Advanced HDR Conversion

Mapping between color spaces to preserve artistic intent.

Flexible HDR Solutions to meet the need of your production.

Static Conversion

Static conversion from SDR to HDR or HDR to SDR can be done via a 3D-LUT file. The 3D-LUT file maps the color space, and applies the appropriate EOTF transfer curve. This mapping is applied to all the frames of video regardless of the signal. The Cobalt 9904-UDX-4K is able to insert static LUTS with the +3DLUT-PRO and +3DLUT-4K options. Adding the +3DLUT-BBC option allows the card to come preconfigured with standard LUTs suggested by the BBC for professional broadcast.

Dynamic Conversion

Dynamic conversion takes a static LUT as a base, and allows the user to customize the look and feel of the content in real time. While an up-mapped HDR signal, or down-mapped SDR signal can be technically “legal”, conversion can be optimized for the type of content that is being produced. Cobalt digital products are compatible with both the WonderLook Pro and LiveGrade Pro software that provide full control over the transfer curve and color correction.

Dynamic Intelligent Conversion

Dynamic intelligent conversion goes beyond dynamic conversion alone by allowing an algorithm to automatically adjust the color values based on the incoming video signal. Cobalt uses Technicolor’s suite of HDR conversion tools for this task. The toolset is informed by deep learning from Technicolor’s years of Hollywood colorimetry experience. Video is analyzed frame-by-frame in real time to make adjustments more quickly than a human operator could. As lighting conditions change over the course of a broadcast, the human operator has the ability to focus on other parts of the production.

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Unleash your SDR Legacy Content

Select between convenience and control

Manual

In manual mode, the Technicolor ITM SDR to HDR controls give the user the ability to adjust the ranges betwen shadows, midtones, and highlights within the content.

Preset

Preset mode provides 28 preconfigured settings differentiated by brightness and contrast. Users have many options to customize the look and feel of the content, while not having all the controls included in the manual mode.
Additional adjustments include:

  • Limiter
  • Saturation
  • Sharpness

Automatic

In auto mode, the Technicolor algorithm will adjust settings frame-by-frame in real time according to the incoming content. Fine tune adjustments can be made to the unit at the beginning of an event – but after that, the ITM process will make any adjustments due to changing lighting conditions during the event.

Bright spot analysis

Bright spot analysis and management: ability to ensure excessive bright spots are not created when converting from SDR to HDR that might detract from the creative intent of the video.

The ITM algorithm also includes advanced bright spot detection, which will isolate smaller points of light from larger bright spots within the frame. This way, when the light intensity increases from an SDR image to the brighter HDR image, lighting speculars won’t be drowned out by larger areas of light.

Noise Reduction

HDR content can get noisy, especially content shot on film. Technicolor‘s noise reduction is superior to anything currently on the market used for grading.


A static 3D-LUT typically does not have active noise reduction, this is very problematic in low light conditions, upgrading content from older cameras or cameras with small sensors or in cases with camera movement.


A powerful de-noising engine is included, as legacy SDR content will often come with a fair bit of noise. The ability to adjust the noise within the shadows and highlights helps to keep image detail while protecting against banding artifacts.

END-TO-END HDR WORKFLOWS

Features

HDR Conversions

  • SDR to HDR
  • HDR to SDR
  • HDR to HDR

OETF Curves

  • PQ
  • HLG
  • SLOG 3

Color Space

  • Full
  • Legal
  • BT.709
  • BT.2020

LUT

  • BBC LUTs
  • 3rd Party Control
  • WonderLook Pro
  • LiveGrade pro

Video Format Conversion

  • 12G/6G/3G/HD/SD Up/Down/Cross Conversion
  • 12G-SDI Single wire or SDM/SI quad 3G-SDI

Frame Sync

  • Full frame synchronizer with dual reference
  • Audio/Video Offset Controls

Advanced Audio

  • 4 AES Pair Embedding/De-embedding
  • Dolby Encoding/Decoding
  • Audio Upmixing/Downmixing
  • Audio Loudness Leveling

Metadata

  • Static & Dynamic

IP Production

HEVC / 4K UHD Encoders and Decoders

9992-ENCHEVC Upgradeable AVC / MPEG2 Software Defined Broadcast Encoder
9992-ENC-4K-HEVC4K HEVC / AVC / MPEG2 Software Defined Broadcast Encoder
9992-DECAVC/MPEG-2 Software Defined Broadcast Decoder
9992-2DECDual Upgradeable AVC/MPEG-2 Software Defined Broadcast Decoder
9992-DEC-4K-HEVC4K/AVC/MPEG-2 Software Defined Broadcast Decoder
SafeLinkProtecting Transport Streams with RIST

