Today, HDfury has announced a firmware update offering support for two of its most popular products, the Integral UHD/HDR HDMI splitter and the Linker UHD/HDR scaler. The update adds compatibility with Dolby Vision and HLG HDR. Currently, the devices support the HDR10 standard.
HDfury’s Linker ($179) is a video scaler that supports video resolutions up to 4K 60p 4:4:4 with HDCP 2.2. This allows it to ingest a video at the highest quality obtainable and convert it to conform to the limitations of the display device. It has two HDMI inputs and one output, and its complete list of capabilities includes the following: Scaler, switcher, infoframe/HDR metadata injector and extractor with sound, HDCP doctor, HDMI doctor, and EDID management.
The Integral is a UHD and HDR signal splitter and video processor. It’s primary use is to resolve HDCP issues, allowing the latest UHD and HDR content to play on displays that don’t have HDCP 2.2. It has two HDMI inputs and outputs, and supports video resolutions up to 4K 60p 4:4:4. Its list of capabilities is as follows: Splitter, infoframe/HDR metadata injector and extractor, HDCP doctor, CEC commander, audio extractor, audio replacement, HDMI doctor, matrix, and EDID management.
Now, both devices support Dolby Vision, which is widely regarded as the most advanced HDR format available to consumers. Recently, Dolby Vision made its debut on Ultra HD Blu-ray and is already available when streaming select HDR content from Netflix, Amazon, and Vudu. Dolby Vision uses dynamic metadata to extract the best viewing experience a given display can provide.
HLG stands for hybrid-log gamma, an HDR format that promises to deliver high dynamic range without much fuss. For one thing, it’s royalty-free. Plus it’s compatible with SDR displays, which makes it a great option for broadcasters. It’s already supported by a variety of TV manufacturers, and YouTube offers videos encoded in the format.
The main news here is that HDfury is keeping pace with advances in video technology—and HDR in particular—through firmware updates. If you have a need for what they do—for example, I use the Integral to create HDR patterns for calibration—the Linker and Integral are indispensable tools. So, it’s great news that they both now support Dolby Vision and HLG HDR.