If you leave the house, walk around and point your camera anywhere, it's all but impossible not to encounter luminance values measuring in the hundreds or even thousands of nits. But turn on the TV and watch a Dolby Vision program on Netflix and 99% of the time, it seems like there aren't any luminance... Continue Reading →
HDR: How Much Dynamic Range Should The Camera Have?
“Although there is no official standard regarding the dynamic range definition of HDR, it is generally recognized that a lower threshold for HDR is 13 stops or 8000:1, advancing via 14 stops or 16,000:1 to the current de facto ‘standard’ of 15 stops or 32,000:1. Most of the latest generation of digital motion picture cameras... Continue Reading →
Affordable MicroLED TVs A Decade Away
Analyst Bob O’Brien, assessing his predictions for the display industry for 2021, admits he greatly miscalculated MicroLED TV shipments for the year, writing, “We were wrong in predicting that the lowest priced MicroLED models would be offered at less than $100,000 in 2021, and even with a very low unit forecast, we overestimated TV shipments... Continue Reading →
16″ M1 Max MacBook Pro: How Much RAM for Mastering HDR?
Several YouTubers have said that in 99% of cases, they saw no advantage to spending the extra money to upgrade from 32GB to 64GB RAM for the 16" M1 Max MacBook Pro. Our findings may surprise you. We'll begin with Final Cut Pro and Apple Compressor. Timeline in Final Cut Pro. Two ProRes 4444 4K... Continue Reading →
ProRes RAW HQ vs. ProRes 4444
With the new M1 Macs, transcoding to ProRes 4444 from ProRes RAW is blazing fast in Compressor and it's visually lossless to boot. https://youtu.be/wVZm9fmp4Kw
Tip of the Day
Forget about proper video levels, color gamuts and bit depth and consider the lowly hot shoe cover protector cap for a moment. Here's how we keep from losing that little bugger when attaching the Rode Wireless GO!
Misleading Advert From Asus
This deceptively titled advert featuring Asus spokesperson Darren Mostyn might lead the viewer to expect to witness some dazzling HDR grading in DaVinci Resolve by an experienced colorist, but we see nothing of the sort. Not only that, but they couldn't even be bothered to shoot the ad in HDR. Watching this video reminds us... Continue Reading →
Picked Up the New Laptop!
One week ago, not a single shop had any 16" M1 Max MacBook Pros in stock and we were told that it would take anywhere from eight to ten weeks to get one; but by some miracle it arrived in just seven days. Using Migration Assistant, Time Machine and a slow portable hard drive, transferring... Continue Reading →
Disagreements About What Qualifies as a mini-LED
Paul Gagnon, Senior Research Director for Consumer Devices at Omdia, spoke with Brian Berkeley, host of The Display Show, about what exactly constitutes mini-LED. PG: "I would say there's some friendly disagreement in the industry about exactly what qualifies as a quote unquote mini-LED set. There is no standardization of this terminology: is it the... Continue Reading →
Why HDR Shows Are Too Dark, Part II
One year ago, almost to the day, we published a video entitled Why Are HDR Shows So Dark?, which turned out to be one of our most successful rants on YouTube. We've since identified no fewer than a half dozen different contributing factors, including: most shows continue to be lit in an SDR environment using... Continue Reading →
Dehancer Pro: Reconciling Color Contrast And Tonal Contrast
Of the countless unique characteristics of traditional film, color contrast must surely rank as among the most distinctive. We're talking here not about the orange/teal blockbuster look, but blue in the shadows and red tones in the mids and highlights. The Prokudin-Gorsky 1906 profile is just one of many in Dehancer Pro that displays this... Continue Reading →
YouTube Adds Reuse Details Feature
A feature that enables using details from previously uploaded videos has just been added to YouTube, promising to save many of us a lot of time and aggravation. When uploading a video, a message that reads 'reuse details' will appear in the upper right corner. You'll then be prompted to select one of your previously... Continue Reading →