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What the Galaxy Note 8 "Video enhancer" does, and how to use it

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What the Galaxy Note 8 "Video enhancer" does, and how to use it

One of the main points of interest with the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8, as it was with the Galaxy S8, is the gorgeous Infinity Display adorning its facade. With an unusual aspect ratio of 18.5:9, Samsung's new AMOLED panel isleaves very little in the way of bezels on the top and bottom of its latest flagships. Note 8's display has a native resolution of 1440 x 2960 (WQHD+) and is capable of delivering an exceptional pixel density that makes images appear ultra crisp. But the Note 8 is also HDR-certified, meaning it can reproduce a wider color gamut of when displaying HDR content.

This is cool and all, don't get us wrong, but the fact of the matter is that most video content that you will be consuming on your flashy new bezel-less Note 8 will be of the non-HDR variety. Or, in other words, plain ol' YouTube videos. That's why Samsung has included a feature that's aimed at augmenting regular videos.

Enter "Video enhancer".

This video enhancement tool was first introduced with the Galaxy S7, and although it won't magically convert your 720p videos to 4K or anything like that, it can certainly add some pleasant oomph to otherwise bleak-looking videos by enhancing the colors.

You can enable the feature on the Note 8 by following these simple steps:

  1. Go to "Settings"
  2. Tap on "Advanced features"
  3. Scroll down and select "Video enhancer"

What the Galaxy Note 8 "Video enhancer" does, and how to use it
What the Galaxy Note 8 "Video enhancer" does, and how to use it
What the Galaxy Note 8 "Video enhancer" does, and how to use it

You'll see a little preview window that will give you a general idea of what to expect from this feature, but we'd suggest that you experiment with it when actually watching videos. It works well in some situations, but the punch it adds may be a bit too much in other scenarios.

Unfortunately, the changes in color do not register in screenshots, so we had to take some photos instead. Do keep in mind that it's close to impossible to perfectly capture this effect on camera, and although we think the following comparison is sufficiently representative of what we saw with our eyes, it may look different to you when you see it in person:

Video Enhancer OFF
Video Enhancer ON
Video Enhancer OFF Video Enhancer ON

Disclaimer -- for the purpose of this showcase, we set turned off auto brightness and set it to maximum, so as to avoid any unforeseen changes in the luminance of the display


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posted on 12 Sep 2017, 09:05

1. dazed1 (Posts: 585; Member since: 28 Jul 2015)


Youtube already support HDR, wake up iPhonearena.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 09:13

2. Milen_Y (Posts: 43; Member since: 09 Jun 2016)


https://www.phonearena.com/news/HDR-playback-going-live-for-Samsung-Galaxy-S8S8-users-in-latest-YouTube-app-update_id97869

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 09:20

3. cnour (Posts: 1647; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Hey Android lovers, few hours and you will how will be your phone in one year!!!!!!

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 09:45 2

4. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 1049; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Lol, eh, what? oh, you mean we will be taken down a trip in memory lane to 2012 as usual by Apple, more things we have had for years appearing for the first time in an iPhone, lol!

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 10:55

6. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1544; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Someone serve this troll a little attention..

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 11:00

7. Sammy_DEVIL737 (Posts: 178; Member since: 28 Nov 2016)


Oh, come-on cnour stop being a typical sheep.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 09:57

5. Zack_2014 (Posts: 536; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Doesn't the S8/S8+ screen also support HDR like the Note 8? I thought both had the same displays?
And all I see the video enhancer do is increase the brightness of the display.

posted on 12 Sep 2017, 11:44

8. Macready (Posts: 1537; Member since: 08 Dec 2014)


Both support HDR, but the Note 8 screen is a tad more efficient and can go brighter.

The video enhancer can increase perceived resolution and map videos from a smaller gamut to a larger color gamut (which includes HDR coverage), so it doesn't just make videos brighter overall, but it can make highlights brigther to cover a larger dynamic range.

It's not the same as footage natively shot and/or edited in those larger gamuts, but it sure can help flat looking videos come to life on a HDR capable screen.

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