Monitor Setup Options for UHD and 4K

Configuring UHD, 4K, 5K, 8K and other high resolution displays can sometimes be a challenge due to a multitude of variables, including both hardware and software variables (e.g. graphics cards, drivers, OS, application variables, etc).

Most users will leverage various scaling options provided by one of these variables to address their needs, however, doing so for one application doesn’t mean all other applications will behave the same way.   Below are a few things to consider when using UHD and higher resolution displays:

  • Windows 10 is far better than Windows 7 at dealing with scaling and/or different resolutions on multiple display configurations.
    • Often we’ll configure a 3 display setup for customers, with 2ea. 1080p displays and 1ea. large UHD display.
      • Scaling at 100% on 2ea. 1080p displays, and usually 200% on the UHD display.
      • UHD display is typically configured as the Full Screen output monitor for their NLE (e.g. Avid Media Composer, Premiere Pro)
  • Screen Capturing from a UHD or other high resolution display:
    • Consider changing desktop resolution to 1080p, scaling at 100%, then changing it back after you’ve completed your capture.

Windows native Ease of Access scaling options attempts to scale text, title bars, and icons for all applications.  How well it does will depend on how the application it’s attempting to scale was developed (more variables), which is why we recommend the above configuration(s) typically.

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