HDR Finishing Changes Everything: Deluxe

hdr finishingHDR Finishing Changes Everything: Deluxe

The good news is that you really don’t have to run out and buy a UHD TV just yet, but you will want to buy a TV that can display HDR finishing. HDR, an acronym for High Dynamic Range is a process used in post production that delivers a very drastic, visible difference in image quality. The main reason HDR Finishing is about to become the new standard in post production is because of its ability to reproduce the higher contrast and more colors. While more pixels can bring out more subtleties in an image to someone with a discerning eye, HDR finishing will bring out colors that pop, adding more vibrance. It will also have higher luminance (brightness) and darker blacks. At NAB Show 2016, I had the opportunity to speak with Devin Sterling, VP, Gobal Operations, Long Form Deluxe Creative Artists Group about his company’s interest in HDR, and by his discussion it is clear that it will change the way we look at TV more than just 4k.

Right now, a popular TV display because of its ability to produce darker blacks is the OLED type display. The reason OLED TVs can producer darker blacks is that it operates without a backlight in the way that convention LED TVs do. Because there is no need for a backlight, OLED TVs can be much thinner. Sometimes because of its thinness, the screen is curved, but don’t make that the reason you buy one. In fact, look for a TV with the identifier, “Ultra HD Premium.”  The logo looks like this: HDR Finishing

hdr finishing

The Dolby Professional Reference Monitor PRM-4220 is the most accurate display for creating any type of entertainment content. The first flat panel to outperform the CRT, the Dolby PRM-4220 is the new industry standard.

HD video is based on what is called the Rec. 709 standard. Rec. 2020 is the new standard being adopted, and like the lead guitarist from the make-believe band, Spinal Tap might say, 2020 is better than just 709 because it’s more. That’s all that a producer or an editor really needs to know. This isn’t really a new standard. The cameras we shoot with have been able to capture the data for years. It has taken all this time just to figure out a way to reproduce it on your television at a price we can all afford. But to afford the monitor it takes to create the end result? It might be second mortgage time. You won’t find this on eBay.

— Stu Brown

 

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