“HDR-10 requires new signaling mechanisms to support HDR-10 metadata over HDMI,” remarked John Burt, Senior Applications Engineer, who led the HDR-10 development efforts for Quantum Data.
“The speed with which Quantum Data was able to accomplish the HDR solution, especially given the complex signaling requirements of HDR-10, underscores the strength of Quantum Data’s design,” said Spears.
Quantum Data’s VP of Sales and Marketing, Chuck Evans commenting on SpectraCal’s important role in the industry, remarked, “SpectraCal has been leading the way in video calibration software since the company was founded. Their effort in bringing HDR-10 support to the market is just the latest example of their leadership, and Quantum Data is delighted to have partnered with SpectraCal. ”
Support for HDR-10 patterns is available in Version 5.6.1 of SpectraCal’s CalMAN software, the most widely used video calibration software in the world.
“You can use a Quantum Data 780 to send HDR-10 metadata from CalMAN 5.6.1 today,” said Spears.
8 billion mobile devices deliver over half of all premium content revenue via digital downloads and Hollywood is still using the same antiquated color presentation method developed for televisions from nearly a century ago. Why? “With so many different devices, we still don’t adapt content to the screens and conditions it is viewed on. It is no wonder Hollywood and consumers are disappointed with the poor viewing experience on their devices,” says Scott Slater, CEO at Trusight. “Mobile is the new primary market for content today and we are excited to be partnering with SpectraCal to use their color expertise in delivering the HDRxTM content experience on virtually any viewing device to enable the best possible picture at the best price.”
Televisions are primarily kept indoors and protected from direct sunlight while viewing but mobile devices are watched everywhere. SpectraCal, recognized as the world’s leading provider of color calibration for all applications from Hollywood post-production to consumer home theaters, has joined forces with Trusight to implement HDRx with Predictive ColorTM management insuring mobile devices can show movies the way the director intended.
“Trusight’s unique HDRx process is so compact it can be used to deliver quality on virtually any consumer device and deliver a vastly improved consumer experience” stated LA Heberlein, SpectraCal CEO, Using its renowned color science expertise, SpectraCal will insure Trusight’s HDRx solution meets rigorous Hollywood standards while delivering the added user benefits of power savings and improved viewing. Environmental conditions such as direct sunlight or very dark late night viewing (causing eyestrain and poor sleep) can also be mitigated using Trusight.
Trusight is raising the bar for improved movie viewing and bandwidth reduction using its processing technology to deliver better image quality. The company’s innovative technique enhances the performance of power management technology today by delivering the portable battery capability most original equipment manufacturers hope to have perhaps seven years from now.
Trusight’s solution directly benefits consumers with simple-to-use applications that enhance their daily lives in a very obvious and direct ways – delivering more power and so more time with better viewing and greater utility from providers who deliver this benefit.
“Trusight processing is the most lightweight visual content optimizing solution available today. It provides more information with fewer bits, less disruptive power savings and greater clarity and intelligibility for delivery of next-generation content,” said Scott Slater, Trusight’s Founder and CEO.
More information can be found about SpectraCal and Trusight on their respective websites at http://www.spectracal.com and http://www.trusight.com.
Previous versions of CalMAN already fully supported Dolby Vision, the first shipping HDR standard, and SpectraCal has also announced that it is working to add support for the HLG version of HDR proposed by the BBC and NHK.
“We thought HDR-10 support would be a long time coming because of the abstruse signaling requirements to support HDR-10 metadata over HDMI,” said SpectraCal’s Head Color Scientist Stacey Spears.
But, according to Spears, exceptionally rapid and effective collaboration with hardware partners Quantum Data and AstroDesign allowed SpectraCal to implement HDR-10 metadata support more quickly than anticipated.
“You can use a Quantum Data 780 or AstroDesign VG-877 to send HDR-10 metadata from CalMAN 5.6.1 today,” said Spears.
With SpectraCal already providing the SpectraCal C6-HDR HDR-certified colorimeter, the pattern generation support announced in CalMAN 5.6.1 provides the final piece of the puzzle.
“HDR is the most exciting advance in display picture quality since the introduction of HDTV," noted SpectraCal's Founder and CTO Derek Smith.
"But the additional specifications and advanced performance characteristics make it more difficult and time consuming to analyze and calibrate displays,” Smith said.
“There has never been a greater need for objective measurements of display performance,” Smith said.
