With the setting on your camera, you can now flag your footage as HDR, and if you plug in said camera to a 4K TV with HLG HDR support, it will immediately play it back with the appropriate contrast and tones, including the brighter highlights and increased contrast that make HDR so appealing. This ability is also what makes this an “instant” HDR workflow.
The primary changes for HEVC include the expansion of the pattern comparison and difference-coding areas from 16×16 pixel [in AVC aka H.264 typically used for HD content] to sizes up to 64×64, improved variable-block-size segmentation, improved "intra" prediction within the same picture, improved motion vector prediction and motion region merging, improved motion compensation filtering, and an additional filtering step called sample-adaptive offset filtering. Effective use of these improvements requires much more signal processing capability for compressing the video, but has less impact on the amount of computation needed for decompression.
Version 3 (Haswell) The Haswell microarchitecture implementation is focused on quality, with speed about the same as before (for any given clip length vs. encoding length).
This generation of Quick Sync supports the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, VC-1 and H.262/MPEG-2 Part 2 video standards.
Version 4 (Broadwell) The Broadwell microarchitecture adds VP8 hardware decoding support. Also, it has two independent bit stream decoder (BSD) rings to process video commands on GT3 GPUs; this allows one BSD ring to process decoding and the other BSD ring to process encoding at the same time.
Version 5 (Skylake) The Skylake microarchitecture adds a full fixed-function H.265/HEVC main/8-bit encoding and decoding acceleration, hybrid and partial HEVC main10/10-bit decoding acceleration, JPEG encoding acceleration for resolutions up to 16,000×16,000 pixels, and partial VP9 encoding and decoding acceleration.
Version 6 (Kaby Lake, Coffee Lake, Whiskey Lake) The Kaby Lake & Coffee Lake microarchitecture adds full fixed-function H.265/HEVC Main10/10-bit encoding and decoding acceleration & full fixed-function VP9 8-bit & 10-bit decoding acceleration & 8-bit encoding acceleration.
Version 7 (Ice Lake) The Ice Lake (microarchitecture) adds VP9 8/10-bit, HDR10 Tone Mapping and Open Source Media Shaders
Hardware acceleration for NVIDIA graphics cards and Intel Skylake processors
As our initial step, we’ve implemented two different types of hardware acceleration when rendering to the MAGIX AVC/AAC MP4 format. First, those of you with modern NVIDIA graphics cards – specifically GeForce 600 series onward (6xx, 7xx, 9xx, 10xx) and Quadro Kxxx, Mxxx and Pxxx – can now take advantage of acceleration through NVENC technology. Second, users with computers equipped with later versions of Intel Quick Sync Video (QSV) – specifically, Intel Skylake or newer processors for 8-bit AVC encoding – will also see speed improvements. And these are results you can directly compare to previous render times. Not just small improvements either. In our tests, we’ve seen rendering speeds up to two times as fast with both technologies. That’s half the time spent rendering those videos for YouTube and anywhere else you need to deliver an MP4!
On May 12, 2015, the Blu-ray Disc Association revealed completed specifications and the official Ultra HD Blu-ray logo. Unlike conventional DVDs and Blu-rays, the new 4K format does not have region coding.
On March 1, 2016, the BDA released Ultra HD Blu-ray with mandatory support for HDR10 Media Profile video and optional support for Dolby Vision.
As of January 23, 2018, the BDA spec v3.2 also includes optional support for HDR10+ and Philips/Technicolor’s SL-HDR2.
** Burning a UHD blu-ray ***
Starting with the last comment, burning a UHD blu-ray has proven particularly difficult, and for me, impossible. There are virtually no consumer products that can burn a UHD 4K blu-ray, and those two (non-commercial) that claim to, don't work. So it is very safe to say that the video industry is making it extremely difficult to burn your own UHD blu-rays, and the products th+at do (e.g. by Avid) are professional grade, cost tens of thousands of dollars, and you have be part of the industry to get them.
Well, what this says is that my CPU supports H.264/AVC (typically used for HD) but not H.265/HEVC (typically used for UHD).
2) Edius Pro for hardware rendering only (2X the length of the movie), HLG + BT.2020 support, full editing capabilities, but H.264 compression only (no H.265 support by my CPU) if I care to generate HEVC content, XAVC-S + HLG in and out... not a bad option for $450
Up next, DaVinci Resolve
One of the reasons I picked the Sony FDR-AX700 camcorder was not only HLG, but the fact it can record at the wider color space that goes by "BT.2020" (over the more typical and narrower Rec.709). Edius can process both HLG and BT.2020, and import and export Sony XAVC-S formats.
I have to agree that smooth is the best setting for motion on the AF8Sony Sony XBR65A8F calibration settings
So I had the A8F ISF-calibrated, and although the resulting graphs look very close to ideal, the picture is nowhere near as good and natural as my own calibration using the naked eye and some basic video knowledge. So I inherited some of the final pro color calibrations into mine, and here are the settings, for anyone who cares, and most apply to all inputs but there are variations:
Picture mode: Custom
Auto picture mode: Off
Contrast: 80 (cable), 85 (all others)
Gamma: 0 or -1
Color: 43 (cable), 48 (all others)
Black level: 50
Black adjust: Low
Adv. contrast enhancer: Off
Peak luminance: Medium
Color temp: Warm
G-bias: -4 (human eyes are most sensitive to green)
Color gamma adjustment points 10 thru 1 [R,G,B offsets]: 10[0,-3,0], 9[0,0,0], 8[0,0,0], 7[0,0,0], 6[4,1,0], 5[0,-1,0], 4[0,-2,0], 3[0,-1,0], 2[-4,0,0], 1[-20,0,0]
Live color: Off
Sharpness: 45 (cable), 50 (all others)
Reality Creation: Manual, Resolution 30
Random noise reduction: Low
Digital noise reduction: low
Smooth gradation: Low
MotionFlow: Smooth, Smoothness: 3, Clearness: Low
CineMotion: Low (higher settings can produce visible interpolation pixelation with fast-moving scenes; the A9F with the faster processor should be able to do better here)
Light sensor: Off
All other defaults
Good calibration content is Casino Royale and 4K youtube walk-around videos, like those by GlobeTrotterAlpha and Nature Relaxation Films - it's really great to see the world through the eyes of these great videographers.
Finally, OLED outperforms the already excellent Kuro plasma by a considerable margin in everything.
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