All about AMD Video Settings

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By default, video color and quality settings that are best suited for your videos are automatically applied within the Control Center application. You can view and adjust these settings using the following pages under the Video group:

  • Color—Contains settings for enabling video presets and controlling the color quality of video images.
  • Quality—Contains settings for sharpening, smoothing, and enhancing video images. This page also contains settings for configuring video playback on multiple displays (theater mode).
Note: Settings are applied only to applications that support hardware acceleration. The availability of settings varies between systems.

Some video features must be enabled before use, depending on the system configuration and whether your computer is running on battery power. If needed, you can enable these features on the Video > Global Video Quality page.

 Systems with Switchable Graphics Capabilities

If your computer supports Switchable Graphics and you are using the GPU selection method that enables you to assign applications to specific GPUs, two versions of the Color, Quality, and Global Video Quality pages become available so that you can configure both GPUs:

  • High-performance Graphics—Use this version of the page to configure video settings for your AMD discrete GPU.
  • Power-Saving Graphics—Use this version of the page to configure video settings for your AMD integrated GPU.

Video presets and basic video color settings apply to both GPUs.

Global Video Quality Features

The Video > Global Video Quality page contains settings for enabling video playback features and changing video options. Settings on the page are categorized into two areas:

  • Battery State Video / Override System Power Policies—Contains settings to enable or disable video enhancement features.
  • Video Playback—Contains settings to enable smooth video playback and apply video quality settings to Internet videos and third-party video players.

Enabling/Disabling Video Enhancement Features

By default, video enhancement features are disabled on your notebook regardless of whether it is running on battery power or plugged in. This behavior provides standard video playback quality and performance while providing balanced/optimized power savings. Using the Override System Power Policies settings, you can configure your system to always use video enhancement features, regardless of its power source and the Windows® power plan that is currently selected.

For certain notebooks, video enhancement features are disabled only when the system is switched to battery power. To continue using video enhancement features even when your notebook is running on battery power, select the appropriate Battery State Video settings.

Note: The availability of these settings depends on the type of system you are using.

Video enhancement features provide optimized video playback quality and performance but may consume more power.

  1. Navigate to the Video > Global Video Quality page.
  2. In the Battery State Video / Override System Power Policies area, enable or disable the following options as necessary:
    • Allow all video enhancements—Ensures that all video processing features including AMD Steady Video remain available for use at all times, even when your system is running on battery. Selecting this option may improve video quality but at the expense of power consumption.
    • Allow AMD Steady Video only—Uses AMD Steady Video (if available) to stabilize the playback of shaky videos, but disables all other video enhancement features to conserve power. Select this option to balance image stability with power consumption.
  3. Click Apply.

The quality of video playback changes according to the selected settings.

Enabling Smooth Playback and Video Quality Settings

Use the video playback settings on the Video > Global Video Quality page to ensure smooth video playback for times when video images appear to be disjointed due to dropped frames.

You can also use the settings to apply video settings currently set within the Control Center application to third-party video players and videos streamed from the Internet. By default, only certain video settings are enabled (video post-processing settings remain disabled unless otherwise specified).

  1. Navigate to the Video > Global Video Quality page.For certain systems, there may be two versions of these pages; select the page that corresponds to the graphics processor that you want to configure.
  2. In the Video Playback area, enable or disable the following settings as appropriate:
    Tip: To more quickly access this area in Advanced View, click Video Playback under the Video > Global Video Quality group.
    • Enforce Smooth Video Playback—Ensures smooth video playback with no dropped frames.
    • Apply current video quality settings to Internet video—Applies all video settings currently set within the Control Center application to Internet videos.
    • Enable AMD Video Quality features in supported video player applications—Enables video quality features for all supported applications, improving video playback on third-party video players. This setting is not available if video quality features are enabled by default for all supported applications.
  3. Click Apply.

Video Color Settings

The Video > Color page contains settings for adjusting the color quality of video images. Settings on the page are categorized into two areas:

  • Basic Video Color—Contains predefined AMD video presets and settings for adjusting the color levels of video images.
  • Advanced Video Color—Contains settings for fine tuning the color levels of video images.
Tip: To more quickly access these areas in Advanced View, click either Basic Video Color or Advanced Video Color under the Video > Color group as appropriate.
Note: Settings are applied only to applications that support hardware acceleration. The availability of settings varies between systems.

