Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1129 (21:03)

Scott Wilkinson

Scott was at the SMPTE Tech Conference this week and saw the new high dynamic range video displays. HDR video is the latest hot thing, and it creates some incredible high dynamic range of the image. Leo says our brains do HDR really well, but it's a challenge in video. Scott says that high dynamic range cameras are going to be needed and the latest generations of digital cinema cameras have over 14 stops of dynamic range. So they can do it. It requires 12 bit color, but the current video systems are only 8 bit. Leo also says that's more than the human eye can see, and Scott says that TVs can only see about 5 stops. So it really doesn't matter in the home. Dolby Vision can do it. Leo says that TVs with 2000 or 4000 nits is too bright. Scott says it's used mostly for specular highlights.

Leo says that hyper real images can be off-putting in movies. Great for documentaries, but as we learned from The Hobbit, hyper realism just isn't good for movies. And James Cameron is rumored to be shooting Avatar 2/3 at 120fps.