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Old 07-02-2015, 09:38 AM
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That is certainly my hope. I don't expect to get a 4k display any time soon, but I would still dive all in on a UHD player and discs if it can send "downconverted" 1080p but coming from a 100mbit/s hevc encoding it should still look noticeably sharper I would think. And then of course I will be all set with content when I finally do get a uhd display.

Makes me wonder if the higher end uhd players might be able to send a anamorphic 1920x1080 downscale of scope films for use with anamorphic projectors. I know that would be a huge selling point for existing projector users. That would really make it worthwhile to buy a 1080p projector right now as prices for uhd projectors will remain out of my reach for several years.
+2 I guess. This is all I would want out of UHD anytime soon. I don't see a 4k projector in my future for at least a few years. Might end up with a 4k HDTV if my old CRT projection TV dies. It would need to be a big one for it to be worth it though.
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HDR-capable projectors already exist in select commercial cinemas. I believe it's only a matter of time before this trickles down to the consumer level.

Scott posted an article that explains how HDR projection might work. It involves using additional optics to mimic the effect of local dimming. Done properly, this could allow you to get much brighter highlights without sacrificing blacks. However, as with FALD LED/LCD's, the control of the "backlight" is limited in that it doesn't get you down to the individual pixel level. Instead you get a number of "zones".

Yes, there would be more light "wasted" in scenes where small specular highlights appear in a zone which also contains darker content. However, if the majority of the image is dark then there may be less light "wasted" in the other zones where high light output is not needed if the optics do a decent job of focusing the light where it is needed.

While most current projectors don't come anywhere near hitting 800-1000 Nits, some owners may still be able to benefit from the ceiling being raised on light output. Regardless of whether or not your projector can hit the desired light output for highlights, there are still two possible benefits...

1) HDR is supposed to use a minimum bit depth of 10 bits per primary versus the 8 bits per primary used in most SDR content (including Blu-Ray). My understanding is that they have spread those additional 2 bits across the range, improving gradation in the SDR range of light output as well as adding more values to the top end. In fact, I believe the gradations are actually finer at the low end than they are at the high end to better match our visual system's perception of light. The PQ curve is an integral part of this. So long as your projector can accept a native 10-bit signal and the projector/player are able to "speak the same language" then contouring should actually be less of a problem than it is with 8-bit video content.

2) Some projectors may benefit from the wider color gamut used in the grading of the content, even if they can't take advantage of the additional steps in lumenence.
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Our eyes adjust to the ambient light level. I suppose in a bat cave a reasonably bright projector could do HDR just fine. I'm not sure, though, whether it would need a special tone mapping curve. Or maybe we could just "lie" to the 4K Blu-Ray player and tell it our display can do 1000nits, and we'd be fine. I don't know. In a living room arrangement with white walls and ambient light a current technology projector will not be able to HDR, of course.

Those 10bits are spread over the whole luminance range from 0-1000nits, IIRC. However, it's a very different transfer function from simple power gamma. The majority of those 10bits is spent on brightness levels in the SDR range. We should see a healthy improvement in banding, even with 10bit HDR, compared to 8bit Blu-Ray. Of course 12bit would have been even better. <sigh>
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It is interesting because I though of the same senario with the upcoming HDR war. Warner announcing support for Dolby Vision and Fox going with the UHD Alliance started by Samsung. Guess it depends on how high the Dolby licensing fee is, but eventually I think nearly all releases will contain both.
I'm hoping there won't be a HDR war but if there is it sounds like Disney maybe the tie breaker. I would also hope Dobly Vision and UHD standards would be compatible so as long as you have a 4k TV it will work with either one.
I like streaming for various reasons and saw Vudu has a Dolby Vision website with several advertised films but nothing streaming yet. I also see that Amazon has HDR material to stream now. All we need is a Dolby vision TV or material to see if either TV will play nice with both types of content.
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I was under the impression that they were basically all compatible. That SMPTE 2084 was basically just the standardization of Dolby Vision. Guess I'm not really sure what the difference is between SMPTE 2084, Dolby Vision and whatever other options are out there.
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I was under the impression that they were basically all compatible. That SMPTE 2084 was basically just the standardization of Dolby Vision. Guess I'm not really sure what the difference is between SMPTE 2084, Dolby Vision and whatever other options are out there.
The EOTF is the same. Where the different flavors of HDR seem to differ is in the "packaging". Most only use a single 10-bit HDR layer plus metadata. Dolby Vision has the capability to use either one or two layers, which gives it more flexibility. They can use a single 10-bit HDR layer plus metadata. Or, they can use a 10-bit HDR base layer with a second layer that brings the total bit depth up to 12 bits (not sure if this option is available on Ultra HD Blu-Ray). Or, they can use an 8-bit SDR base layer with a second layer that, when combined with the base layer, gives you a 10-bit HDR version. So far, everybody has talked about what the different versions of HDR can do. Unfortunately it is not clear what they actually will do, though.
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PS4 - Will it become an Ultra HD Blu-ray player???????


