How to burn HDR videos to Blu-ray disc without colors washed out


    High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology quickly gained popularity for its ability to enhance images with high contrast, increased brightness, and vibrant colors. Many videos now feature HDR effects, and smartphones like iPhones support 4K HDR video recording. Additionally, HDR has become a standard feature of 4K UHD Blu-ray, with all commercial 4K UHD Blu-ray discs including HDR. However, converting HDR videos can sometimes result in a loss of color vibrancy, causing them to appear washed out when made into Blu-ray discs. This fading issue can occur with many Blu-ray authoring software programs. In this article, we introduce Yuhan Blu-ray Creator, a Blu-ray authoring software that preserves the vibrant colors of HDR videos when creating Blu-ray discs.

"I have shot a lot of HDR videos with my iPhone, and I want to burn them into Blu-ray discs, but after I burn them, I find that the color of the disc content is washed out, faded, and not as vivid as the original video, what should I do?"


"I used the mkv file ripped from 4K UHD Blu-ray to make it into a Ordinary Blu-ray disc, and after observation, the colors are severely washed out, but the color of the original video is normal when it is played on vlc media player, what's the problem?"


This is a problem encountered by many Blu-ray disc production enthusiast, if the HDR video is not processed by special processing, the HDR data will be lost, which will cause the color to fade, just like the picture below, the right side is the color of the normal HDR video, which is very bright, and the left side is the color that loses HDR after conversion, which is very monotonous,  you can clearly see the fading of the color. How can you burn HDR videos to Blu-ray without losing color?



Part 1: Why does HDR video conversion cause colors washed out?


When HDR (High Dynamic Range) video is converted to SDR (Standard Dynamic Range), colors can sometimes appear washed out or lacking vibrancy due to differences in the color space, luminance, and gamma settings used in the two formats.


On Color Space,HDR uses a wider color gamut (e.g., BT.2020) compared to SDR (e.g., BT.709). When converting HDR video to SDR, the wider color gamut of HDR needs to be mapped to the smaller color space of SDR. This mapping can sometimes result in colors that appear less saturated. Meanwhile,on Luminance and Gamma, HDR content is designed to display a wider range of luminance (brightness) levels, often up to 1000 nits or more, while SDR is typically limited to around 100 nits. HDR content uses a different gamma curve (such as PQ or HLG) compared to SDR (typically gamma 2.2). This difference can lead to adjustments in brightness and contrast that may wash out the colors.

Part 2: The best HDR Video to Blu-ray burner - Yuhan Blu-ray Creator


To achieve a better conversion, it's important to use high-quality blu-ray authoring software and adjust the conversion settings properly, including color space mapping, luminance range, and gamma correction. Currently, there are over a dozen Blu-ray authoring software options available, but many of them do not offer special processing for HDR videos, instead, they treat HDR videos as ordinary videos, which can lead to color fading on the resulting Blu-ray discs. This issue is causing frustration for many users.



With the release of Yuhan Blu-ray Creator, this problem has been perfectly solved. Not only can it handle videos containing HDR10, but it can also handle HLG HDR taken by iPhone. After the processing of Yuhan Blu-ray Creator, the Blu-ray disc you burned will no longer have the problem of color fading. At the same time, compared to other Blu-ray burning software, you can also get:

  • Supports almost all formats of pictures including iPhone HEIC
  • Supports almost all music formats including Dolby Atmos music.
  • Support multi-audio tracks, multi-subtitles, and even external subtitles.
  • Built-in 20+ menu templates and offers many customization options.
  • Available for both Windows and Mac.


Part 3: Detailed steps to burn HDR videos to Blu-ray disc without colors washed out


Before we start, we need to download and install Yuhan Blu-ray Creator. If your computer is Windows, you can click the button on the left below to download it. If your computer is Mac, please click the button on the right below to download it.




Step 1. Add  Video Files


Click the "Add Video" button to add the file. If your video contains HDR10, Yuhan Blu-ray Creator can detect it and mark it, as shown in the image below. If your video is Hlg HDR shot on iPhone, Yuhan Blu-ray Creator can also handle it, but it will not mark it.After adding, at the bottom of the software interface, you can select the disc capacity, etc. Yuhan Blu-ray Creator supports all specifications of capacity: BD25, BD50, BD66, BD100.




Step 2. Set up video (optional)

Open the video settings dialog box. There are some useful features here, such as you can crop the video (set the start time and end time), add chapters, etc.




Step 3. Set up Blu-ray menu and customize it.

Yuhan Blu-ray Creator offers a comprehensive selection of menu options such as "First Play," "Skip Menu," and "Highlight Color," which set it apart from other Blu-ray authoring software. It also supports four scene page displays, allowing you to choose between file or chapter views, with icons or text. These versatile features are unique to Yuhan Blu-ray Creator and are not found in other Blu-ray burning software.





Step 4. Burn settings.

In this step, you can set how you want to save the content, and if you want to share the content of the disc online, you can choose to save it as ISO. At the same time, you can set disc labels, video decoders, video encoders, etc. The discs made by Yuhan Blu-ray Creator can be compatible with almost all Blu-ray players, including Sony, Panasonic, Samsung, Microsoft Xbox, etc.



Step 5. Start working.

Click the start button above and Yuhan Blu-ray Creator will start working. This may take an hour or two, depending on the performance of your computer.



Part 4: Conclusion

Through the above introduction, I believe you must have a certain understanding of HDR video. For those users who suffer from washed-out colors when converting HDR videos, Yuhan Blu-ray Creator is just the Blu-ray authoring software you need. It also has many powerful functions waiting for you to explore. If you want to learn more about it, please click:


If you haven't tried it yet, click the button below to download a free trial.