Mark Mulcaster

The state of HDR grading

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As the resident colourist at my facility I've been asked to put together a HDR primer course for people throughout the business, it doesn't need to be massively technical (which is probably why they asked me!).

But what i'd like to offer is a snap shot of current industry trends for grading and finishing HDR.

So if you have 2-3 minutes i'd be really interested in reading your experiences (can be as brief or expanded upon as you have time for.) Thanks!

General questions

Have you graded HDR?

How often?

What type of content are you working on?

Who for? (broadcaster, on demand streaming service etc)

Workflow questions

Are you grading HDR first or SDR first?

Are you using a Dolby Vision workflow?

If you're not using a Dolby Vision workflow are you doing a manual trim or using some automatic tone mapping?

How much time are you given for the creation of your secondary delivery format ie 1 day for a SDR trim pass

Do you grade only in PQ ( even without a dolby vision workflow) or do you work in HLG?

What grading software are you using?

On what platform is the final online being carried out on ie Avid, Premiere Pro, Flame etc?


Many thanks


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