A new version of the PS4 has recently been released in Japan and in a published hardware teardown it was noted that among the many other hardware changes, the updated PS4 has a new Blu-ray drive and also a new HDMI transmitter chip (from Panasonic). Could this updated version be positioned to provide the hardware support for Ultra HD Blu-ray playback, and only need a firmware update to enable this new capability? Maybe! If that is the case this new version of the PS4 may be included in Sony roll-out of Ultra HD Blu-ray in 4th quarter 2015.


Link: http://www.ps4news.com/playstation-4...-memory-chips/

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I think someone criminal needs to tap into the Sony email machine so we can find out for sure a head of time. Seriously, the requirements for the UHD Bluray drive have been established in the Bluray spec and it would make sense for the new version of the PS4 to be able to play UHD Blurays.
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Does the PS4 have the power to decode H.265 in software?
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Does the PS4 have the power to decode H.265 in software?
What makes you think it would need to decode it in software? Presumably the new version PS4 will have the necessary hardware to decode HEVC.
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Presumably the new version PS4 will have the necessary hardware to decode HEVC.
One would think so, the Sony FMP-X10 has been out about a year and supposedly has a HEVC decoder in it.
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Just curious what makes everyone think the ps4 (or xbone) will be firmware upgradable to support UHD BD? Aren't the discs going to be burned and partitioned differently? I imagine a different kind of laser would be required to read them? Or am I wrong?

I just remember when DVD-R and DVD+R first came out they could not be read by a standard DVD-ROM drive at that time (until later upgraded DVD-ROM drives were released).
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Just curious what makes everyone think the ps4 (or xbone) will be firmware upgradable to support UHD BD? Aren't the discs going to be burned and partitioned differently? I imagine a different kind of laser would be required to read them? Or am I wrong?

I just remember when DVD-R and DVD+R first came out they could not be read by a standard DVD-ROM drive at that time (until later upgraded DVD-ROM drives were released).
I would expect the new upcoming revision of the PS4 will have the ability to play UHD Blu-ray discs, but not the original release.

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Just curious what makes everyone think the ps4 (or xbone) will be firmware upgradable to support UHD BD? Aren't the discs going to be burned and partitioned differently? I imagine a different kind of laser would be required to read them? Or am I wrong?
Actually they are using a normal standardized BD-XL (2-4 layer Blu-ray with up to 33GB per layer) which has been around for a few years now (at least as a standard).
I do have a usb powered BD-burner which supports BD-XL and I recently bought a pack of 100GB discs but didn't try it out yet
-> at €11 (~$12) per disc (cheapest price from a dealer from Japan) I hesitate a little

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I would expect the new upcoming revision of the PS4 will have the ability to play UHD Blu-ray discs, but not the original release.
I agree. The original/current PS4 does not have the necessary hardware to support HDCP 2.2 and probably HDMI 2.0. Also we don't know if the PS4 has enough processing power to decode 4K using HEVC (remember the PS4's CPU/APU is only what would be used in a low to mid-level PC although with a fairly powerful GPU function), and if not possible in implement HEVC decoding in software then hardware HEVC decoding will need to be used. Finally, the current PS4's Blu-ray ROM drive may, or may not, support BDXL for handling the up to 3-layers and 33GB per layer discs being used for Ultra HD Blu-rays.


If an updated PS4 is actually coming that can support Ultra HD Blu-ray playback, then I would think Sony would have some way for consumers to easily identify these new models from the existing models other than just an obscure model number. Perhaps something along the lines of "PS4-UHD".


I expect Sony to have a Ultra HD Blu-ray player(s) at CEDIA Expo in October driving their 4K/UHD projectors and UHD-TV flat panels. Perhaps we will learn if a Ultra HD Blu-ray capable PS4 is also in the works during CEDIA, but the PS4 comes from a different division of Sony and generally they seem to do their own thing when it comes to rolling out a new products or putting out related press announcements.

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Just curious what makes everyone think the ps4 (or xbone) will be firmware upgradable to support UHD BD?
They won't.

There's a saying about "everything in moderation". If only it was applied to well, you know...
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More non news. It'll be up to the manufacturers and studios to let the cat out of the bag as far as product goes. I just hope these first gen players aren't sluggish like the first Blu-ray units 9 years ago. They should be screaming fast.

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So the discs or players can't do HDR and HFR at the same time?

