Plex gets support for tone mapping when playing hdr video

Media server software Plex will receive support for tone mapping, so that users can play HDR videos with beautiful images on devices without HDR screens. The feature is included in the new version Plex Media Server v1.21.0.

If the software has to do the tone mapping, it will work on all platforms, Plex reports. Support for hardware acceleration is still limited. In addition, the feature requires the installation of additional drivers, the company reports on the feature’s support page.

Thanks to tone mapping it should be possible to play HDR videos on devices with SDR screens and colors should then look good. As a result, users no longer need an SDR and HDR version of material for different devices. The feature has support for videos in HDR10 format, or videos that are backwards compatible with it, such as HDR10 + and most video content in Dolby Vision.

Plex Media Server v1.21.0 was released on Monday and can be downloaded from the site. Tonemapping runs on Windows, macOS, Linux, FreeBSD, Docker, nas systems and the Nvidia Shield, among others, the company says.