Galaxy S22: Convert HDR10+ clips to SDR

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OK, HDR clips are great… as long as you have a good screen to watch them on. If you own one of Samsung’s hot, hot, hot Galaxy S22 phones, you probably have your HDR10+ recording enabled in the Camera app (if not, you can learn how to turn it on at the bottom of this article). But once you decide to share those clips with someone who doesn’t have an HDR-compatible screen, or your own PC or old TV, you’ll find the clips are blindingly clear.

That’s why it’s a good idea to convert an HDR clip to the good old SDR before sharing it.

How to convert HDR clip to SDR on Galaxy S22?

There used to be an option in the Gallery app to do that before sharing. Super handy and handy, right? Sorry, it’s gone now.

But the good news is there’s still a way, it’s just hidden behind some extra layers of finger gymnastics!

First, go to your clip through the Gallery app. Look for the three-dot menu at the bottom right and choose Open in Video Player from the menu.

Now that we’re in the video player, look for another three-dot menu in the top right corner. Choose Editor.

In the editor, go to the three-dot menu in the lower right corner and choose the “Size and Size” option. Here you can change the format of the video, choose whether you want it in HDR10+ or ​​SDR. Also, I’d disable High Efficiency Video here – it’s a file format that makes clips smaller, which is cool, but can also be harder to share with older devices.

Once you are done with those changes, make sure you do NOT use the save button at the top right. Instead, tap the same three-dot menu at the bottom right and choose “Save as Copy.” This leaves your HDR10+ clip untouched while saving a separate SDR clip for you to share.

I’d also like to point out that HDR clips converted to SDR look slightly worse than shooting in SDR alone – colors and shadows are a bit off and sharpness is a bit exaggerated. Keep this in mind when deciding whether to always enable HDR.

Please make this easier, Samsung

Is it just me or was that a lot of tapping on many three-dot menus that are all in different parts of the screen? I get it, it’s a bit of a niche feature, but there’s nothing worse than accidentally shooting an HDR10+ clip only to find you can barely share it with Mom and Dad without burning their retinas off.

A nice option in Gallery or the sharing submenu would be great. I understand that as time goes by and everyone’s technology is upgraded, this will become a non-issue. But it’s one now and the worst part is that sometimes you don’t even have a little notification to tell you if the clip you’re currently trying to share is HDR or not!

What exactly is HDR video and what is SDR?

HDR (High Dynamic Range) is the next step in the quest to allow cameras to capture lights and shadows that are more similar to how the human eye perceives them. We’ve had HDR for photos for a while – the phone takes a few shots at different exposures, then blends them to amplify shadows and tone down highlights.

In video, HDR works a little differently: the camera is able to boost exposure and include bright areas without cropping out (burning them out) the details. Meanwhile, shadows become more visible and colors become more vibrant.

To properly view HDR images, you need either a compatible screen to display the highlights properly, or the right software that can read the video data correctly and display the video without clipping. If you don’t have a compatible device, the images will look uncomfortably bright, faded and generally awful.

There are a few different formats for HDR video recording, the most dominant being Dolby Vision and HDR10+ as they are the most advanced. HDR10+ was actually developed with the help of Samsung, and – of course – that’s the format the Galaxy phones use.

SDR, as you’ve probably guessed, is Standard Dynamic Range – the regular video recording, which is limited in how far we can go with amplifying shadows and preserving highlights.

How to enable HDR video recording on Galaxy phones?

In the Camera app, look for the gear icon in the top left corner. Tapping this will take you to the camera settings. Then look for “Advanced recording options” under the Videos section. There you have the switch for HDR10+.

When you’re about to record video with HDR10+ enabled, the phone has this little status icon in the corner to alert you. Because, you know… HDR clips are kind of huge.

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