Dolby Vision support .ts/.mkv files

I’m confused here.
MakeMKV has had the ability to create a Single Layer Profile 7 whilst retaining Dolby Vision for the last few months. It’s how many of us with an NVidia Shield has been watching them.

  • MakeMKV v1.15.3 (1.10.2020 )
    • MakeMKV now can extract Dolby Vision metadata from elementary stream data and rebuild missing or invalid DV descriptors

These are definitely not “Fake DV.”

I can assure you the latest Plex Testflight plays them just fine as DV (as long as the Atmos soundtrack is disabled.)

Further to this one high-end tracker has just released the very first 1080p Single Layer Dolby Vision encode. Here’s the Media Info for it. It (2017).txt (7.5 KB)

Here hopefully if the link works is a 1 minute (crap quality) video of Plex triggering Dolby vision on two Profile7 Dolby Vision files. Sadly the Dolby Vision logo itself is highly reflective.

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Yes, it really is confusing. DV has so many different variants it’s hard to keep them all straight. There is single-layer with no fallback, dual-layer (with fallback, obviously), and single-layer with fallback.

The specs from the IT sample show this is profile 8, which technically has one video track, but includes an HDR10 fallback.

HDR format : Dolby Vision, Version 1.0, dvhe.08.03, BL+RPU, Blu-ray compatible / SMPTE ST 2086, HDR10 compatible

What I imagine Plex is doing is playing the underlying HDR10 video, but switching your TV to DV. This is technically incorrect, as the video being played is the HDR10 video, without the extra DV info. You could get the same effect in Infuse by enabling DV in the Apple TV settings, and then disable match dynamic range.

What MakeMKV can do is recreate dual-layer DV files, and keep the separate HDR10/DV info. For example, it cannot combine dual-layer videos (IE UHD Blu-rays) into single-layer (without fallback) DV profile 5 video.

There are other apps which capture the HDR10 video, but add metadata for DV Profile 5. This is also incorrect, as the underlying video is just HDR10 and not DV.

Analyzing the underlying video takes a bit of work, but a super-quick way to check if something is actually single-layer (with no fallback) would be to play a sample in IINA on Mac (which does not support DV).

Here’s a comparison with the samples found at: Dolby Vision streams | Dolby Developer

Profile 5 (no fallback)

Profile 8 (with fallback)

As you can see, IINA is unable display the correct colors in the DV-only file. But is able to display the correct HDR10 colors in the file with fallback.


But that surely wouldn’t make the files look IDENTICAL to when playing back on the Shield in DV.
Nor unless I’m still missing something why the same file in Plex on the ATV 4K looks completely different when Atmos is enabled and does indeed force HDR playback.

Anyway, no worries. It is what it is.

Can you try this to compare?

  1. Set Apple TV to Dolby Vision output
  2. Disable Match Dynamic Range (you can keep match frame rate enabled)
  3. Play one of these videos in Infuse (your TV should show DV logo) and compare to your Shield

I just did and I concede. I really appreciate the clarification and I’m sorry for doubting you.
So Plex are simply enabling Dolby Vision mode on the ATV 4K when playing back these files?

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Awesome! Thanks for doing that.

Yes, it seems Plex is simply switching to DV for these videos…which are actually playing in HDR10.


So I just tested the 7.11 beta of Plex and they have dual layer profile 7 Dolby Vision playing in tvOS and iOS now. Trick is you can not have the lossless audio track selected. Being that infuse will direct play the lossless audio tracks I am hoping they find a way to make this happen!

Do these steps and as I just found out thanks to James pointing this out it’s almost certainly NOT the case.
It’s simply triggering Dolby Vision UI when it plays media back. Even SD will trigger DV with those settings.
It seems that Plex is just fooling us. That said it does still look pretty nice.
Even if only for eliminating the dazzling white forced subtitles on HDR10, I would still be happy to see it as an option in Infuse.

With regard to subtitles, you might give the ‘light gray’ color option a try.

This can be adjusted in the Subtitles section of the Playback Menu (swipe down while a video is playing).

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Hi! I believe my question is relevant to this post, if not please correct me. I am trying to play an mkv file with DV although I am getting only the HDR mark on my LG B7. There is a post saying “It is DV but since its the new single layer version mkv it only plays on Nvidia Shields & Plex. On everything else it will say HDR10 instead of DV.”

Since I am not using neither a Shield (ATV 4K here) nor Plex (playing my files directly from my PC via a NFS server) is there a way to see the file in DV? Thanks!

Can you post up the specs?

It sounds like it may be a single-layer with fallback.

You’d like the MediaInfo details? Or something more? MediaInfo states the file as HDR10 whereas it is stated in the filename that the file is a DV one.

MediaInfo should be enough.

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Also make sure you have the latest version of mediainfo. They added support for DV in mkvs not too long ago


MediaInfo 20.09


Can you select the 3rd tab, and copy/paste the specs?

Screen Shot 2020-12-02 at 9.00.59 AM

ID : 1
Format : HEVC
Format/Info : High Efficiency Video Coding
Format profile : Main 10@L5.1@High
HDR format : Dolby Vision, Version 1.0, dvhe.07.06, BL+EL+RPU, Blu-ray compatible / SMPTE ST 2086, HDR10 compatible
Duration : 3 h 48 min
Bit rate : 68.0 Mb/s
Width : 3 840 pixels
Height : 2 160 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 16:9
Frame rate mode : Constant
Frame rate : 23.976 (24000/1001) FPS
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0 (Type 2)
Bit depth : 10 bits
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.342
Stream size : 108 GiB (96%)
Default : Yes
Forced : No
Color range : Limited
Color primaries : BT.2020
Transfer characteristics : PQ
Matrix coefficients : BT.2020 non-constant
Mastering display color primaries : Display P3
Mastering display luminance : min: 0.0050 cd/m2, max: 4000 cd/m2
Maximum Content Light Level : 602 cd/m2
Maximum Frame-Average Light Level : 184 cd/m2

This appears to be profile 7, which is similar to the examples from earlier in this thread.

This type of DV is not supported on the Apple TV, and these will play in HDR10.

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Ah ic… OK then thanks for clarifying, hoping for future support then!


Isn’t AppleTV able to play Profile 8 too, as someone said in another thread ? Or maybe it’s different with .TS files ?
For example would the aTV be able to play this rlz WITH DoVI ?

The Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers (2002) Extended (2160p UHD BluRay x265 DV HDR DDP 7 1 English - Weasley HONE)
Video Format    : HEVC / Main 10@L5.1@Main               
HDR Format      : Dolby Vision / MEL / Profile 8.1 / BL+EL+RPU / SMPTE ST 2086 / HDR10 compatible
This is an x265-encoded Dolby Vision Profile 8.1 MEL as a Cropped MKV release with complete HDR10 fallback and a single merged video stream created with MakeMKV

Sorry if I’m a bit off topic.
I’m loving my AppleTV4k and we’re full Apple ecosystem at home. But I’d like to know if I need to invest in a ShieldPro to get DoVi on my LGCX.
Each time I’m about to download a video (and often it’s a huge file of course), I wonder if it will play the DoVi. And the nfo is not of much help, most of the time, because of this complicated story of Profiles layers.
It’d be nice if someone could sum up the situation regarding the profiles, the containers (mp4, mkv), and the TS files.

Thank you