H264 Distribution MPEG-4 Encoders

9990-ENC-H264-IPHD/SD-SDI/CVBS H.264 Encoders with Streaming IP Output
BBG-1190-ENC-H264-IPHD/SD-SDI/CVBS H.264 Standalone Encoders with Streaming IP Output

Uncompressed IP Video Conversion

BBG-SFP-SXH3G/HD/SD-SDI / ASI Reconfigurable Video SFP Transceiver
9415DA-SFP3G/HD/SD-SDI / ASI / MADI Reconfigurable Video SFP Transceiver/Distribution Amplifier
9904-UDX-4K-IP12G/6G/3G/HD/SD UHD Up/Down/Cross Converter/Frame Sync with Dual 10GigE IP Ports
BBG-IP-TO-SDI-10GE-2110SMPTE ST 2110 To 3G/HD/SD-SDI De-Encapsulator
BBG-IP-TO-SDI-10GE-2022SMPTE ST 2022-6/7 To 3G/HD/SD-SDI De-Encapsulator
BBG-SDI-TO-IP-10GE-21103G/HD/SD-SDI To SMPTE ST 2110 Encapsulator
BBG-SDI-TO-IP-10GE-20223G/HD/SD-SDI To SMPTE ST 2022-6/7 Encapsulator

3G/HD/SD MPEG-4 Encoders

9223-SSingle-Channel 3G/HD/SD MPEG-4 Encoders
9223-DDual-Channel 3G/HD/SD MPEG-4 Encoders
BBG-1123-ENCSingle-Channel 3G/HD/SD MPEG-4 Standalone Encoder Units
BBG-1123-ENC2Dual-Channel 3G/HD/SD MPEG-4 Standalone Encoder Units
9992-ENCHEVC Upgradeable AVC / MPEG2 Software Defined Broadcast Encoder
9992-ENC-4K-HEVC4K HEVC / AVC / MPEG2 Software Defined Broadcast Encoder
SafeLinkProtecting Transport Streams with RIST

Multi-Standard Broadcast Transcoders

9990-TRX-MPEGMulti-Standard Broadcast Transcoder
BBG-1090-TRX-MPEGMulti-Standard Standalone Broadcast Transcoder

MPEG4 AVC and MPEG2 Decoders

9990-DEC-MPEG-SDI1MPEG4 AVC and MPEG2 Decoder
BBG-1190-DEC-MPEGStandalone MPEG4 AVC and MPEG2 Decoder with ASI and IP Inputs and SDI Outputs
9990-DEC-MPEG-SDI2MPEG4 AVC and MPEG2 Decoder
9992-DECAVC/MPEG-2 Software Defined Broadcast Decoder
9992-2DECDual Upgradeable AVC/MPEG-2 Software Defined Broadcast Decoder
9992-DEC-4K-HEVC4K/AVC/MPEG-2 Software Defined Broadcast Decoder

Bidirectional ASI/MPTS Gateways

9220Bidirectional ASI/MPTS Gateway
9220-SABidirectional ASI/MPTS Standalone Gateway Unit

MPEG-IP Distribution Amplifiers/Routers

9990-RTR-MPEG-IPStreaming IP (MPEG2-TS) Reclocking Distribution Amplifier and Router
BBG-1090-RTR-MPEG-IPStreaming IP (MPEG2-TS) Reclocking Distribution Amplifier and Router Standalone Unit

Standalone MPEG Encoders, Decoders, and Transcoders

9220-SABidirectional ASI/MPTS Standalone Gateway Unit
BBG-1090-TRX-MPEGMulti-Standard Standalone Broadcast Transcoder
BBG-1123-ENCSingle-Channel 3G/HD/SD MPEG-4 Standalone Encoder Units
BBG-1123-ENC2Dual-Channel 3G/HD/SD MPEG-4 Standalone Encoder Units
BBG-1190-ENC-H264-IPHD/SD-SDI/CVBS H.264 Standalone Encoders with Streaming IP Output
BBG-1190-DEC-MPEGStandalone MPEG4 AVC and MPEG2 Decoder with ASI and IP Inputs and SDI Outputs
BBG-1090-RTR-MPEG-IPStreaming IP (MPEG2-TS) Reclocking Distribution Amplifier and Router Standalone Unit