Broad support for high dynamic range (HDR) video, such as HDR movies and TV programmes from Apple or other providers, requires the latest version of macOS and a compatible Mac model. If your Mac, display, video cable or video cable adapter doesn't support HDR10, video plays in standard dynamic range (SDR).
Support for HDR on Mac
with Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
|Built-in display||External display
|MacBook Pro introduced in 2018 or 2019||HDR1||HDR||HDR2|
|Mac mini introduced in 2018||—||HDR1||HDR3|
|Mac Pro introduced in 2019||—||HDR||HDR|
|1. HDR up to 1080p (1920 x 1080) for premium HDR content from Apple.
2. HDR up to 1080p when using the Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter with some 13-inch models.
3. HDR up to 1080p for all content.
External displays. Use the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports on your Mac to connect to external HDR10-compatible displays:
- DisplayPort display: To connect to DisplayPort, use a cable that has a USB-C connector for your Mac and the appropriate connector for your display. Most displays that support DisplayPort connections use either a standard DisplayPort or a USB-C port for this purpose.
- HDMI display: To connect to HDMI, use an HDMI cable and USB-C adapter, such as the Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter or Belkin USB-C to HDMI Adapter.
- Apple Pro Display XDR supports several HDR formats, including HDR10, when used with a Mac compatible with this display.
If HDR video doesn't play in HDR
- Make sure that your Mac is using macOS Catalina 10.15.4 or later.
- If you're playing premium content from a third-party content provider, check with the content provider to be sure that they support HDR on your Mac.
- If you're playing HDR video on an external display, make sure that the display supports HDR10.
- If you're using HDMI to connect to an external display, make sure that the HDMI cable and adapter support HDR10. Apple recommends HDMI cables that have been tested with Apple TV 4K and a wide range of televisions, such as the Belkin Ultra HD High Speed HDMI Cable. Compatible adapters include the Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter and Belkin USB-C to HDMI Adapter.
- If your external display has an HDR setting, it should be turned on or set to prefer HDR when available.
- Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, click Displays, then make sure that the High Dynamic Range checkbox is selected. It only appears on displays that support HDR10.
For details about the HDR capabilities or settings of a third-party display, cable or adapter, please check the documentation for the product, or contact the product vendor.