Reference HDR Displays: The Complicated Truth

Wes Donahue
Director Sales and Marketing, TVLogic USA and South America


This session will take a closer look at the needs and requirements for HDR reference grading monitors. Back in the days of the CRT, reference displays meant primarily Sony BVM series CRTs – which broadcast engineers readily accepted as the best and most accurate monitoring available. Today, we are presented with a myriad of display technologies from transmissive LCDs with various backlight technologies, emissive OLEDs, and variations in between that strive to increase color gamut, maximize luminance, and extend black level.

We will discuss the requirements of HDR reference mastering by learning about current HDR formats, consumer HDR television capabilities and variations, and content distribution variables – all in an effort to understand the complex needs of HDR content creators and how the many working parts of the HDR ecosystem are beginning to come together with the introduction of the first generation of HDR reference master displays.

Topics will include:

  • Overview of panel architectures for achieving reference HDR monitors
  • The relationship between consumer and professional HDR display technologies
  • Needs and requirements for HDR reference grading monitors
  • Needs and requirements for HDR monitors for editing, monitoring and quality control
  • Products that can support these needs
  • HDR formats and their differences
  • How HDR grading is being done today