Using Video Player Settings

When playing videos on your system, you can configure them to use only the color settings that are controlled through the video player. When you use video player settings, the basic video color settings on the Video > Color page are ignored.

  1. Navigate to the Video > Color page.For certain notebooks, there may be two versions of these pages; select the page that corresponds to the graphics processor that you want to configure.
  2. In the Basic Video Color area, select Use Video Player Settings.
    Tip: To more quickly access this area in Advanced View, click Basic Video Color under the Video > Color group.
  3. Click Apply.

Video color is adjusted according to the color settings in your video player. Basic color settings on the page become disabled.

Selecting Video Presets

The Control Center application comes with several presets for adjusting video brightness, contrast, saturation, tint, and gamma settings. Each preset contains a predefined combination of settings customized for a specific use. You can adjust your current video settings by selecting a preset, using application-specific settings, or creating your own combination of settings.

Note: Settings are applied only to applications that support hardware acceleration.

For notebooks that are capable of Switchable Graphics and simultaneously provide the ability to configure the integrated and discrete graphics processor (GPU), changes to video presets are applied to both GPUs.

  1. Navigate to the Video > Color page.
  2. In the Basic Video Color area, select Use AMD Settings.
    Tip: To more quickly access this area in Advanced View, click Basic Video Color under the Video > Color group.
  3. Select Use AMD Settings followed by the appropriate video preset:
    • Standard—Use color settings that are intended for standard video viewing.
    • Vivid—Use color settings that are intended to provide brighter, higher-contrast video images.
    • Theater—Use color settings that are intended for home-theater use.
    • Bright—Use color settings that are intended to provide brighter video images.
    • Custom—Use custom color settings. When this option is selected, the other basic video color settings on the page become available for configuration.
  4. Click Apply.

Adjusting Basic Video Color Settings

Basic video color settings include brightness, contrast, saturation, and tint. Use these settings to adjust the color levels during video playback.

Note: Settings are applied only to applications that support hardware acceleration.

For notebooks that are capable of Switchable Graphics and simultaneously provide the ability to configure the integrated and discrete graphics processor (GPU), basic video color settings are applied to both GPUs. Therefore, these settings do not appear on the Video > Color page for discrete (high-performance) GPUs.

  1. Navigate to the Video > Color page.For certain notebooks, there may be two versions of these pages; select the page that corresponds to the graphics processor that you want to configure.
  2. In the Basic Video Color area, select Use AMD Settings.
    Tip: To more quickly access this area in Advanced View, click Basic Video Color under the Video > Color group.
  3. Select Use AMD Settings and adjust the following settings as appropriate:
    • Brightness—Brightness is the overall intensity or luminosity of an image.
    • Contrast—Contrast is the difference between the brightest and darkest parts of an image.
    • Saturation—Saturation is the amount of color in an image.
    • Tint—Tint defines the red, green, and blue components of an image.
      Note: Certain video formats do not support these adjustments.

    The Custom video preset option is automatically selected.

  4. Click Apply.

Adjusting Advanced Video Color Settings

Use advanced video color settings to further adjust the color quality of videos. With these settings, you can remove excess red from skin tones, increase the brightness of whites, and fine tune other color levels to improve the quality of video images.

Note: This page is not available on all systems. The availability of settings varies between systems.
  1. Navigate to the Video > Color page.For certain notebooks, there may be two versions of these pages; select the page that corresponds to the graphics processor that you want to configure.
  2. Make sure that Use AMD Settings is selected in the Basic Video Color area of the page.
  3. In the Advanced Video Color area, adjust the following settings as appropriate.
    Tip: To more quickly access this area in Advanced View, click Advanced Video Color under the Video > Color group.
    • Color Vibrance—Controls the vividness of colors.
    • Color Management—Controls the saturation of colors. Use the Boost sliders to control the vividness of each color and the Hue sliders to control how closely each color matches its adjacent colors on the color wheel.
    • Flesh Tone Correction—Removes excess reds from flesh tones.
    • Brighter Whites—Increases the blue value of video images for brighter shades of white.
    • Dynamic Range—Controls the range of brightness in videos. A wider range can provide greater detail.
    • Video Gamma—Controls the overall intensity of colors.
  4. Click Apply.