And 3 different HDR formats?
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From what I understand, HDR will actually NOT apply to projectors (only to flat panels) since projectors come no where near having the extra brightness that is called for. (Maybe some of the 'pro's' here will correct me.)
Don't not see how this could be true as every HDR movie to date at the cinema was played on a projector...and movie cinema pjs shoot for 12ftL, my home JVC pushes 20ftL and smokes most cinemas in black levels. HDR doesn't require cornea searing light output if the blacks are, in fact, black. (Most LCD flat panels have comparatively crappy blacks so they have to compensate with huge light output...this is band-aid'ing a poor display technology so it can keep up)
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It would be a rather strange business model to dramatically improve the video capabilities of your game console without trying to use that to market the actual consoles.


Even if it was dependent on future software upgrades, you'd better believe "4K ready" would be plastered all over that box.
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So the discs or players can't do HDR and HFR at the same time?

And 3 different HDR formats?
HDMI may be the bottleneck. However, the BDA is not overly concerned about HFR since so few titles are using it.

There's the baseline SMPTE spec that all discs and players must conform to and then there are the Phillips and Dolby HDR versions. Dolby, at least, has another dual layered approach that may also include increasing the bit depth to 12 using extension metadata.

If a title has HDR, the data has to be SMPTE compliant as do all the UHD TV's with HDR and then the extension files go on top of that data to extend the capabilities if the TV can handle it.

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So the discs or players can't do HDR and HFR at the same time?

And 3 different HDR formats?

Not correct - they can support both HDR and HFR at the same time in UHD resolution. The actual statement in the engadget story said: "..it does not have a standard for using HFR, HDR, 3D and 4K all at once." Since the Ultra HD Blu-ray standard simply does not support 4K/UHD in 3D (i.e., 3D only available in 1080p) then the statement in the engadget story is correct because they included 3D in the mix.


Perhaps the most important news this week was the BDA will begin patent licensing for Ultra HD Blu-ray later this month. I talked about this in a blog that I posted today at:


http://www.projectorreviews.com/home...dia-expo-2015/

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More non news. It'll be up to the manufacturers and studios to let the cat out of the bag as far as product goes. I just hope these first gen players aren't sluggish like the first Blu-ray units 9 years ago. They should be screaming fast.
Why should they be fast?

All first gen computer products are slow and expensive, and BD players are basically computers.
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Why should they be fast?

All first gen computer products are slow and expensive, and BD players are basically computers.
Complex control software and even more complex DRM "features" this time around. You need to be able to deal with this data swiftly or the disc will take a while to load and the response may be slow.

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Oh so the phone home thing is definite?

They need to get rid of Java and any kind of interactivity layer.

Didn't even the studios stop doing those features?
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Oh so the phone home thing is definite?

They need to get rid of Java and any kind of interactivity layer.

Didn't even the studios stop doing those features?
We're going off of leaked documents. However, even if they don't do the most draconian phone home system, the newest form of encryption is far more complex than before. That was one reason why some players were so slow in loading the discs initially.

No word on Java menu software, but it's usually still there for most regular Blu-ray's. That's why many still cannot do resume play, which makes me really irritated.
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Not correct - they can support both HDR and HFR at the same time in UHD resolution. The actual statement in the engadget story said: "..it does not have a standard for using HFR, HDR, 3D and 4K all at once." Since the Ultra HD Blu-ray standard simply does not support 4K/UHD in 3D (i.e., 3D only available in 1080p) then the statement in the engadget story is correct because they included 3D in the mix.


Perhaps the most important news this week was the BDA will begin patent licensing for Ultra HD Blu-ray later this month. I talked about this in a blog that I posted today at:


http://www.projectorreviews.com/home...dia-expo-2015/
Thanks Ron,

I always enjoy looking at your blog and reading your posts. Very informative.

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A big Ditto.
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One possible idea of what Sony has planned for catalog movie titles in UHD for the UHD Blu-ray launch - see this story:


http://www.t3.com/news/sony-looks-to...u-ray-classics
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Coppola's Version of Dracula, A Classic, Really?!

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One possible idea of what Sony has planned for catalog movie titles in UHD for the UHD Blu-ray launch - see this story:


http://www.t3.com/news/sony-looks-to...u-ray-classics
Ron, this article that you were kind enough to refer us to reveals that Sony will use Bram Stoker's Dracula to launch its new "Supreme Series" of 1080p Blu-rays in October. With that being the film chosen to lead off its line-up of supposed classics, I have to wonder just how impressive a collection of films that Sony intends to give this special treatment. When people talk about the great films that Francis Coppola has made, the first 2 Godfathers, as well as Apocalypse Now, are always in the conversation, but I never hear or read film reviewers pointing to Coppola's take on Dracula as being a classic. And I seriously doubt that the people who handled the nominations for The American Film Institute's Greatest 100 Films list spent any time considering BSD, but the 3 previously mentioned Coppola films all made it onto the list.

I will say though, that Sony's choice of giving Bram Stoker's Dracula the deluxe treatment, does seem a lot more sensible than Criterion having devoted some of its limited resources to putting The Blob out on Blu-ray.
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