Grading with Consumer Displays in Mind

Colorist Eric Weidt recounts how David Fincher would have him tailor the grade in order to align with consumer devices. Eric Weidt: Once, he [David Fincher] came into Los Angeles; he would stop by, because his office is right there... he would stop by, pop in. But really, you know, to him, it always looks amazing on... Continue Reading →

Short Takes: Is 1,000 Nits Enough?

Bram Desmet, CEO, Flanders Scientific, responds, “1,000 nits was enough because it's all we could do. The Dolby Pulsar was really the only display out there that people could really get their hands on that could reliably do over 1,000 nits well. The issue being, you couldn't even buy that, it was basically a lease-only... Continue Reading →

Lift, Gamma, Gain 

"It is also worth bearing in mind that the traditional lift, gamma, and gain operators are particularly unsuitable for acting on ST 2084 image data, where 0-1 represent zero to 10 000 cd/m2. Highlights, in particular, can swing uncontrollably into extreme values as a result of small changes. Modern grading systems offer alternate grading operators... Continue Reading →

ΔE ITP for the evaluation of HDR WCG displays

The current metric for evaluating displays, ΔE2000, has been under-predicting perceptual color differences, particularly when used for the evaluation of HDR and WCG displays. Charles Poynton argues that the industry should transition from CIE L* and CIE LAB to ΔE ITP. Poynton writes: A proposal has been made to use CIE LAB to quantify HDR gamut.... Continue Reading →


Polly Morgan, who recounts how she ‘fought tooth and nail’ with Sony to be able to add grain to the excessively clean, digital looking Alexa Mini LF footage, was evidently very proud of herself for being able to collaborate on the Dolby Vision master of the excruciatingly dull Where the Crawdads Sing (Netflix), whose HDR, with highlights... Continue Reading →

Dolby Engineer: Some of our partners are using LG TVs for mastering Dolby Vision

Just the other day, Nate McFarlin, Senior Content Engineer, Dolby Laboratories, NY, wrote: "Dolby doesn't approve specific displays for content creation/grading. We'll always recommend you use the highest quality (reference-grade) display as possible, but we have plenty of clients and partners that use other display options for their work (including LG TVs). Ultimately, it's up to... Continue Reading →

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.

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