Video Quality Settings

The Video > Quality page contains settings for adjusting the image quality of video images. Settings on the page are categorized into two areas:

  • Video Quality—Contains settings for adjusting edge enhancements and noise reduction in videos.
  • Video Demo Mode—Contains settings for demonstrating AMD video enhancement features that are available for your graphics card.
Note: Settings are applied only to applications that support hardware acceleration. The availability of settings varies between systems.

Adjusting Video Quality Settings

Use the settings in the Video Quality area of the Video > Quality page to improve the look of edges and reduce the amount of noise and distortion in videos. Video quality settings require application support and are applied only if they are supported by your video player and graphics processor / APU.

Note: To ensure that settings are properly applied, use a deinterlacing mode of vector, motion, or direction adaptive and make sure that your screen resolution is ≤ 2560×1600.
  1. Navigate to the Video > Quality page.For certain notebooks, there may be two versions of these pages; select the page that corresponds to the graphics processor that you want to configure.
  2. In the Video Quality area, enable and adjust the following settings. You can adjust a setting by moving its slider or selecting a value in its list box.
    Tip: To more quickly access this area in Advanced View, click Video Quality under the Video > Quality group.
    • Edge-enhancement—Controls the overall sharpness of images.
    • De-noise—Removes excess noise from images.
    • De-blocking—Smooths out images and decreases unwanted edges in video that have been overly compressed.
    • Mosquito Noise Reduction—Reduces the look of blotchy edges in video that have been overly compressed.
    • De-contouring—Reduces the appearance of banding in areas of uniform color.
    • Enable dynamic contrast—Automatically adjusts video gamma and contrast levels for improved picture quality. This feature is especially useful for enhancing clarity and color vibrance for pictures that are overly bright or dim.
    • Enable upscaled compression artifacts—Automatically reduces upscaled compression artifacts in video.
    • Fluid motion—Reduces motion blur and provides smoother, more fluid movement of objects by increasing the number of frames used to show video content.
  3. Click Apply.

Configuring Deinterlacing and Pulldown Detection Settings

By adjusting the deinterlacing and pulldown detection settings on the Video > Quality page, you can sharpen and improve the quality of videos converted from film.

Deinterlacing creates a sharp image from two video fields of interlaced video. Pulldown detection enables automatic compensation for film converted to video.

Note: Settings are applied only to applications that support hardware acceleration.
  1. Navigate to the Video > Quality page.For certain notebooks, there may be two versions of these pages; select the page that corresponds to the graphics processor that you want to configure.
  2. In the Video Quality area, do one of the following:
    Tip: To more quickly access this area in Advanced View, click Video Quality under the Video > Quality group.
    • To automatically use the deinterlacing mode best suited for your videos, select Use Automatic Deinterlacing.
    • To use a specific deinterlacing mode, select the appropriate mode using the slider:
      • Weave—Does not apply any deinterlacing.
      • Bob—Removes every other line of the video image and is recommended for motion video.
      • Adaptive—Reacts to the amount of motion in the video, applies a media filter on a motion block, and applies weave on the remaining blocks.
      • Motion Adaptive—Applies the advanced motion detection to deinterlace the video.
      • Vector Adaptive—Produces smoother, less jagged edges for interlaced video playback.
      • Direction Adaptive—Produces straighter edges for near-horizontal lines in interlaced video.
  3. To enable pulldown detection for improved video quality, enable Pulldown Detection.For example, pulldown detection can be used to convert a 24 fps movie to a 30 fps video suitable for NTSC viewing.
  4. Click Apply.

Configuring Video Demo Mode

Use the Video Demo Mode area on the Video > Quality page to demonstrate the benefits of video settings available in the Control Center application. When demo mode is enabled, all video enhancement features supported by your graphics card are enabled, and a window appears showing a comparison of video played with and without enhancement features.

Note: These settings are available only for certain graphics cards.
  1. Navigate to the Video > Quality page.For certain notebooks, there may be two versions of these pages; select the page that corresponds to the graphics processor that you want to configure.
  2. In the Video Demo Mode area, enable or disable Enable Demo Mode as appropriate.
    Tip: To more quickly access this area in Advanced View, click Video Demo Mode under the Video > Quality group.

