High DPI monitor support for Windows

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High DPI monitor support for Windows

PostMon May 07, 2018 8:16 am

Is there any word for when Resolve will properly support high DPI displays on Windows?

Currently, the options are:
  • Set Windows to 100% scale, which makes the entire OS too tiny to use, including Resolve. Possibly only an option on an enormous screen - something like a 42" display, which most people aren't running (I think that's a safe assumption).
  • Use the comfortable Windows setting of 150% scale, and have a crisp UI in Resolve, but with absurdly large text and icons. It makes Resolve look like it's running in some accessibility mode for impaired vision.
  • Override the scaling, and have a normally scaled UI, but one that looks extremely pixelated, defeating a lot of the purpose of a high resolution display.

I normally wouldn't be too fussed over the 3rd option - the text and icons, while blurry, are readable and usable. The deal breaker is that the viewers are also pixelated - so any text or graphics cannot be viewed correctly, and appear pixelated when they are not.

The bottom line is that Resolve, currently, is close to unusable in Windows on a high DPI display, and this has been an issue for a while. I've found threads on this forum discussing this back in 2015! It's remarkable that this hasn't been addressed yet. Is there any word on when a fix is coming?

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Re: High DPI monitor support for Windows

PostFri Jan 11, 2019 12:38 pm

And that's why I use an iMac as my main workstation, despite the fact that I also have 2 beefed up HP Z6 workstations with 4K displays. That, and ProRes...
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Re: High DPI monitor support for Windows

PostFri Jan 11, 2019 6:11 pm

eikonoklastes wrote:Set Windows to 100% scale, which makes the entire OS too tiny to use

Then you need a larger monitor.

The sole purpose if higher resolution monitors is more screen real estate. You negate that by setting Display Scaling over 100%

It's like shooting, editing and delivering in 4K, but watching on an SDTV. It's pointless.


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Re: High DPI monitor support for Windows

PostFri Jan 11, 2019 8:27 pm

I have a 40" 4K monitor running at 100% scale. When I changed it to 150% scale and ran Resolve, it said that I had changed my screen resolution and asked if I wanted to reset the UI. Saying yes, everything looked pretty good to me. This is your #2 scenario, but I am not seeing large icons and buttons. Yes they are large for my 40" monitor, but if my monitor was 28-32 inches, I believe the icons would be the same size as they are when I am at 100% on my larger monitor. I could take a screen shot and scale the image to .75 to be sure, but that is my initial impression. We are talking about Resolve 15.2 and the latest commercial version of Windows 10 - correct? And just to be sure, are you leaving your resolution at the monitor's native setting and only changing the scale? Windows also likes you to sign out/in after you make a scale change. Finally, in the advanced scaling settings, do you have "Let Windows try to fix apps so they're not blurry" set to yes? Sorry for all the "is it plugged in" questions, but I want to make sure we are at the same baseline.

I understand what you are trying to achieve, exceptionally crisp text and UI with the video viewer's displaying at the monitor's native DPI. If you are editing an HD timeline, a 24-32 inch scaled 4K display should make for a very pleasant environment.

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