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Windows 10 Tip: Improvements to the HDR video experience – Windows Experience Blog

Windows HD Color is all about bringing HDR and wide color gamut (WCG) content to your Windows devices. You might already be enjoying HDR video on your Xbox One S and Xbox One X. Now let’s talk about how we’re starting to bring HDR video to your PCs with our most recent updates to Windows 10. For more background on HDR, see our previous blog post.What’s new with the latest Windows 10 Update?
We’ve made some improvements to your HDR video experience on current generation internal displays.
With Windows 10 April 2018 Update, we’ve focused on expanding access to more laptop devices as well as providing more out-of-the-box HDR video experiences:
1. Expanding access to more and more laptop devices:
Many newer laptop devices are capable of HDR video. However, up until now, they needed to be calibrated in the factory to show HDR. Now, we are expanding HDR video access to more people with new functionality in Settings > Apps > Video playback. If you can turn on “Stream HDR video,” you can calibrate your device for HDR video.
Video playback settings page
To approximate the calibration that device manufacturers would do in the factory, we’ve also created an experimental calibration tool. To try it out, click the link “Change calibration settings for HDR video on my built-in display.” This changes the way HDR video appears on your device, allowing you to find a preferred balance between details in dark scenes and bright scenes.
New HDR video calibration tool
We’ll continue to refine this feature moving forward, so please provide any feedback in the Feedback Hub. For more detailed info, check out “Calibrate your built-in display for HDR content in Windows 10” on the Windows website.
2. Giving you more out-of-the-box HDR video experiences on your HDR-capable laptops:
On your HDR-capable Windows 10 laptops, you’ll now get more HDR video experiences right out of the box.
First, many more devices will now have HDR video turned on by default. This means that when HDR video is available, you’ll get the full HDR video experience. If you don’t like the way your video looks, you can use our calibration tool to adjust it. Or you can always opt-out of HDR video by turning off “Stream HDR video” on the Settings page described above.
By default, HDR video uses the full brightness of your screen, so it uses a little more battery. But to protect your device’s battery life, we have disabled HDR video when you’re using your battery by default. You can change this with the check box “Don’t increase display brightness when watching HDR video on battery” under “Battery Options” in Settings > Apps > Video playback. With this, you can choose between getting the highest HDR video quality and maximizing your battery life when enjoying HDR video.
We are also partnering with content providers to ensure that the HDR video they provide works on Windows. We’re happy to announce that Netflix HDR content is available with the Windows 10 Creators Update, and YouTube support is enabled with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
For future releases, we are already working closely with our partners to ensure that once 10-bit, full HDR-capable laptops come to market, Windows can power HDR video on these displays as well. As displays get better and better, our goal is to leverage their new capabilities to give you the best possible image quality.
If you like this, check out more Windows 10 Tips.

Windows 10 Tip: Find out how to get HDR video on your PC – Windows Experience Blog

When you’re watching high dynamic range (HDR) video on your PC, colors are more vivid. You find more details in the darkest and brightest parts of a scene, such as dimly lit rooms or a blazing fire. You notice more contrast, with a pronounced difference between lights and shadows.
To see how HDR video compares to traditional content (SDR), look at the images below. The SDR version, in general, is more flat and washed out. With an actual video on an HDR-capable PC, the difference is like night and day – literally. 
HDR video still
SDR video still

