Hybrid SDR-HDR production workflows: Conversions to the rescue
Fact: High dynamic range (HDR) technologies offer a superior image quality compared to standard dynamic range (SDR) ones. However content production for this new format has to be rethought, especially in the period of transition from SDR towards HDR, where simultaneous production of both formats is often a necessity.
In this white paper, we explore the advantages that HDR has to offer, taking a look at key formats and challenges in an attempt to define HDR. We then look at workflows for hybrid SDR-HDR production workflows, addressing the advantages and limitations of each, and discuss the role of conversions between SDR and HDR in facilitating this format evolution.
Reading this 20 pages white paper will you give a better understanding of the different possibilities and enable an informed choice on what converter is the one best suited to the content itself.
Thanks a lot to David Brooks from Dolby who took some time to read it and for his constructive comment and support.
Many thanks to Olivier Chiabodo and The Explorers for their wonderful pictures which help illustrate the different formats in a very lively and vivid way.
This white paper is the essential guide to understanding the benefits HDR offers for creating audio-visual experiences whatever it is about immersion or narration, as well as understanding the challenges of today's video production workflows delivering those benefits without compromising the artistic intent or the overall economic equation.