Windows 10 has a stock video player app called Movies & TV. This app is basic and lacks features like the ability to create a playlist although it can convert to the next video file within a folder.
If you compare the Movies & TV app and the Windows Media Player app, it’s definitely a step down in terms of features. Microsoft never intended to create a space for its more advanced video player. Instead, he seems to have created an app that should be there for watching movies and not much else.
Effects in movies & TV
One unknown feature about the Movies & TV app is that it adds effects to the playing media. The effects are expected to be added to the video so that it looks better ie, the dark parts are highlighted, the overly bright parts are normalized.
You can turn it off easily enough and compare how you like to watch movies without them. If you don’t like what you see, you can easily turn them back on.
- Open the Options app (Keyboard shortcut Win + I).
- Go to App group.
- Select the Video playback tab.
- Turn the Disable ‘Automatically process video to strengthen’ Disable to disable effects.
- Close the Movies & TV app and reopen it.
Other video developments
Windows 10 and the Movies & TV app aren’t the only software components that try to enhance how a video looks when played. Nvidia’s own graphics control panel also tries to promote video but again, you can turn it off.
- Open the Nvidia Control Panel.
- In the left-hand column, expand Video.
- Choose Change video color settings.
- In the pan on the right, select the ‘With Nvidia settings’ option.
Other graphics cards
Both Intel and AMD have apps to control graphics on your system. If you have one of these two chips, check the app for settings related to video playback and / or video setting.
The video enhancements may or may not make it worse. It’s basically color correction but instead of pictures, it’s done for video as it plays. The feature is not completely useless as there are plenty of videos, professionally taken, that are too dark or too bright. Consumers rarely do anything about it but change the brightness of the screens and hope that most of the video will look good. Such are the cases where the improvements may be helpful.
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