Subtitle brightness settings (SDR/HDR)


It would be awesome if we could adjust the brightness for subtitles - especially for HDR content where the subtitles can be quite bright when viewed in dark room.

Preferrably I would want to use the “gray” subtitle color for HDR/DV videos and “light gray” for SDR, but that might not be doable. (“Gray” in SDR makes them far too dark, while “light gray” is too bright for darker movies in HDR/Dolby Vision in a dark room. “White” makes them brighter than the sun!)

Alternatively, just a brightness slider with 5% or 10% increments so I could manually tweak down the brightness to like 75-80% brightness would be amazing.

Anyway, I’m not sure if any of this is doable, but it would be amazing if you could look into this. Keep up the good work! :slight_smile:


Hey team,

you can (mostly) change subtitles to display as light grey, etc. when loading a video, which will help you save your eyeballs, but only after enough time passes for your vision to return to you first.

Wasn’t able to find a suggestion for this (or solution for this) while searching, but can we implement universal brightness settings across dynamic ranges? So all HDR/DV media will default to a most reasonable subtitle brightness?

As far as I can see I currently need to manually do it each time I watch a different movie.


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Which version of Infuse are you using?

We had change the subtitle color for HDR content awhile back from pure white to a softer white/gray.

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Since it is not possible to change the color or format of PGS subtitles it would be incredible helpful if one could change the brightness of them, being able to dim them. So if the subtitles are white or too bright they look more like gray. Bright subtitles look very bad and distracting in dark scenes.

There is also another problem with subs, in general.

When watching SDR content with normal levels of brightness, gray subtitles, for example, look dim as they should, however using the same subtitle setting in HDR returns way brighter subtitles. There should be a way to change the opacity of both subtitles independently, so both SDR and HDR have different settings.


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Definitely agree with BigDak’s suggestion here. Having an SDR and an HDR brightness would be incredibly helpful as “white” or “light gray” looks great in SDR, but become BLINDINGLY BRIGHT in HDR. Meanwhile, using a darker color (like “gray”) becomes way too dim in SDR.

Being able to set, for example “light gray” as the SDR color and “gray” as the HDR color would be very, very useful.

True that subs get bright in HDR. Especially SRTs in my case. More adjustment options would be helpful.

I’ve went for subtitles in “Light Gray” with the opacity set to “Transparency” and it delivers the best experience according to my taste, in both SDR and HDR (It might take some time to some people to get use to them but I find them easy to read 99% of the time).

However there are still cases where PGS subtitles are the only option and they too bright for my taste. I know they aren’t personalizable like text based ones, but an option to darken would be nice.

I’ve suggested this one before, but it seems nobody really noticed it (or maybe I’m the only one who uses subtitles?)
Anyway, I’d like to suggest it again.

It would be great if we could have separate brightness/color settings for subtitles in SDR and HDR modes.

White/light gray subtitles work great in SDR, but become blindingly bright in HDR (especially in darker movies and shows). Meanwhile, setting them to gray or semi-transparent looks great in HDR, but now they are too dim and hard to read in SDR! Argh! Having to stop the movie to swap back and forth just isn’t very fun.

If I could just have a preset for each mode, I would be so happy :smiley:

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Please do not duplicate suggestions.

+1 for more shades of gray, I often find light gray too bright and gray too dark.

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There were changes to HDR subtitle brightness since this thread was opened (using white is not pure white when playing HDR content) but I suppose there is some room for additional customization here.


Hi James! Thank you for the reply!

I don’t know if it’s possible for the Infuse video player to know if an SDR or HDR video is being played and have two separate colors, but if it does, it would solve a lot of issues to be able to choose different colors between SDR and HDR. For example, in my case I find that setting “light gray” in SDR content and “gray” in HDR content is good.

Alternatively, just lowering the brightness of the lighter colors by a tiny bit (maybe like 15%?) in HDR would also work, or have a user setting to tweak it would be even better. (I don’t know how complicated any of these things would be, I’m just spitballing some suggestions here.)

The “white” color is too bright even in SDR in my opinion, and in HDR and is essentially blinding, especially in darker movies/scenes. (I watch content in a fairly dim room using an OLED, LG C1.)

Thank you for your time :slight_smile:

Hmm, interesting. When I tested the legendary Back to the Future DV yesterday, I noticed that the subtitles wasn’t that bright anymore. Now I know why.

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Just bought Infuse Pro, love it. Would love an option to be able to change (lower) the subtitles luminance (to say 100nits or below) so that it doesn’t affect the dynamic tone-mapping algorithms for outboard video processors on HDR material. Could we see this in a future release? Thank you!


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I would like an option to dim the subtitles, regardless of what the video is SDR or HDR, sometimes the video subtitles are so bright. They take you out of the movie. They need to be dimmer so you can just absorb the information rather than be slapped in the face with it. I guarantee it’s a problem for autistic/ADHD people. The subtitles are too Bright. An option to dim by percentage would be ideal, Maybe even a transparency percentage option as well could help greatly.