Forthcoming 4K Blu-ray UHDTV standards
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I’ve been reading up quite a bit on the subject of the forthcoming 4K Blu-ray and UHDTV standards and wondered what everyone thinks may happen in this respect. Joe Kane thinks we should shoot for the stars and go for Rec2020 4:4:4 and 16 bit at 60 fps, but says he’d settle for DCI 4:4:4 12 bit at 60 fps. Clearly HDMI 2.0 couldn’t support Joe Kane’s ideal and how many, if any, projectors or TVs could reach even DCI right now (the Sony VW1000/1100 can AFAIK but not much else)? Sony are about to bring their 4k VW600ES/500ES to market with HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 but without even that DCI capability. They seem to be pushing instead for xvYCC. Do they know something we don’t? Is there the chance that there will be different standards for Blu-ray and UHDTV as the ITU are pushing for Rec2020? Will the prosaic realities of present technology and the need to do something now to push up sales result, say, in a new standard of xvYCC 10 bit at 4:2:2? If so what will this mean for us as calibrators? AFAIK xvYCC isn’t a defined colour space at all. I have clients who ask me about all this stuff so it would be good to have some chat and gauge the way ahead. Gregg, Michael, do you have any thoughts as to where things are likely heading? Any insider knowledge? 🙂 Personally speaking I have the VW500ES on order. I just hope it’s not already made obsolete by any announcement the BDA might make on this matter at CES!
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