On a side note, I've been experimenting with "pseudo HDR", meaning sending a non-HDR projector an HDR signal (using its own settings to go into SDR mode, like the Epson, or using an HDF Linker) and then adjusting settings in the projector to get an amazing image, basically manual tone mapping using the projectors settings, namely gamma of course.
I finally came up with an awesome setting on an Epson 5040UB (I know it's HDR capable, but I put it in SDR mode while it was getting an HDR signal from a Panasonic UB900, confirmed with info details and pictures). The last thing I put in at about 1:30am was Ghost Busters 2016 and the image was spectacular! I also watched The Revenant (great results) and Mad Max earlier and directly compared it to doing the HDR to SDR tone mapping in the UB900 and this manual method looked far better and was easily seen in chapter 3 when they're driving into the giant dust storm!
I was able to use the digital cinema mode, which engages the P3 filter, which is an issue for brightness when in HDR mode, and it was more than bright enough, although as you can imagine, settings had to be pushed since it was using SDR mode on an HDR signal.
This could be a good method to explore for 4K non HDR but with WCG support projectors, like this BenQ, an older Sony 4K (VW600ES), the Epson LS10000, etc.
So far I've only messed with it one day yesterday, so I am sure there's still some tweaking to be had, but the results are crazy good so far for what you'd think it would with such weird settings in SDR mode. It messes with your mind and OCD traits to set them this way, but in the end you're like
, especially with the unbelievable detail you can see on the low APL and highlights with no clipping! The entire HDR signal fits nicely within the SDR range with a steep curve at the top end, without blowing anything out or looking unnatural from what I saw so far.
I'm going to post this and my settings over in the Epson 5040/6040 owner's thread if anyone's interested in trying it themselves to give feedback and any enhancement suggestions. I may also try this on the RS600 with a Linker, just for schitz and giggles, to compare with true HDR mode and stripping HDR but keeping WCG.
Are there any other reports of anyone doing something like this? I know there's a pseudo HDR thread around somewhere that I read, but I don't recall any real testing or results.
Sorry to maybe be off topic, but I thought it relevant since the BenQ doesn't support HDR, this could be something to play with. It may not be worth the hassle over just tone mapping in your UHD Bluray player, but time and results will tell I guess. So far so good anyway!