● Does not currently support consumer Dolby Vision.
Originally Posted by johnty
Well, that's a deal breaker. Seriously, will it do so in the future or is it a licensing issue?
I feel the need to clarify what I meant by this...
The projector does not currently support consumer Dolby Vision...
** HOWEVER ** it is most certainly technically possible for Christie to add this at some point in the future, and probably simply via a firmware update.
However, I must stress that at the present time Christie has not and is not yet commited to adding this.
But it is most certainly technically possible if Christie decides that it is something worth doing.
I did most certainly discuss this matter with Christie in person whilst visiting last Friday; wherein, I argued the case for adding this. Specifically, I pointed out, which I am sure folks will agree, that if Christie were indeed to add support for consumer Dolby Vision, then this would add an additional USP of a magnitude that would be very considerable indeed, especially considering that it would be the only projector in the world that would do so.
Now bearing in mind Christie's pre-existing and ongoing relationship with Dolby, I do not believe there would be any issue with respect to Christie persuading Dolby to allow this to be added to the projector; and so if I were a betting man, my money would be on it being this projector being the first (and possibly thereafter exclusively the only projector in the world) which does so.
Although, this is not something that would be offered for free, because indubitably Dolby would demand payment of an associated licensing fee, which for obvious reasons Christie would probably be obliged to pass on to the customer. In other words, IF (and this is merely a possibility at the present time - no promises!!!) this is added, indubitiably it would be offered as a further optional upgrade at additional cost.
The question I would like you ask you and everyone else here, is would you be prepared to pay extra for this?
Now before you answer this question, please consider the following:
Just how much of a perceivable difference is there typically really between consumer Dolby Vision content played back as Dolby Vision, as compared the HDR10 iteration played back using good tone-mapping and gamma profiling?
Also bear in mind that the luminance dynamic range of this thing is so humungously vast that there's no issues with respect to achieving calibration that produces concomitantly both all the shadow detail without being crushed and the bright highlights without being blown out to white. In other words, it is about as perfect playback of HDR10 as you can get.
Furthermore, HDR10 consumer media content that is mastered for BT.2020, as opposed to DCI-P3 within a BT.2020 packet, is going to produce a far greater perceivable increase in video performance, than HDR10 versus Dolby Vision, with respect to a projector such as this which is capable of covering such a far greater WCG than 100% of DCI-P3; wherein it not only covers over 92% of BT.2020 but the Red and the Blue are in fact beyond
And something else I would like to point out here is that the video performance of this projector is absolutely mind-blowing... Seriously, you will have never ever seen anything like it in your life. SDR HD-Upscaled-To-4K-UHD media content, such as regular Blu-Ray, projected through this thing looks better than any HDR video image that I have ever seen to date. Furthermore, native 4K HDR10 media content is in a completely different universe stratospherically above and beyond absolutely everything else out there with respect to its video performance. Where irrespective of whether the source is SDR or HDR10 the image looks absolutely incredible to the extent it is utterly mesmerizing and practicially beyond words to describe just how phenomenal is the video image... I commented to Art that the problem with this thing is you'd end up rewatching your entire movie collection all over again and some, just to re-experience them all again... it's that good!
Therefore, speaking as someone who has both personally experienced the performance of this thing, and someone who is actually going to be installing one of these into his cinema, personally, all things considered, this is by no means for me a 'deal breaker'. That said, don't get me wrong, it would be very nice indeed if this was added in the the future by Christie; and this would be a big USP that would indubitably help Christie with respect to selling greater numbers of the projector. But is it really a 'deal breaker'? Not really
So what does everyone think about this?