Play HDR video on your Mac

These Mac models support HDR video on HDR10-compatible displays, including 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).

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. Premium HDR content from Apple plays at resolutions up to 1080p (1920 x 1080).
2. If using the Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter with some 13-inch models, HDR content plays at resolutions up to 1080p.
3. All HDR content plays at resolutions up to 1080p.

External displays. Use the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) ports on your Mac to connect to external HDR10-compatible displays:

  1. DisplayPort displays: 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 have a standard DisplayPort, USB-C port, or Thunderbolt 3 port for this purpose.
  2. HDMI displays: 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.
  3. Apple Pro Display XDR supports several HDR formats, including HDR10, when used with a Mac compatible with this display.

When an external display tells your Mac that it supports HDR10, your Mac might automatically enable HDR for that display. You can also enable or disable HDR in Displays preferences

 


Getting the best picture

If HDR video doesn't play in HDR, or you need help getting the best video quality, try these solutions.

Check your Mac

  • Make sure that your Mac is using macOS Catalina 10.15.4 or later.
  • Choose Apple menu  > System Preferences, click Displays, then make sure that High Dynamic Range is selected. It appears only on third-party displays that support HDR10. If you don't want to use HDR, deselect this checkbox.

Check your external display

  • Make sure that your display supports HDR10. If the display has its own HDR setting, turn it on or set it to prefer HDR when available.
  • Make sure that your display is using the latest firmware from the manufacturer. Check your display's documentation for details.
  • Some televisions support HDR only on a specific input, such as HDMI input 2 or HDMI input 3. Check its documentation for details.

Check your media

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.

Check your cables and other devices

  • 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.
  • If your video connection passes through an AV receiver, sound bar, or other device before connecting to your display, make sure that the device supports HDR10 and is using the latest firmware from the manufacturer. If necessary, test by connecting your Mac directly to the display.

Check your viewing environment

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

 


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