CalMAN is already widely used in the Industry for tuning systems to a number of standards.
Compatible with nearly every colorimeter and test pattern generator used in the industry, CalMAN allows technicians at all technical levels to quickly and simply analyze displays. With just a click of a button one can rapidly measure nearly limitless data points to benchmark display samples or determine how closely a reference monitor is functioning to industry standards.
With the advanced capabilities of HDR displays comes a need for even more advanced calibration process, and part of that process is utilizing 3D Look-Up Tables, or LUTs. Before CalMAN, tuning these LUTS was a complicated and time-consuming process. CalMAN 5.6 adds the ability to directly communicate and load 3D LUTs--which greatly speeds up the process--to even more outboard processors, software programs and built-in graphics processors in reference monitors than ever before, all without intermediary software.
“3D LUTs are the new standard for reference display calibration,” noted Smith. “3D LUTs are the best way to improve picture quality, and SpectraCal’s CalMAN is the easiest solution to create and load a 3D LUT.”
For more information, see www.spectracal.com
This sample file is a 100% white L20 HDR-10 test pattern. This pattern can be used to check the peak luminance output of the HDR TV as well as to measure the white balance. This is for use on Samsung, Sony, and LG HDR-10 enabled TVs. This is a single test pattern preview of the soon to be released CalMAN HDR-10 UHD test pattern set.
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Particularly because there has been so much woefully wrong information posted in public forums, we thought it would be useful to compile a quick summary of the state of the art of HDR display measurement and calibration at this point in the rapidly moving industry-wide transition to HDR.
One reason for the misinformation is that the people who actually know what is going on are under NonDisclosure Agreements and can't reveal the details. So the people you see shouting in forums are people who, by definition, don't have a clue what is really going on.
Last week in New York City, SpectraCal participated in the unveiling of the first Dolby Vision televisions, the VIZIO Reference Series 65 and Reference Series 120. So now we can talk about Dolby Vision openly, after working closely with the VIZIO and Dolby development teams for most of the past year to make sure that measurement and calibration of Dolby Vision TVs would be successful.
Here’s a quick overview of the current state of the art in HDR measurement and calibration:
3. For Dolby Vision, pattern generators aren't needed. The patterns are built into CalMAN. We've been working very closely with the Dolby engineers for a long time to make sure that CalMAN can accurately create the metadata Dolby Vision requires. That's all included in CalMAN 5.6.
(For HDR-10, the non-Dolby version of HDR, you will need pattern generators. No HDR-10 capable pattern generators are yet available anywhere. Stay tuned for announcements from SpectraCal.)
4. SpectraCal is now shipping the SpectraCal C6-HDR, the first colorimeter certified for HDR.
As we had the chance to observe last week at the rollout in New York, the C6-HDR works great for measuring and calibrating these displays. You'll see appropriate settings in the meter page for maximal accuracy on the VIZIO models. And this reminds us all of the one great advantage of the C6 over every other colorimeter in the world: its field-upgradability. X-rite has given SpectraCal exclusive access to the technology that lets us add display type support without needing to send the meter back to the lab. So when a new display type like the amazing Quantum Dot technology in the RS65 comes along, your C6 can be field upgraded to support it.
SpectraCal has been working very closely under NDA with developers from Dolby and VIZIO for much of the past year to ensure that the first consumer High Dynamic Range TVs would be a success. This week, the VIZIO Reference Series 65 and Reference Series 120 were shown to the press in New York.
Industry analyst Chris Chinnock interviews SpectraCal President L.A. Heberlein on the advent of High Dynamic Range, the monitoring needs of HDR production, and the evaluation of HDR monitors.
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SpectraCal Releases New Solutions for HDR (High Dynamic Range) Display Evaluation,
Including CalMAN Version 5.6 Display Calibration Software and HDR-Certified C6 Colorimeter.
Shoreline, WA and IBC 2015, RAI Amsterdam - High Dynamic Range systems have arrived in the consumer and professional worlds and anyone in the post-production community who needs to calibrate these systems and certify to vendors and clients that their display systems are compliant with this technology will need a whole new process.
Fortunately SpectraCal, the industry leader in advanced display calibration and evaluation solutions, announced the release of their long-awaited HDR-ready CalMAN Version 5.6 software program and HDR-certified C6 Color Meter, providing the industry with the tools that are necessary to keep up with the fast-paced advancements.
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