Play and record HDR video on iPhone or iPad

Support for high dynamic range (HDR) video, such as HDR films and TV programmes from Apple and other providers, requires a compatible iPhone or iPad.

Models that support HDR

Identify your iPhone model or iPad model, then check its specifications to find out whether it supports playing video in HDR, recording video in HDR or both.

How to play HDR video

When watching HDR content, such as HDR films and TV programmes from Apple or other providers, your device will automatically play the video in high dynamic range.

The brightness and colour of HDR video may vary depending on your device and the lighting in your environment. Lower lighting conditions, such as in a dim room, enhance the visual effect of HDR.

How to record HDR video

Devices that support HDR video recording have an HDR Video setting. Use this setting to control whether your device records video in high dynamic range.

HDR video setting

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap Camera.
  3. Tap Record Video.
  4. Tap HDR Video. It's turned on by default.

Learn more

  • HDR video recording requires a high efficiency video format, so if you turn off High Efficiency in Settings > Camera > Formats, HDR Video will also be turned off. If you then turn HDR Video back on, videos will use High Efficiency format while images will continue to use Most Compatible format.
  • If the HDR videos you record don't look as vibrant as expected when viewed on another device, make sure the other device supports HDR and is using the latest software. For example, playing HDR video on Mac requires an up-to-date version of macOS and a compatible Mac model.
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