Windows 10 apps.
Windows 10 can slightly enhance video quality by using your dedicated graphics processor (GPU) when you are watching video streams. You can turn this option on and it may slightly improve your stream quality, but it's really a personal preference.
If you are on a slower internet connection or want to save data if you are on a mobile connection, you may want to watch video streams at a lower resolution. But other than that, it's more of a personal preference. Note that if you are watching content on a 720p display, it should not stream at 1080p, but instead use the settings that are supported by your display automatically. By enabling the checkbox I prefer videos to play at a lower resolution, your video streams will use less bandwidth. Keep in mind that lower resolutions do not support HDR and WCG content. If you find you are having problems with buffering or stuttering, enable this checkbox to make the stream play back smoother.
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