How To Remove Hdr From Video

Removing HDR from Video: A Step-by-Step Guide

With the advent of High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology in the world of videography, capturing high-quality videos with stunning visuals has become more accessible than ever before. However, not everyone may need or want to maintain that HDR effect when editing their footage. In this article, we will guide you through a comprehensive process on how to remove HDR from your video using various software and techniques.

Understanding HDR

Before delving into the removal process, it is essential to understand what High Dynamic Range technology entails. Simply put, HDR allows for the capture of a wider range of colors and contrasts than traditional standard dynamic range (SDR) technology. This results in a more lifelike viewing experience with better color accuracy, higher peak brightness levels, and improved overall contrast ratio.

Removing HDR Using DaVinci Resolve

  1. Download and install DaVinci Resolve if you haven’t done so already.
  2. Open your project file within the software by clicking on “File” > “Open Project”.
  3. Locate the video clip with the HDR effect that needs removal in your timeline panel.
  4. Right-click on that specific video section while holding down Shift, then select “Delete” to remove it from the timeline.
  5. Proceed to duplicate that portion of audio (if necessary) by using keyboard shortcut ‘Ctrl + C’ or navigating to “Edit” > “Duplicate”.
  6. Copy the duplicated audio clip into your original track in the desired locatoin and use a fade-in/out effect if required.
  7. For any color correction, adjustments, and contrast changes during HDR removal process might cause an unwanted chroma noise, perform those operations after you removed the HDR footage.

Removing HDR Using Adobe Premiere Pro

  1. Launch Adobe Premiere Pro on your computer system.
  2. Open your project file within the software by clicking on “File” > “Open Project”.
  3. Locate and select that specific video segment containing HRD effect from your timeline panel in this context, you should acquire it selected automatically because you just opened the project.

Removing HDR Using Blackmagic Design Fusion

  1. Start up the DaVinci Resolve application if not already.
  2. Go to your preferred section of any black and white or color video with no issue due to that removal process is same for both; remove this segment from timeline by holding Shift key while right-clicking, then choosing “Delete” (see Fig 3).
  3. For the sake of some people in certain situations there may be need for duplicating portion related audio when copying.

Removing HDR Using Adobe After Effects

  1. Launch and open Adobe After Effects.
  2. Create a new composition by clicking on ‘File’ > New Composition’ with preferred resolution dimensions, frame rate you like; these parameters are completely flexible here but should match the ones of your original footage as much possible to avoid any loss in overall quality.

Removing HDR Using VEGAS Pro

  1. Start up and open video editing software VEGAS Pro on your system.
  2. Open or create new project file using option from ‘File’ dropdown menu within this application, after you select it navigate back into the main interface with a button at center left which opens by default (Figure 1). Once opened you are going to be working in “Media Pool” window of software; your original video here for instance we have some HRD footage.
  3. From these folders, right click and go ahead ‘Remove’ this area containing HDR effect after shifting control.


HDR is an amazing feature that adds a lot of depth and life to the color palette but in situations where removal needed follow given instructions from popular editors like DaVinci Resolve Adobe Premiere Pro Blackmagic Design Fusion or Adobe After Effects depending which you prefer.