Getting Up To Speed on HDR and Dolby Vision

Do you want to learn the fundamentals of High Dynamic Range (HDR): What is it? How is it defined? How is it measured? How can you create HDR images? And how does Dolby Vision fit in with HDR? These Insights also brings together our articles and podcasts around a very specific implementation of HDR: the proprietary Dolby Vision system. In this collection, Mixing Light co-Founder Robbie Carman takes you on his quest in understanding HDR and becoming Dolby Vision certified in 2017. In the Dolby Vision series you learn the very specific approach that Dolby takes - and the gear you need to execute their workflow.

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HDR Essentials: What's HDR?

HDR is the 'next big thing' for color grading.In this Insight, get up to speed with two discussions about HDR with industry experts Bram Desmet & Juan Salvo

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10 Things I've Learned (So Far) About HDR Grading

In this Insight, Robbie explores 10 things he's learned in 3 years of grading HDR and how his recent experiences have informed his view on HDR.

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Getting To Know Dolby Vision Part 1: Terminology, Gear, and Workflow

In part 1 of our series on getting to know Dolby Vision HDR workflow & color correction, you learn the essentials of setting up a professional Dolby Vision mastering suite.

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Getting To Know Dolby Vision Part 2: Delivering To non-HDR Televisions

In part 2 of our Dolby Vision series you learn more about suite setup. Then you dive into using the Dolby Vision trim controls (in DaVinci Resolve) for Standard Dynamic Range TVs. Plus, Dolby Vision 'mezzanine' file creation.


Setting Up HDR in Your Software

Understanding the terms and differing approaches to HDR is important if you're creating HDR content. But different software has different requirements and capabilities. Plus, tools you already understand often work differently in HDR. These Insights explore the specifics of HDR and Dolby Vision content creation based on the software you're using.

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HDR Essentials - Getting Setup In Premire Pro

HDR video is coming, and coming fast.  In this Insight, learn how to get setup and work with HDR video in Premiere Pro's Lumetri Color Panel.  

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HDR Essentials: Getting Setup In DaVinci Resolve

Diving into HDR (high dynamic range) video?  Check out this Insight to learn the essentials of getting setup for HDR in DaVInci Resolve

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HDR Essentials: Reading The Scopes In DaVinci Resolve

The Waveform & RGB Parade are essential tools for color correction. But when working with HDR footage in Resolve reading them can be slightly confusing.  

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Stereo Tools for HDR Workflows in DaVinci Resolve

DaVinci Resolve 12.5 has introduced some new Stereo features... to support HDR workflows for High Dynamic Range color grading. Learn more...


How Do You Monitor HDR and Dolby Vision?

Once you understand HDR and Dolby Vision terminology and content creation workflow... And once you understand how to set up HDR and Dolby Vision in your software... The next question you need to answer: How do I view HDR and Dolby Vision images when I'm color grading? That's a question we've asked ourselves many times - and answered! These Insights cover this topic - which is still, very much in flux.

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The 3000 NIT FSI XM310K: Talking HDR With Bram Desmet

Flanders Scientific is shipping it's highly anticipated XM310K - a 31 inch DCI 4k 3000 NIT HDR mastering monitor with 12G connectivity. I talk to FSI CEO Bram Desmet about HDR & the XM310K.

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From The MailBag Episode 40: Talking About Dolby Vision

In this installment of From The MailBag, Team Mixing Light discusses Dolby Vision. Building on Robbie's recent articles, Patrick & Dan ask Robbie some questions about workflow and his recent trip to Dolby in Burbank, CA.

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Using Reference Monitors & LG's OLEDS Together In The Color Suite

In this podcast, Team Mixing Light discusses using reference monitors & LG's consumer OLED televisions in our color suites.

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From The Mailbag Ep 42: Revisiting Judd Modification For OLEDs

In this installment of From The Mailbag, Team Mixing Light answers a member question about using the Judd Modification for an OLED reference monitor.

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First Look: FSI XM650U UHD Monitor

In this special Insight, Bram Desmet CEO & General Manager stops by Robbie's studio to take a look at the brand new FSI XM650U UHD OLED HDR Monitor. Learn about the essential design of the monitor, its capabilities and how it might help you.

External Resources


UHD: High Dymanic Range and Wide Color Gamut (lightillusion.com)

"The problem with HDR is a general lack of understanding as to what the technical aspects of HDR and WCG really are, and what they actually mean to the end viewed image. This tech page will highlight a number of such issues, and attempt to explain their associated potential benefits and problems."

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DolbyVision Documentation

Official White Papers, Specifications, and Technical Documents

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BBC R&D: HDR and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG)

A BBC unit documenting their research efforts on bringing HLG into every day usage.

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Netflix Partner Guide: Color Grading and HDR

If you want to color correct and deliver HDR to Netflix, then this guide tells you what Netflix requires from you. It even includes contact information for DolbyVision training.

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BBC PDF: Non-linear Opto-Electrical Transfer Functions for HDR TV

A very technical White Paper explaining the need for HDR and how to achieve it while being backwards compatible with existing televsions. (link is a direct PDF download)

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Flanders Scientific XM310K: 3,000 Nit Mastering Display

If you want to see the state-of-the-art in HDR Mastering Displays, then follow this link to read the details (after listening to the podcasts on this page with Flanders Scientific CEO Bram Desmet). Yes. It's expensive!

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