TCL Launches 5,000-Nit QD-MiniLED TV In China

The TCL X11G Smart TV is sold exclusively in China and is available in 75-in ($2,905), 85-in ($4,067) and 98-in ($6,537) sizes. The 4K television boasts 5,184 zones, a whopping 5,000 nits of HDR goodness and supports Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+ and HLG. No word yet whether it will be available in other countries.

Ambient Light: Impact On Dynamic Range

It’s been a while since the bad old days when we used to binge-watch Netflix shows till the early morning hours, first on an LG C7, then on an LG CX, but we began re-watching the gritty French crime series Ganglands last night in order to see whether we couldn’t formulate a more coherent argument as to... Continue Reading →

Sony Engineer: External Metadata Not Necessary To Preserve Creative Intent

Toshiyuki Gura, Chief Distinguished Engineer, Sony, declared at the 2018 IEEE Broadcast Symposium that external metadata isn’t necessary to preserve creative intent. Which isn’t all that surprising, given that SMPTE defines HDR10 metadata, but not what televisions should do with it. Other manufacturers also ignore static metadata, applying instead their own tone mapping on... Continue Reading →

MiniLED vs OLED!

The Liquid Retina XDR miniLED display of the MacBook Pro (2021) has greater brightness and something like double the color volume of the LG CX, making it possible to see details in highlights and color differences that are indiscernible on the OLED display. On the other hand, the larger size of the TV makes it... Continue Reading →

DaVinci Resolve HDR Palette

Can't say how much we appreciate the HDR Palette and customizable zones in DaVinci Resolve. In the screenshot, we targeted the tiny bit of light outdoors. You've still got to watch the waveform monitor when making adjustments though, since even when it looks like an area has been isolated in the viewer, the actual coverage... Continue Reading →

HDR: Does Pupil Variability Cause Excruciating Agony?

Pupillometry of HDR Video Viewing. Scott Daly, Evan Gittermana, and Grant Mulliken. Dolby Laboratories, Inc., San Francisco, CA, USA Apple, Cupertino, CA, USA An excellent study by researchers from Apple and Dolby Laboratories investigates a common assumption that increased pupil variability causes discomfort while consuming HDR content. SDR version of the short film ‘Telescope’... Continue Reading →

Why Netflix Shows Are Graded To 600 Nits

Reference white has been standardized as 203 nits and while that may work out well for live broadcast, for the purposes of dramatic narrative work, it leaves less headroom for specular highlights and emissive light sources. Placing diffuse white at around 140 nits allows room to increase that figure in individual scenes for powerful expressive... Continue Reading →

Chasing middle gray

“We’re no longer exposing for middle gray and letting the rest “roll off.” […] Through all of these techniques, it’s important to recognize that our old friend and exposure aid, middle (18%) gray, will be of limited usefulness, as middle gray will shift with the audience’s adaptation to brightness changes. It may be possible for... Continue Reading →

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