Originally Posted by mhafner
You can go directly from DI data or any intermediate formats if you have the tools.
Absolutely, yes you can. As a one off or special 12bit release. But I am referring to the mass production on the pre-authoring side side. You still need standard DVDs, Airline versions, Cable TC versions, OTA broadcast versions, and then there's all the foreign versions. In order to do all that in a profitable manner, you need a fast and efficient workflow. Today that is HD video. Once you step out of that standard, the tools are few and not efficient at all. Read expensive to do business with.
My point is still what I said years ago when Deep Color first appeared. It is not enough of a draw for the cost required to manufacture the masters. It's not the stamping cost as that is in fact the same. It's all the mastering costs, even if the DCI master is 12bit or more.
Now perhaps these new niche 4K formats may support it. But you aren't going to see 12bit BluRays at Wall Mart for a long time.
Hollywood is not different than Detroit in this example. Can you build a car in small town machine shop? Of course! Now can you build thousands a month for $20,000 MSRP? Not a chance!