HDR washed out colors help

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  1. TaskMaster

    TaskMaster Maha Guru

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    Hi everyone,

    Hope you're all well.

    I have the Asus Rog Strix XG438Q and I am loving it.

    My only concern is that when I turn on HDR in windows 10 settings the color appear to be very washed out until I turn it off.

    Now games like BFV will automatically turn on the HDR capability even if it's set to off in windows which I like and when I exit the game HDR will be turned back off as I like. Some games however I have to turn on HDR before playing to enable it in game.

    Can anyone please assist me with this? It's really not a big deal of course, but let's say I wanted to watch HDR videos, the idea of having to turn on HDR all the time seems a bit unnecessary for me. I just don't understand why the color become washed out.

    My Nvidia dynamic range is set to full by the way.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. jbscotchman

    jbscotchman Ancient Guru

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    HDR on PC is still a questionable issue. It really all comes down to your monitor, some have good HDR support and some don't. I personally don't use HDR for a global setting, but use Nvidia's digital vibrance setting at 75% to get those bright colors that pop.
     
  3. Astyanax

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    display is full range black.
    you're sending it limited black.
     
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    Care to elaborate on that?
     

  5. Astyanax

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    The screen itself has 3 different hdr profiles
    Theres also a shadow boost feature

    From the driver,
    sending it RGB can go either Limited or Full range, sending limited range to a display currently at full range will result in washed out blacks.
    for HDR the screen should be at 96hz, 4:2:0 or 4:2:2 YCrCb at 10bit output. YCrCb can only be Limited range so theres no confusion about black range there

    Windows own HDR automation is unreliable and rife with problems.

    Windows tries to do some stupid crap with RGB HDR
     
  6. TaskMaster

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    Hi, thanks for input.

    I will test the 4:2:2 YCrCb at 10bit output @ 96hz and let you know how it goes.

    In games HDR is fine by the way, just a minor washed out effect on the desktop screen.
     
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    Oh, this is normal then.

    The SDR/HDR brightness balance control exists to allow users to tune the desktop brightness to their preference.

     
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    Yes, it is all about preference.
     
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    Microsoft has done a poor job of revealing these settings to end users, remember when the help system was actually built into windows :oops:
     
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    I know right? It can take a lot of tweaking to get your colors the way you want.
     

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    Honestly thank you so much, you've been very helpful. I wouldn't have known that the SDR/HDR brightness option existed.
     
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    So to update I used the SDR slider and now everything is perfect.

    I did notice something as well. When I didn't have HDR enabled in windows and left it to BFV or BF1 for example to enable in game, some of the fire from buildings or the tracers form guns had an very slight green tint which I thought was strange.

    After solving the problem of washed out colors thanks to you guys I now leave HDR on in windows and noticed the colors are now perfect in game. The fire and tracers are as they should be and the overall HDR experience is much better.

    Thanks again and hope this thread helps other folks new to HDR.
     

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