Topics covered in this article:
- Color grading the HDR master
- Rendering and output
The first step in the Dolby Vision Content Creation process is grading the HDR master. Although this step is very similar to grading SDR content, it is important to pay attention to the much larger dynamic range and wider color gamut and to monitor these aspects of HDR correctly with a calibrated reference display and waveforms/scopes.
HDR Color Grading – Creating the HDR Master Image
Once the color correction systems and other ancillary equipment are set up correctly, color grading the HDR master is similar in many ways to grading in SDR. The larger dynamic range, expanded contrast, and wider color gamut provide a much bigger canvas to tell visually compelling stories unlike ever before, but in essence, the colorist is tasked with creating beautiful images that conform to the creative intent.
HDR Color Grading – Rendering and Output
The output of the HDR Color Grading session is a PQ-encoded HDR master, which cannot be considered a Dolby Vision master since it has no metadata. The HDR master can be rendered out in any file format as requested by the studio/client.
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