Category Archives: Video Processing

CGI, X'Y'Z' to P3, there are so many things going on. Here's the news.

Discover8K.com Launched

It is all in the library, so many groups found out – and when the choices are made, what do you shoot in, what do you post in, what do you archive in, it is clear that the higher resolution the better.

Articles are abounding about the valuable reasons for shooting in 12K now that cameras are being released with that capability [(WE’LL ALL BE WATCHING 12K VERY SOON!*) and (WE’LL ALL BE WATCHING 12K VERY SOON!*)]. 

And now, the 8K Association has a website: Discover8K.com

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Confusing Definitions – Home and Away | Dolby Vision 4 and More

Hollywood SMPTE event on Wednesday, 25 September featured the Transition to Wide Color Gamut and The LA Colorist Meetup had an event on Thursday 26 September that covered the same topic with two panelists describing tools and theories of how to get there…and all the mysteries were uncovered. They weren’t solved, of course, but uncovered nonetheless. 

 And if the cinema exhibition side of the business thinks there is technology confusion in their field, they haven’t looked into the consumer side well enough. The technology and rollout is rife with confusing nomenclature and mismatches, just as it was 4 years ago when their version of ‘better bits’ started getting shown. And, the panelist pointed out, there is more to come in Post, Exhibition and the various delivery vehicles of Consumer.

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Confusing Definitions – Home and Away | Dolby Vision 4 and More

Hollywood SMPTE event on Wednesday, 25 September featured the Transition to Wide Color Gamut and The LA Colorist Meetup had an event on Thursday 26 September that covered the same topic with two panelists describing tools and theories of how to get there…and all the mysteries were uncovered. They weren’t solved, of course, but uncovered nonetheless. 

 And if the cinema exhibition side of the business thinks there is technology confusion in their field, they haven’t looked into the consumer side well enough. The technology and rollout is rife with confusing nomenclature and mismatches, just as it was 4 years ago when their version of ‘better bits’ started getting shown. And, the panelist pointed out, there is more to come in Post, Exhibition and the various delivery vehicles of Consumer.

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Confusing Definitions – Home and Away | Dolby Vision 4 and More

Hollywood SMPTE event on Wednesday, 25 September featured the Transition to Wide Color Gamut and The LA Colorist Meetup had an event on Thursday 26 September that covered the same topic with two panelists describing tools and theories of how to get there…and all the mysteries were uncovered. They weren’t solved, of course, but uncovered nonetheless. 

 And if the cinema exhibition side of the business thinks there is technology confusion in their field, they haven’t looked into the consumer side well enough. The technology and rollout is rife with confusing nomenclature and mismatches, just as it was 4 years ago when their version of ‘better bits’ started getting shown. And, the panelist pointed out, there is more to come in Post, Exhibition and the various delivery vehicles of Consumer.

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DCI – New HDR and Direct View Display Docs

DCI has released two new documents for industry review, one dealing with emissive technology (describing them as ‘often LED pixels’, but leaving the door open for anything) and the other which deals with HDR – High Dynamic Range – displays in post-production and exhibition theaters “so that consistent and repeatable color quality can be achieved.”

Both documents include a paragraph that begins: “This document is not a DCI Specification” plus a statement that invites review and comment and an email to send comments to, which other recent versions of these documents have done as well.

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DCI – New HDR and Direct View Display Docs

DCI has released two new documents for industry review, one dealing with emissive technology (describing them as ‘often LED pixels’, but leaving the door open for anything) and the other which deals with HDR – High Dynamic Range – displays in post-production and exhibition theaters “so that consistent and repeatable color quality can be achieved.”

Both documents include a paragraph that begins: “This document is not a DCI Specification” plus a statement that invites review and comment and an email to send comments to, which other recent versions of these documents have done as well.

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Light Illusion IBC Show Specials | Probes and Software

We are delighted to announce that in partnership with some of our hardware manufacturers we are able to offer a range of ‘IBC Show special discounts’ to celebrate the fact that Light Illusion has ceased attending any and all shows, as the viability they used to offer no longer applies in today’s world.

The discounts will be available throughout the duration of the IBC Show, and are limited to a set number of units as defined below.
When the limited number of units has been sold, the offer for that item is over.
(For all, other than the Jeti probes, this means the offers expire at the end of play on the 19th September)

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Light Illusion IBC Show Specials | Probes and Software

We are delighted to announce that in partnership with some of our hardware manufacturers we are able to offer a range of ‘IBC Show special discounts’ to celebrate the fact that Light Illusion has ceased attending any and all shows, as the viability they used to offer no longer applies in today’s world.

The discounts will be available throughout the duration of the IBC Show, and are limited to a set number of units as defined below.
When the limited number of units has been sold, the offer for that item is over.
(For all, other than the Jeti probes, this means the offers expire at the end of play on the 19th September)

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DCP Tools: Windows for Virtual Developers

Most everyone will want to have a Unix virtual machine on their Mac, but if there is a need for Windows inside your VirtualBox (or other VM), Microsoft offers a version of Windows so we don’t have to spend $159.99 for a legal copy just, as their website says, “support the Windows 10 media creation tool.” I’m guessing that they mean testing websites using Microsoft Edge. 

Download Windows 10 Disc Image (ISO File) – Note: the download is free, but the product key is not.

Here is a nice write up of the process of the entire virtual event. How to Run Microsoft Edge Web Browser in Mac OS X

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Validating a DCP

DCPs are in transition again. Without getting into the Whys and Wherefores, suffice to say that the end goal is a package that can automate more features more reliably for a broad range of users and machines. …even users who are just glad to have made it over the finishline, and who are making their first package with free software and who have only tested the DCP on …well, can’t test it until we gets us to the festival tomorrow morning….in a few hours.

There are hundreds of stories now of DCPs that get to a festival which will get QC’d on one set of equipment – Phew! Working – and then be found unable to play on another type of media player. Or, will not play on the same type of player because – it seems – it has different software/firmware. Or will play on the same type of player, even with a different software version, but on a projector with different firmware. Ah, the vagaries of digital. The potential variations are endless, even when there is a stable standard for equipment manufacturers to interpret and comply with. A professional DCP creation house will have several media servers and projectors to test a DCP on, but the less expensive solutions/situations are lucky if they have a friend who can play the DCP at the cinema two villages over.

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