How to Use Reference Modes on Apple Pro Display XDR

🗓️ November 10, 2020 By ✍️ Jaysukh patelWhile the Apple Pro Displays XDR is awesome, you might be wondering how this expensive display will fit in your workflows. Considering the same point and to make suitable for every person, apple has introduced various reference modes. From professional uses like video editing to watching movies, Apple has covered you entirely.

The reference mode lets you manage the screen resolution like HDR, Digital Cinema, SD video, HD and much more display environments. Each of these reference modes has a different white point, gamma, color space on your XDR display. We have listed the reference modes with a brief introduction to each of them. Check it out!

How to Use Reference Modes on your Apple Pro Display XDR

List of the different Reference Modes on Apple Pro Display XDR

Before choosing reference modes for your Apple Pro Display XDR, take a tour on the list of reference modes and hit the right spot that you need.

  • Pro Display XDR (P3-1600 nits)

It is the reference mode, especially for office and home environments based on wide color P3 and has Extreme Dynamic Support (XDR).

  • Apple Display (P3-500 nits)

It is similar to XDR reference mode, but with a limited brightness range of 500 nits.

  • HDR Video (P3-ST 2084)
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This reference mode can be recommended for 4K or ultra high definition video results which supports brightness range up to 1000 nits.

  • HDTV Video (BT.709-BT.1886)

You can use this HDTV Video reference mode for video targeting ITU-R BT.709 and BT.1886. It is designed to watch the video in controlled environments.

  •  NTSC Video (BT.601 SMPTE-C)

This mode can be used for standard-definition or archival workflows for ITU-R BT.601 and BT.601 SMPTE-C.

  • PAL and SECAM Video (BT.601 EBU)

It is similar to NTSC Video mode but used for ITU-R BT.601 and EBU Tech 3213 color schemes.

  • Digital Cinema (P-DCI)

Digital Cinema could be used to get theatrical color space on your workflows.

  • Digital Cinema (P-D65)

It is used for motion and post productions with color space theatrical workflows based on D65 whitepoint.

  • Design and Print (P3-D50)

This mode is especially made for graphic design, publishing workflows, and printing matters.

  • Photography (P3-D65)

Photography reference mode enables you to create an environment for digital photography.

  • Internet and Web (sRBG)

This reference mode is used to control workflows based on the internet and the web.

Now, proceed with the following

Steps to set the reference modes on your Pro Display XDR,

  • Click on Apple on the top menu bar.
  • Select System Preferences.
  • Then, go to Displays.
  • See, Presets? From there choose the desired Reference Mode.

    Apple macos catalina Apple logo display system pref

    Apple macOS Catalina Apple logo display system pref

  • Alternatively, on the menu bar, click on AirPlay options, and select Reference mode.
  • Once you choose the reference modes, click Done to save changes.

How to choose from Favorite Modes on Apple Pro Display XDR?

Likewise, you can select your favorite reference modes on Pro Display XDR,

  • Go to the Apple menu.
  • Choose System Preferences > Displays.
  • Click on the Preset menu, and go for Customize.
  • Now, select the Reference Modes and click Done.

That’s it.

you guy, having any issue to switch reference mode on your Apple Pro display XDR? please lets in the comment, we will help you to fix.

Mostly Apple Pro Display XDR common problems fix with the help of restart complete system.

Jaysukh Patel
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