Monitor calibration for HDR

The calibration process can vary dramatically from display to display

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Written by Brett
Updated over a week ago

HDR as a viewing format is still relatively new in the world of post-production, and it can be tricky to know what you're looking at. Below, we'll go over some tips to ensure your assets look as good and as accurate as possible.

NOTE: HDR assets uploaded previously to the release of HDR support will not playback in HDR. Please upload these assets again to see them play back in HDR.


TVs are vastly different in their features, menu systems, and vocabulary, and so the calibration process can also vary dramatically from display to display. There are several guides (like the Spears and Munsil benchmark discs) that can walk you through the process, as well as external calibration solutions like Portrait's CalMan software (paired with a meter like an X-Rite i1) and Light Illusion's ColourSpace.

Before diving into the more advanced calibration adjustments, it’s good to get your TV into a baseline by turning off many unnecessary manufacturer features, as described in this video. is also a good resource for reviews and recommended settings for a wide variety of consumer displays.

Apple Mobile Devices

Ensuring mobile devices look correct for HDR playback is simpler than with TVs, but there are some considerations to be aware of.

First, make sure the brightness on display is set to 100 or max.

Next, under Settings > Display & Brightness, make sure True Tone and Night Shift are turned off. These settings adjust your display color and may alter the look of the HDR asset you are playing back.

Additionally, there are third-party tools that help calibrate your mobile devices, such as Light Illusion's LightSpace Connect.

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