What is HDR Display | Why Should You Care?

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What is HDR Display

Introduction

Do you want to buy a new TV, phone, camera or some other kind of device?  Then you can choose an HDR display. Because HDR content on an HDR display will be more vibrant than other content. But you are not familiar with this display specification. You have come across a new word in the display specification & that is HDR.

Because of this new feature of the display specification, you are tense & don’t know what to do. Then this article is for you. It will remove all your fears. It will give you a clear concept regarding HDR display. So, without further delay let’s go through the article.

What is HDR

HDR is a picture-enhancing technology. Here HDR represents High Dynamic Range. HDR improves a TV’s dynamic range. Here Dynamic range is a kind of range that starts from the purest dark to the purest white. the color can be reproduced on a screen. It enhances a display’s clarity. It increases the quality of the pixels.

it enables a monitor to show the purest color than dull, greyish color. An HDR display can show more realistic & detailed pictures or than previous standard videos. IT enables a monitor to show a wider spectrum of colors and contrasts. The common formats of it use Rec. 2100( ITU-R Recommendation BT.2100, )

color primaries that mean a wide color gamut  An HDR display can go through the information and show an image built from a wider color gamut and brightness.

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Formats of HDR Display:

You will notice different kinds of HDR formats while buying an HDR-supported display. Some of the different formats are:

HDR10

 It was developed by the Consumer Technology Association in 2015. It includes static metadata. That means it is pre-decided what will be the picture quality of a video or movie according to the frame. The color reproducing capability of HDR is 10 bit.  It is free of cost. That means any company can use it on their display without any cost. then the degree of brightness, contrast color depth. There is no control of the user over it. The peak brightness of it is 1K to 4K. Almost every Platform supports it

HDR10+

 It was developed by Samsung in 2014 on premium tv. It includes dynamic metadata. The brightness, color depth & contrast change according to each frame of a video or movie. The color reproducing capability of HDR is 10 bit. The peak brightness of it is 1K to 4K. Netflix, Vudu, and Apple TV 4k aren’t supported. It is free for the content company. But the manufacturer needs a yearly license for it.

Dolby Vision

It was developed by Dolby in 2004. It includes dynamic metadata. That means the brightness, color depth & contrast change according to each frame of a video or movie. The color reproducing capability of HDR is 10 bit. The pick brightness of it is 4000 nits. Almost Every Platform with exception of the NVIDIA Shield supports it. Dolby Vision  is a proprietary solution from Dolby Laboratories

HLG

The full form of HLG is Hybrid log–gamma. It was developed by NHK & BBC  in 2015. You don’t have to pay for this display specification. The color reproducing capability of HDR is 10 bit. The peak brightness of it is 1K nits. There are only some BBC contents that support HLG.

Conclusion:

Now the decision is yours. If you want a display with static metadata then you can go for HDR 10. But if you want a display with dynamic metadata then you can go for HDR 10+, Dolby Vision. Again, if you want HDR as a display specification for free then you can have HDR 10+, HDR 10. But If you want an HDR display specification for the manufacturer, then you need a yearly license. In that case, you have to choose Dolby Vision.

 Besides, if you want a display specification with 1000 nits brightness, then HLG is for you. Again if you want a display specification with 1K to 4K then you have to choose between HDR 10 and HDR 10+.On the other hand, for a display specification of 4000 nits, Dolby vision can be a good choice.

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Kelly Smith is a Senior Editor at Provaat. She has a special affinity for gaming peripherals, laptops and virtual reality. Before, Kelly covered technology terms, including hardware, software, cyber security and other IT happenings on our community.

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