While Ultra HD TVs are entering the market at a gallop, native UHD content for those TVs is lagging far behind, with many technical issues still to be finalized. So for the most part, early adopters of the new displays will be watching upscaled 1080p, which means the video processor in the TV, Blu-ray player, cable and satellite receiver, streaming box, AV receiver, or preamp/processor had better do a bang-up job.
Technicolor announced this week that it has developed a certification program to assure high-quality 4K upscaling. The program includes over 100 tests of image quality, including motion video, still images, and text using a wide variety of reference test patterns and evaluation by Technicolor's team of "golden eyes." Objective measurements include spatial bandwidth (blur and aliasing), geometry (cropping and spatial shift, aspect ratio mismatch), temporal judder and de-interlacing artifacts, grayscale clipping and non-linearity, color misalignment versus luminance, jaggies, noise reduction, sharpness-filter ringing, and graphics/GUI rendering.
The first company to be awarded Technicolor's 4K Image Certification is Marseille Networks for its VTV-122X family of video processors. Using the company's UVD (Ultra Visual Detail) context-adaptive technology, these processors upscale and enhance video content from any source, be it Blu-ray, DVD, broadcast, or streaming. There are no currently available products with this technology, but there should be some announcements shortly; in particular, the VTV-122X processors are optimized for source devices such as Blu-ray players, set-top boxes, and streaming-media players, so the first products will likely be in these categories.