Video Playback Settings in Windows 10 – Definition and how to change

Microsoft has added new video playback settings. You can access the settings if you are using Windows 10 starting from Windows 10 build 16215.

Aside from these settings, Microsoft has equally added various battery settings. So that you can easily make your choice when optimizing video streaming for video quality or battery usage.

Many of the Windows apps in use today make use of the inbuilt video platform in Windows 10. These are Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps, which is inbuilt into Windows 10.

Examples of which are Movies & TV, Photos,  and Microsoft Edge, together with any third-party video apps. All of which you can obtain from Microsoft Store, like Vudu, Netflix and Hulu. The video playback on these apps can be easily controlled using the settings in Windows 10.

The video playback settings on Windows 10 can be easily accessed through WinX Menu. Select Settings and it will bring out a listed series of items. Pick Apps among them and then navigate to Video playback.

The type of monitor you are using also contributes a great deal to the result you can get from this process. Aside from the type of monitor, you also need to consider the graphics capability of your computer.

In the process of carrying out the settings, your computer can display a preview of what the streaming video will resemble after the settings have been completed.

You can access the following options while carrying out the video settings for playback.

How to Change HDR settings for your display

The video display can make a whole lot of difference. Even if your computer can support 4K video processing, you will not be able to experience the 4K if your monitor is a 1080P monitor.

If you have a computer system that supports it, simply click on Windows HD color settings link and go ahead to configure the monitor. You can also find out if your computer display is able to stream HDR content, use WCG Apps and play HDR games.

After connecting a TV that is capable of displaying HDR10 or after connecting it to a Windows 10 computer that can display WCG and HDR, you will receive a more detailed, vibrant and brighter picture. If these options are supported by your monitor, it will result in an enhancement all through your computer system. You can go a step further by calibrating your monitor to improve the viewing experience.

Enhancing the streaming videos

This feature depends entirely on your hardware. Once it is turned on, your computer will utilize the GPU for video picture enhancement.

Playing video of lower resolution

If the video streaming fails to work as you have expected it to, you can go ahead and adjust the resolution to something lower. If there is a need for it, this option can equally work for saving network bandwidth.

You must bear in mind that there are minimum requirements to bear in mind for the display on your monitor. For one, the monitor must have a minimum inbuilt display of 11080P. It must also have a minimum brightness of 300 nits. Furthermore, the external display should support HDR10 and HDMI 2.0 or Display Port 1.4 or something higher than that.

 

Tips on changing video playback from Settings

The steps below will guide you on how to use this option

  1. First of all, navigate to Settings and open it.
  2. Next, click on Video playback, which you can find on the left side of the screen.
  3. You can then modify the settings to whatever suits you.
  4. You can follow the steps below to do it:
    1. Turn the “Adjust video based on lighting” on or off. When you turn it on, the “Don’t adjust video based on lighting when on battery” option will be added if you have selected the “Optimize for battery life”, which can be accessed under the “Battery options”
    2. Turn the “Automatically process video to enhance it” on or off. When you turn this option on, the “Don’t automatically process video when on battery” option will be added provided the “Optimize for battery life” option is selected under “Battery options”
    3. You can either check the “I prefer video to play at a lower resolution” setting or uncheck it. Checking the box will help you to save your network bandwidth. Unchecking it, on the other hand, will help to add the “I prefer video to play at a lower resolution when on battery” option, provided you select the “optimize for battery life” option under the “Battery options”.
    4. Next, select the “Optimize for video quality” option or the “Optimize for battery life” option; you can do this under the “Battery options”. You can set it to anything that you want when you are watching video and movies on battery power. This selection will check or leave unchecked:
      1. “Don’t adjust video based on lighting when on battery”,
      2. “I prefer video to play at a lower resolution when on battery
      3. and/or “Don’t automatically process video when on battery”

 

Changing the video playback settings using a REG file

You can use this method to adjust the video depending on the lighting condition. Also to process your video automatically towards enhancing it. You can also use it to play the video at a lower resolution if there is a need for that.

  1. When you turn the “Adjust video based on lighting”, it will help to add the “Don’t adjust video based on lighting when on battery” option provided you have already selected the “Optimize for battery life” under the “Battery options”.
  2. If you turn on the “Automatically process video to enhance it”, it will help to add the “Don’t automatically process video when on battery” option if you have already selected the “Optimize for battery under the “battery options”
  3. When you check the “I prefer video to play at a lower resolution” you will be able to save your network bandwidth. Turning off the option or un-checking it will help to add the “I prefer video to play at a lower resolution when on battery” option provided you have selected the “Optimize for battery life” option under the “Battery options”