Originally Posted by srinivas1015
Yes, exactly. Highlights are drastically more striking on 4000 nit titles. Even in Sully, the skies, the billboards in Times Square, etc are very very impressive. 1000 nit titles rarely reach that sort of high despite having many opportunities to do so. This is one of the main reasons that I found X-Men Apocalypse and Revenant underwhelming in regards to HDR.
The HDR in BvS is quite spectacular (the Kryptonite, the heat beams, the explosions, the gunfire, the car lights, etc). I haven't found another UHD hitting that level of visual awe.
It's a real shame that most titles are mastered at 1000 nits.
I honestly haven't noticed such a striking difference. What's your peak brightness (that you can actually achieve), maybe you've got a lot more headroom than I do. Also what sort of curve are you using?
That said, assuming your "issue" is a calibration one, it's relatively easy to solve. If your issue really is a calibration issue*, then the issue is that for 1000 nit titles you're leaving brightness unused (saved for 1000-4000 nit highlights) so the solution is simple, you just need two curves, one for 4000 nit titles that clips at 4000 nits, and one for 1000 nit titles. Then when you watch a 1000 nit title it will utilize the entire brightness range of your display. Remember these titles are mastered on (and for) displays that are capable of 10-40 times the brightness we can realistically achieve. So we're compressing highlights quite a bit, once you compress things, the difference between a 1000 nit title and a 4000 nit title is not really that significant. Further, not all titles use the full range, I think people found that a number of 4000 nit titles don't go above 2000-2500 nits.
*The question though is, is it really a calibration issue, or is it a content issue, and that's a tough one. I know The Revenant is, as best I could tell, a relative dull movie, I wouldn't expect much HDR "eyevisceration" from that title. In my setup, I'd say X-Men:A and BvS are relatively similar in overall look, and I haven't seen Sully. Other than talking to the folks who did the masters, or watching on a proper mastering monitor, we only have user consensus to determine what these titles are really supposed to look like.
FWIW, I can hit maybe 100 nits peak on my setup, so I don't have a lot of headroom for highlights, I have to run a reasonably aggressive curve.