4:4:4 Color Setting

"Prefer 4:4:4 color" is a setting available for Teams and Warp customers that improves the color volume (chroma subsampling) of the stream. It is helpful in situations where color clarity is important, like graphic design, video/photo editing, animation and colored text rendering.

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The default Parsec stream is in 4:2:0, which is the standard for video encoding. It reduces the amount of chroma (color) information while keeping luma (brightness) intact, in order to reduce the amount of data used. 4:4:4 on the other hand keeps the chroma information intact. You can learn more about chroma subsampling here.

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Host requirements

Parsec requires an NVIDIA or Intel GPU with hardware encoding support for 4:4:4 at H.265. The host must be a Windows machine.

  • NVIDIA: GTX 1000 (Pascal), GTX 1600 / RTX 2000 (Turing), or RTX 3000 (Ampere) consumer graphics cards, and their respective Quadro workstation cards
  • Intel: Integrated graphics from 11th gen Intel (Tiger Lake) or newer. On 10th gen, specifically Ice Lake versions can work, but not Comet Lake

 

Guest requirements

The person joining just needs a Windows/Mac/Linux machine. If the guest has an NVIDIA or Intel GPU with hardware decoding support for 4:4:4 at H.265, Parsec will decode using hardware.

  • NVIDIA: GTX 1600 / RTX 2000 (Turing), or RTX 3000 (Ampere) consumer graphics cards, and their respective Quadro workstation cards
  • Intel: Integrated graphics from 11th gen Intel (Tiger Lake) or newer. On 10th gen, specifically Ice Lake versions can work, but not Comet Lake

If the guest doesn't have the hardware listed above, it will use software decoding (CPU), which is slower and significantly more performance hungry than the regular Parsec stream (4:2:0). This means performance or battery life on the guest may be lesser when using this feature.

 

How to use

To turn on this feature, toggle on "Prefer 4:4:4 Color" in the client overlay. You can check what color mode is being used next to the latencies in the overlay. If you're using Parsec Warp, keep in mind that the person joining the host needs to be the one with Parsec Warp, for the option to appear.

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