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NVIDIA launches new feature to make cat videos look less rubbish

by on25 January 2024

For RTX GPU owners 

Nvidia is launching a new feature for all RTX GPU owners today -- RTX Video HDR.

Much like how Nvidia’s RTX Video Super Resolution can upscale old, blurry web videos, RTX Video HDR uses AI to convert SDR colour space video to HDR. You need an HDR10-compatible monitor with HDR enabled in Windows.

RTX Video HDR is part of today’s 551.23 Game Ready driver release for the new RTX 4070 Ti Super launch. The Video HDR feature works in both Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome, adding colour detail to 4K YouTube videos that weren’t uploaded in HDR. 

Like many of Nvidia’s AI-powered features, RTX Video HDR requires an RTX card since it uses the tensor cores that Nvidia first started shipping in its RTX 20-series GPUs.

Nvidia also uses AI techniques for its Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) system to improve game frame rates and image quality. Nvidia launched its Deep Learning Dynamic Super Resolution (DLDSR) system in 2022 to enhance the quality of images by rendering games at higher resolution. Nvidia Broadcast also includes an Eye Contact feature that uses AI to make it look like you’re making eye contact during video calls.

Nvidia’s latest 551.23 driver release supports the Ultra Low Latency Mode with DirectX 12 games. This mode is worth enabling in games without Nvidia Reflex support, as it reduces the render queue directly at the driver level instead of the game managing it.

Nvidia wants you to believe that its RTX cards are the best thing since sliced bread and that you need them to enjoy your videos and games in glorious HDR. But don't be fooled by the hype. This is another way for Nvidia to sell you more expensive hardware and software you don't need. After all, who needs HDR to watch cat videos in 240p?

Last modified on 25 January 2024
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