Amazon Video now streaming Dolby Vision HDR and HDR 10

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Jul 032016
 

Amazon announced on Monday that it is now offering its HDR content in two different standards, Dolby Vision HDR and HDR 10. Prior to today, Amazon had only offered customers HDR 10 content, and the addition of Dolby Vision HDR means that more customers will be able to take advantage of the service on boxes and TVs that otherwise didn’t support HDR 10. As a reminder, Sony, Samsung and LG have used HDR 10 while LG has also chosen to use Dolby Vision HDR on some of its other TVs.

The selection isn’t as large just yet, but there’s some compelling content available including Pineapple ExpressElysium, Fury, Hancock, After Earth, The Amazing Spiderman 2 and Amazon’s original series Bosch. The movies are available for purchase or rent, while Bosch is available for free to Prime members who want to get a taste of what Dolby Vision HDR offers.

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Jan 172016
 

At CES manufacturers have shown quite a few television sets that incorporate Dolby Vision. Everyone is familiar with Dolby Sound, but Dolby Vision is something you may not have heard about before. Dolby Vision is a standard for what’s often referred to as HDR (high dynamic range).

Dolby Vision launched theatrically in the spring of 2015 with titles including Disney’s Tomorrowland and Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out. Recently, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was also shown in Dolby Vision, the new high-dynamic-range (HDR) format. The Revenant, shot on the Alexa 65 has also been released in Dolby Vision is select theatres. Currently in the U.S. there are nine Dolby Cinemas and in Europe there are just 4. That same technology is also being moved from the cinema into your lounge room.

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Jul 312015
 

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High dynamic range (HDR) is the next big thing in both movies and TVs. We’ve seen 4K in the cinema and ultra HD arrive in our homes, with more and more content for both appearing. Now Technicolor is getting behind the tech, and is offering a way to both back-render standard range (SDR) content as well as stream full HDR video.

HDR is the visually rich step up from UHD fidelity which the move from 1080p to 4K simply hasn’t been.

Essentially, HDR is designed to give far more depth to an image, offering more range to colours and more detail to shadows. Imagine a ray of sunlight in a variety of orange and yellow hues rather than just straight white light.

It makes things pop.

I recently checked out Dolby Vision, that company’s proprietary HDR tech, at a screening of Pixar’s Inside Out and it was stunning. Having seen an SDR version of the movie now, and how flat the iridescent colours look by comparison, I’m sold.

Technicolor, though, is claiming its HDR tech is both open and able to be applied to SDR content for a high dynamic range upscale. It’s also planned to be one of the HDR options available to the upcoming Ultra HD Blu-ray specification.

That alone will massively boost the amount of HDR content available.

The upscaling gives content providers real-time access to the colour information in a video, allowing for direct control over both the highlights, lowlights and mid-tones. As well as being able to apply this to existing content there’s speculation that it could work for live events, such as sport, too.

Quite how the upscaling will compare with full HDR content, only time will tell.

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Jul 292015
 

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Dolby Cinema includes the Dolby Vision high dynamic range format and Dolby Atmos sound.

Mission: Impossible—Rogue Nation will be the first Paramount release that will have a version made specifically for Dolby Cinema, a premium large-format theater experience that includes Dolby’s newfangled Dolby Vision high dynamic range format as well as Dolby Atmos immersive sound.

This version can be seen in theaters that are playing the film and are equipped to handle the format. Dolby Cinema or Dolby Vision projection is currently installed at roughly 10 cinema auditoriums worldwide, plus early Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime locations (roughly 100 Prime locations are expected to be converted by 2024).

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Jul 202015
 

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We’ve just checked out Dolby’s newest high-tech cinema in Hilversum, Holland. It’s only the second in Europe and the first to launch with the brand new twin Christie laser projectors necessary for Dolby Vision.

And the most impressive thing about it all was an empty screen.

That might sound utterly dismissive, but it’s genuinely not. The Vision demo I was treated to was seriously one of the most impressive things I’ve seen on a technological level in a cinema. It’s all about those advanced Dolby Vision projectors rocking the latest laser tech mixing wider colour gamut and high dynamic range (HDR).

These new projectors can create contrast levels far in excess of the current generation of digital projectors.

Where even the most advanced projectors are hitting contrast ratios of around 8000:1, and most standard ones around 2000:1, the Dolby Vision beamers are batting above 1,000,000:1. Count those zeros…

And that means real, deep, inky blacks.

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Sep 032014
 

“Dolby Vision is a new technology for Dolby, marking the first time it has ventured into an area outside of audio. It aims to hugely increase the ‘dynamic range’ of TVs, allowing TVs to show a greater difference between the darkest and brightest parts of a scene.”

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Aug 182014
 

“A new laser projector from Barco and the Dolby Vision high-dynamic range system are among the nominees for the International 3D & Advanced Imaging Society’s fifth annual Technology & New Product Awards, scheduled to be handed out Sept. 24 at Paramount.

Nominees also include a trifocal camera (pictured), that was jointly developed by Disney, camera maker Arri and the Fraunhofer research institute; a hybrid stereo pipeline developed by Prime Focus; and the 4DX motion seats that were recently installed in the new 4D theater at L.A. Live.”

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Jan 082014
 

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CES: Technicolor Taking on Dolby Vision With High Dynamic Range Imaging System

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“LAS VEGAS — Technicolor is presenting a high dynamic range (HDR) imaging technology demonstration with an eye toward improving the consumer viewing experience – effectively taking on Dolby’s newly announced Dolby Vision, which is another development aimed at offering higher dynamic range to create better pictures, whether for HD or 4K content.” – The Hollywood Reporter

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