Simulation of HDR content vs. SDR content 
Windows HD Color is a set of features bringing HDR content to Windows PCs. Our team works hard to improve the quality of every pixel on your display, including better colors and more vivid scenes. The goal is to help you get ultra-realistic movie, gaming and creative experiences in Windows 10.  
To enjoy HDR video, you need the right content, hardware and software. As more HDR hardware and content come to market, we’re committed to giving you the best HDR experiences. 
In settings, you’ll be able to choose “Stream HDR Video” in the Video Playback if your display supports HDR video
HDR is a dramatic improvement over traditional SDR (standard dynamic range) content in two ways: light and color.  
When it comes to light, HDR video takes advantage of new hardware that can show much higher contrast between the brightest whites and the darkest blacks on your screen. HDR video encodes additional information into your content (and allows for a much higher peak brightness) so you can see much more detail across the entire spectrum of display capabilities. For example, in a single frame of HDR video, the sun will appear distinctly brighter, details on the brightest surfaces will be sharper, and the darkest shadows will appear with terrific detail.  
With respect to color, HDR video also improves over traditional content in two ways. First, it typically uses wider color gamut (WCG) when encoding information, meaning that it shows a wider range of colors compared to traditional SDR content. This results in, for example, increasingly saturated hues of color. Second, color is more precise with HDR. This is because it can represent many more unique shades even within the same range of color. On new HDR-capable hardware, these two color-related improvements result in much deeper and more vivid reds, greens, and blues, and allows for more gradations of color in-between.  
How can I get HDR video? 
With Windows HD Color, our goal is to make HDR video look as good as possible using the fullest extent of your PC’s capabilities. Since fully HDR-capable, built-in displays aren’t on laptops today, our efforts are focused on:  
1. Playing HDR video on external HDR10 displays 
In the Windows 10 Fall Creators update, Windows supports external HDR TVs and monitors. Among other features, this allows Windows to consume HDR video and show full HDR quality (i.e., HDR features described above like higher peak brightness, wider color gamut, and more accurate color). You will also need a modern graphics card and updated drivers.  
To get HDR, go to Settings > System > Display, and turn on “HDR and WCG.”
Display settings for HDR-capable external monitor
For more info on HDR on external monitors, see Display requirements for HDR video in Windows 10.  
2. Improving video on current generation built-in displays (i.e., laptops)  
Currently, most laptop displays don’t truly support HDR content, particularly when it comes to color (they do not have wider color gamuts nor higher color precision). Nevertheless, medium- to high-end models tend to have bright screens. We can combine these bright screens with the expanded range of brightness information available in HDR video formats so that Windows plays HDR video at its best for that display. 
Playback quality of HDR content on these devices is noticeably better than the SDR version of the same content. This is particularly apparent in scenes where movie creators have mastered their content to fully exploit new HDR technologies. 
While this update for built-in displays focused on the better brightness of HDR content, in the future we are working on bringing you better color.  
Only devices that meet certain hardware requirements will be capable of playing HDR video.  
FAQ 
Does my Windows device support HDR? 
See our help articles Display requirements for HDR video in Windows 10 and Stream HDR video on Windows 10   
How can I set up my laptop display for HDR video? 
See our help article Calibrate your built-in display for HDR content in Windows 10 
What HDR content can I watch? 
There is a lot of free HDR content available online. You can find some good examples if you open Microsoft Edge on your Windows 10 PC, go to YouTube, and then search for “HDR.” 
Netflix has HDR content as well, but you need to be on the “Premium” tier plan to have access. If you are on this plan, either download the Netflix app from the Store or go to Netflix.com in Microsoft Edge and search for “HDR.” Check out “Chef’s Table: France.” 
(Side effects of this last show in HDR include uncontrollable hunger and impulse-purchase plane tickets to Paris.) 
We are working with other content providers to expand the scope of HDR content on Windows. 

Find out how easy it is to make videos in Microsoft Photos – Windows Experience Blog

When Alex Thomopoulos says “Get down, rise up,” she’s asking you what you’re passionate about and what makes you get up every day to pursue it. It’s a motto she reinforces as a Burton Girls Ambassador. The program encourages strength, independence and creativity for young women.
Food is one thing that makes Thomopoulos get down and rise up.
As a chef and entrepreneur, Thomopoulos can tell you how to make a gluten-free Meyer lemon cake, but she admits making videos that will take her business to the next level is not her forte.
“I know how to cook, but I don’t understand technology at all,” she says.
Fortunately, she gets help from Ashlie Little, a Microsoft product specialist, who shows Thomopoulos how to use the Microsoft Photos app in Windows 10 to edit existing video clips and still images into a movie that’s ready to share on social media.
Check out the tutorial, which goes over importing photos and videos; as well as adjusting lighting and cropping; syncing music; and adding text (recipe instructions and ingredients), filters and 3D effects.

Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2017 recordings are now available on Channel 9

Last week we welcomed hundreds of local developers and thousand of online viewers to our third annual Microsoft Edge Web Summit! Videos and slides from each session are now available to stream or download on Channel 9.
Learn about what’s new in EdgeHTML 16 in the keynote at Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2017.
Our sessions will bring you up to date on what’s in store for EdgeHTML 16, including learning how to use new and updated features like CSS Grid Layout, object-fit and object-position, WebVR, and the Web Payments API.

Learn about how to build faster websites with a fast and furious tour of web performance in the real world, and how to keep your development and testing on track with sonar, a new open-source, community-owned linting tool for the web. And make sense of the always-evolving web app landscape while blending the best of web and native with Progressive Web Apps.

Or go on a deep dive into the inner workings of the browser, to learn how we’re constantly rebuilding Microsoft Edge to be more secure, more accessible, and faster than ever, with every release we ship.

That’s just the beginning – there’s lots more to see on Channel 9, and we’ll have more to share about these topics and more in the coming weeks right here on the Microsoft Edge Dev Blog.
Thanks for joining us at Microsoft Edge Web Summit 2017 – we can’t wait to see you next year!
— Kyle Pflug, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Edge