    If you choose to enable demo mode, select one of the following options:

    • Full Screen Mode (Enhancements Off)—Shows video playback in the demo window with enhancement features disabled.
    • Full Screen Mode (Enhancements On)—Shows video playback in the demo window with enhancement features enabled.
    • Split Screen Mode—Simultaneously shows video playback with enhancement features enabled and disabled in the demo window. To enable a side-by-side demonstration of the AMD Steady Video feature, you must first select this option. Availability of this setting varies between graphics cards.
  3. Click Apply.

Demo mode is automatically disabled each time you restart or log on to your computer.

AMD Steady Video

AMD Steady Video is a technology that is designed to stabilize the playback of shaky video. Personal video shot with hand-held cameras and other devices can be unsteady. AMD Steady Video processes video as it is playing and can remove undesirable motion to present a more stable image. The AMD Steady Video page contains settings for stabilizing the playback of shaky video. It also contains settings for demonstrating the AMD Steady Video feature and identifying when it is being used.

If your computer is running on battery power you may also need to enable AMD Steady Video in the battery state options on the Video > Global Video Quality page.

Note: Settings are applied only to applications that support hardware acceleration. The availability of settings varies between systems.

Enabling/Disabling AMD Steady Video

Enabling AMD Steady Video support can help reduce the shakiness of videos shot with hand-held cameras. When AMD Steady Video is enabled, you can customize the amount of image processing that is being applied to your videos.

Note: AMD Steady Video settings require both an AMD CPU and an AMD graphics card. Only certain AMD graphics cards are supported. AMD Steady Video uses AMD technology to balance the video processing workload between both the CPU and the graphics card.
  1. Navigate to the Video > AMD Steady Video page.
  2. Enable or disable Enable AMD Steady Video as appropriate.
  3. Click Apply.

AMD Steady Video support is enabled or disabled as appropriate.

Note: If your computer is running on battery power you may also need to enable AMD Steady Video in the battery state options on the Video > Global Video Quality page.

When AMD Steady Video is enabled, you can change the amount of stabilization that is applied to your videos.

You can also choose to show or hide the AMD stabilization logo during video playback. You can also choose to use the side-by-side configuration in video demo mode.

Configuring Stabilization Strength, Video Delay, and Zoom Settings

When AMD Steady Video is enabled, you can control the amount of image compensation that is applied to shaky videos. Use the AMD Steady Video settings in Standard View to select from predefined AMD Steady Video settings, which consists of specific stabilization strength, video delay, and zoom values. You can also choose to use a custom combination of values as specified in Advanced View.

For greater control of these values, use the AMD Steady Video settings in Advanced View instead.

  1. Navigate to the Video > AMD Steady Video page in either Standard View or Advanced View according to the type of adjustments that you want to make.
  2. Make sure that AMD Steady Video support is enabled.
  3. Do one of the following:
    • Standard View—Use the Overall Strength slider to select from predefined AMD Steady Video and custom settings. A higher setting can provide steadier videos.
    • Advanced View—Adjust the following settings as necessary. You can adjust a setting by moving the slider or selecting a value in the list box.
      • Strength—Controls the amount of stabilization to apply to videos. A higher setting results in steadier videos. A lower setting results in the fewest side effects.
      • Video Delay—Controls the number of video frames to delay. A higher setting results in steadier videos but may cause discrepancies between video and audio output.
      • Zoom—Controls the zoom level. AMD Steady Video compensates for shaky edges by zooming in to the center of videos. A higher zoom level may increase the quality of the stabilized video.
  4. Click Apply.

The amount of compensation that is applied to your videos changes based on your selection.

Configuring AMD Steady Video Demo and Indicator Settings

When AMD Steady Video is enabled, you can choose to show a side-by-side comparison of unprocessed video and video that has been stabilized using the AMD Steady Video feature.

Note: These settings are available only for systems that support AMD Steady Video.
  1. Navigate to the Video > AMD Steady Video page.
  2. Make sure that AMD Steady Video is enabled.
  3. Do any of the following:
    • To demonstrate the benefits of AMD Steady Video in video demo mode, select Display Side-by-Side Video in Demo Mode and make sure that Split Screen Mode is also selected in the Video Demo Mode area of the page.

      When this option is selected, a side-by-side comparison of unprocessed video and video that has been stabilized using the AMD Steady Video feature is shown on screen.

    • To show the AMD stabilization logo for videos that are enhanced with AMD Steady Video, select Display Indicator When Compensation is Active.

      When this option is selected, the logo temporarily appears in the bottom-right corner of the video.

  4. Click Apply.

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