Play HDR video on your Mac

These Mac models support HDR video on HDR10-compatible displays, televisions, and projectors.

Broad support for high dynamic range (HDR) video, such as HDR movies and TV shows 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

Mac model
with Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C)
Built-in display External display
with DisplayPort
External display
with HDMI
MacBook Pro introduced in 2018 or 2019 HDR1 HDR HDR2
iMac Pro HDR HDR HDR
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 using an external display, make sure that it supports HDR10. If the display has an HDR setting, it should be turned on or set to prefer HDR when available. 
  • If you're using HDMI, 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 UltraHD HDMI Cable. Compatible adapters include the Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter and Belkin USB-C to HDMI Adapter.
  • Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, click Displays, then make sure that the High Dynamic Range checkbox is selected. It appears only 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.

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