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How to Change Video Playback Settings in Windows 10

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Starting with Windows 10 build 16215, new video playback settings have been added. Microsoft also added some battery settings for you to decide whether you would prefer to optimize video streaming for battery usage or video quality.

Some apps use the video platform that's built into Windows 10. These include Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps that come with Windows 10, such as Microsoft Edge, Photos, and Movies & TV, as well as many third-party video apps you get from Windows Store (for example, Hulu, Netflix, and Vudu). For these apps, you can control video playback using the video playback settings in Windows 10.

This tutorial will show you how to change the video settings for apps that use the video playback platform that is built into Windows 10.

CONTENTS:
  • Option One: To Change All Video Playback Settings in Settings
  • Option Two: To Change Video Playback Settings using a REG file
  • Option Three: To Change Video Playback Battery Options using a BAT file
  • Option Four: To Change Video Playback Battery Options in Power Options





Change Video Playback Settings in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Change Video Playback Settings in Windows 10
To Change All Video Playback Settings in Settings

1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Apps icon.

2. Click/tap on Video playback on the left side, and change the settings below to what you want. (see screenshots below)

A) Turn on or off Stream HDR video.
Note   Note
You will only be able to change this setting if you have a display that supports HDR video connected to your PC.

B) Turn on or off Automatically process video to enhance it.
Note   Note
Turning on Automatically process video to enhance it will add the Don't automatically process video when on battery option if you have Optimize for battery life selected under Battery options.

C) Check (on) or uncheck (off) Allow video to play at a lower resolution.
Note   Note
Checking Allow video to play at a lower resolution can help save network bandwidth.

Unchecking Allow video to play at a lower resolution will add the Allow video to play at a lower resolution when on battery option if you have Optimize for battery life selected under Battery options.

D) Select Optimize for battery life or Optimize for video quality in the Battery options drop down for what you want when watching movies and videos on battery power.
Note   Note
If you select Optimize for battery life you can also select (check or uncheck) Don't automatically process video when on battery and/or Allow video to play at a lower resolution when on battery depending on what you set above.
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Change Video Playback Settings in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Change Video Playback Settings in Windows 10
To Change Video Playback Settings using a REG file

1. Do step 2 (Automatically process video to enhance it) and/or step 3 (Allow video to play at a lower resolution) below for what video playback settings you want to change.


 2. To Turn On or Off "Automatically process video to enhance it"

Note   Note
Turning on Automatically process video to enhance it will add the Don't automatically process video when on battery option if you have Optimize for battery life selected under Battery options.



The .reg files below will modify the DWORD value below in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\VideoSettings

EnableAutoEnhanceDuringPlayback DWORD

0 = Off
1 = On

A) Click/tap on the Download button of the file you want below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_ON-Automatically_process_video_to_enhance_it.reg

download

OR

Turn_OFF-Automatically_process_video_to_enhance_it.reg

download


 3. To Turn On or Off "Allow video to play at a lower resolution"

Note   Note
Checking Allow video to play at a lower resolution can help save network bandwidth.

Unchecking Allow video to play at a lower resolution will add the Allow video to play at a lower resolution when on battery option if you have Optimize for battery life selected under Battery options.



The .reg files below will modify the DWORD value below in the registry key below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\VideoSettings

AllowLowResolution DWORD

0 = Off
1 = On

A) Click/tap on the Download button of the file you want below, and go to step 4 below.

Turn_ON-Allow_video_to_play_at_a_lower_resolution.reg

download

OR

Turn_OFF-Allow_video_to_play_at_a_lower_resolution.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.






Change Video Playback Settings in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Change Video Playback Settings in Windows 10
To Change Video Playback Battery Options using a BAT file

1. Do step 2 (Optimize for battery life) or step 3 (Optimize for video quality) below for what you want when watching movies and videos on battery power.


 2. To Optimize for battery life

A) Click/tap on the Download button of the file you want below, and go to step 4 below.

Optimize_for_battery_life.bat

download

OR



Optimize_for_battery_life_Turn-ON_Allow_video_to_play_at_lower_resolution_when_on_battery.bat

download

OR

Optimize_for_battery_life_Turn-OFF_Allow_video_to_play_at_lower_resolution_when_on_battery.bat

download

AND/OR

Optimize_for_battery_life_Turn_ON_Dont_automatically_process_video_when_on_battery.bat

download

OR

Optimize_for_battery_life_Turn_OFF_Dont_automatically_process_video_when_on_battery.bat

download


 3. To Optimize for video quality

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the BAT file below, and go to step 4 below.

Optimize_for_video_quality.bat

download

4. Save the .bat file to your desktop.

5. Unblock the .bat file.

6. Run the .bat file.

7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .bat file if you like.






Change Video Playback Settings in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Change Video Playback Settings in Windows 10
To Change Video Playback Battery Options in Power Options

Note   Note
This option is the same as selecting either Optimize for battery life or Optimize for video quality in the Battery options drop down in Settings for what you want when watching movies and videos on battery power.

1. Open your advanced power plan settings.

2. In Power Options, expand open Multimedia settings and Video playback quality bias. (see screenshot below)

3. Select Video playback power-savings bias (Optimize for battery life) or Video playback performance bias (Optimize for video quality) in the On battery drop down for what you want when watching movies and videos on battery power, and click/tap on OK.

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That's it,
Shawn