HDRmaster 8K Toolset Released
FF Pictures launches HDRmaster 8K, a new standalone software toolset for Microsoft Windows 8 and 10 with several innovative features for performing quality analysis and essential metadata tasks in HDR productions with up to 8K (7680×4320 pixels) resolution. HDRmaster 8K is the successor of HDRmaster v2 which is already in use by Ultra-HD Blu-ray facilities, post-production houses, studios and manufacturers worldwide.
Why This Tool Set is needed
To deliver the highest possible quality to the HDR consumer device, proper management of metadata and signal levels is essential. Mismanagement not only leads to compromised images but also decreases encoding efficiency, causing wasted bandwidth and unnecessary compression artefacts.
“It is quite easy for mastered and distributed HDR content to have improper or missing metadata,” noted Florian Friedrich, CEO of FF Pictures and key architect of HDRmaster 8K. “There are only a few tools out there that can do this kind of analysis and quality checking on HDR content, but at a high price. Our HDRmaster 8K software suite provides the highest level of features and tools at an incredibly affordable price. We hope this makes it a no-brainer for professionals to buy this toolset and take it for a test drive. So far, the responses of our customers have been overwhelmingly positive.”
HDRmaster 8K is designed to allow anyone in the industry to check in detail if the HDR delivery files carry proper HDR levels and metadata. This includes tools to measure and visualise issues like signal clippings in luminance range or colour gamut. While experts will be thrilled with the wide range of features, even non-experts can use this tool immediately thanks to a brand new feature called ‘HDR Inspector’. This preset is designed to automatically perform all needed tasks at the push of one button. This includes the unique feature of creating suggested static and dynamic metadata based on image analysis.
With the arrival of 8K displays on the market and HDR being the cutting edge of video productions today, it’s time to validate and optimise all aspects of video quality. HDRmaster 8K cannot only serve the needs of 4K production and distribution – it is ready for 8K as well!
“HDRmaster 8K is the tool I always wanted to have for double-checking my own work, allowing me to deliver premium HDR contents to our customers,” continued Friedrich. “When I demoed some of the functions of the software earlier this year during the QLED and Advanced Display Summit in Hollywood, I got very positive feedback from HDR experts of all kinds in the industry. The only criticism I heard was that the product seems to be too inexpensive for what it is doing – that’s the kind of criticism I love. Based on some of the other feedback we got, a significant number of features have been added since this very first demo of the software, including support for 8K.”
Analysers and Modules
There’s a total of 10 independent analysers and modules within HDRmaster 8K, each one to fulfil an essential task:
- HDR Inspector (automated analysis and calculations for Quality Control and static/dynamic metadata).
- Metadata and Signal Levels (MaxCLL and MaxFALL analysis, allowing to compare real signal and nominal values).
- Statistics (advanced frame statistics for different metrics on luminance distribution)
- Chromaticity Diagram (CIE 1976 and CIE 1931 diagram representation of the content).
- Color Analyzer (RAW and decoded values including Luminance values and Chroma coordinates for selected pixels).
- Histogram (RGB or Luminance histograms, linear or logarithmic scale).
- Heatmap (False color representation of the luminance, MaxRGB, chroma or hue values).
- Oscilloscope (Pixel profile for lines or in between cursors to show detailed gradations).
- Test Pattern Q/C (detailed analysis of test patches in a digital leader (delivered with HDRmaster) with pass/fail results).
- Dynamic Metadata (creating and editing of HDR10+ dynamic metadata, including graphical representation and automated suggestions for values and the ability to write it to .JSON or .MP4 files).
A growing number of input formats are currently supported by HDRmaster 8K. Most importantly, the software is designed to check and process encoded files for distribution to end consumers (.MP4, .TS, .HEVC, .H265, .H264). This includes video files for Ultra HD Blu-ray authoring but also supports image sequences which are commonly used prior to encoding (TIFF, DNG, DPX, Open EXR).
FF Pictures GmbH is an official adopter of the HDR10+ technology (see hdr10plus.org/current-adopters/). “As a tool provider and content creator for HDR10+, we’ve also created test videos for internal group evaluations of the technology and are proud to deliver the first tool of its kind with a graphical representation of the metadata and tools to add and edit the dynamic metadata in existing content. It’s also our mission to support this valuable standard in all of its flavours, keeping our tools up-to-date with the latest developments.” said Friedrich. “I can’t wait to see more and more end-consumers starting to understand how valuable such dynamic metadata can be for improved image quality.”