This tutorial guide is mainly discussing the following topics:

Full Introduction on HDR

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. Files that contain the .hdr file extension, also referred to as HDRI or Radiance HDR files, are raster image files that have been saved in the HDR image format.


HDR images can represent a greater range of luminance levels than can be achieved using more traditional methods, such as many real-world scenes containing very bright sunlight to extreme shade. To put it into another way, the HDR image format can be used to enhance the brightness and color of digital images. That is, HDR files are of higher definition than other files.

So where can you get HDR content like HDR videos or movies? Actually, HDR can be found and downloaded from Amazon, Netflix, Vudu, FandangoNow, Ultra, YouTubeand many more places. After downloading the wanted HDR files, you can now enjoy it as wished, no matter you want to play the file on computer, on TV on your mobile phone. Just read the below part to know how to play HDR files on different platforms.

Best Players to Support 4K HDR Content Display

1. Leawo Blu-ray Player (HDR Player)


This Free Leawo Blu-ray Player is a handy tool for HDR content playback on PC/Mac computer. With it, you can play any HDR videos without any hassle. While playing the files, you can freely change the playback settings including subtitles, audio and video settings to your own preference so as to have your personalized visual experience. More importantly, this software can support much more than HDR files. For example, it is able to play 4K video in MKV, MP4 and TS formats, 1080P videos in HD MP4, HD MKV, HD MOV, etc., 720P videos in MP4, AVI, MKV, and other formats, be it camcorder reordered footage, downloaded online video, or streamed video. Best of all, this software has a super easy user interface, allowing even computer novices to operate the software within 1-2-3 steps.

How to Play HDR Files on Computer

First of all, open the installed software on the computer and then hit the “Open File” option to load the wanted HDR file to the main interface.

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Now, you can right click on the main interface to show the pop-up window as pictured in the below. You can then enter the specific tabs to change the settings as needed and wanted. After that, continue the file playback.

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2. 4K HDR TV – Sony Bravia ZD9

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To view HDR content on the TV, you just need to get a HDR-compatible TV at hand. At present, practically every TV manufacturer you can think of now have HDR-compatible TV sets, such as Vizio, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, Philips, LG, TCL, Hisense and many more. Here, we just take Sony Bravia ZD9 as an example.

The Sony Bravia ZD9 is one of the greatest HDR TVs available in the market. It can offer wonderful detail and brightness and it is also sensitively designed, with with cable management built into the rear and the stand. And there are three sizes available for you choice, namely, 100-inch model, 75-inch and 65 inch.

3. 4K HDR streaming box – Roku Express Full HD Streaming Device

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This Roku Express Full HD Streaming Box is able to help stream any full HD files from all major popular services, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Go, and SlingTV and many more. Also, this software is pretty easy to setup and use. So there is no need to worry that you may get confused over the complex user interface. Moreover, its excellent remote control feature allows you to remotely control the streaming process while lying cozily in the couch.

4. HDR Media Player Device – 5K Player

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Speaking of a professional media player device, this 5K Player surely comes to one of my strongest recommendations. With it, you can easily play any HDR files, including M2TS, AVCHD (AVCHD camcorder recording), TP, MPEG-TS, EVO (HD DVD video format), MKV (most popular and universal HD media container format), AVC, MOD (JVC HD camcorder shootings). Also, it is able to support HD video mixed-in subtitle tracks. And it is totally for free!

Words in the End

Now, you have learned different ways to play HDR contents on different platforms in an easy and efficient way. By the way, nowadays, more and more phones can support HDR file playback such as LG G6, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+  and many more. So if you want to enjoy the HDR files, just choose a way to play it that suits you most!