High Dynamic Range (HDR)

A new color space providing life-like image quality for digital technology.

If you’ve bought a TV recently or looked into gaming equipment, you may have come across the term “HDR” as a new capability that promises better image quality than we’ve ever seen before. Let’s dig beyond the acronym and explore what exactly HDR is and how it’s implemented on LED displays.

What is HDR?

HDR, or High Dynamic Range imaging is the production, transfer and display of content containing a much wider range of color and contrast than historically available. An SDR display can produce 16.7 million colors, while an HDR display can produce 1.07 billion colors. It’s the closest match to how you see colors and detail in real life.

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SDR

How's HDR Different than 4K?

Another popular term before HDR was the trend of 4K as the new pinnacle of image quality. So what’s the difference between 4K and HDR?

4K Ultra HD Logo

4K (or Ultra High Definition) refers to a specific resolution value (3840 pixels wide by 2160 pixels tall). A display cannot be 4K unless it hits the exact height and width defined in the standard.

HDR Logo

HDR on the other hand, produces more colors within pixels and can be implemented regardless of resolution. Simply put, the shift to 4K was about providing more pixels. The shift to HDR is about providing better pixels.

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Go with the Experts

LED displays are fundamentally different from other digital technology; they produce color differently and in some applications require several pieces of control equipment to show content, which makes HDR more complex to implement. We’ve applied our experience designing both LED displays and control equipment to engineer the first HDR-capable system. Additionally, our design and manufacturing capability gives us agile control over our product capabilities to evolve as HDR evolves.

Pioneering the HDR Trail in Sports

The most important part of implementing HDR is every component being HDR ready, from end to end. From the camera to the switcher to the media player to the processor to the LED display.

Custom shape video display in Royals stadium

Kauffman Stadium

Large video screen at Purdue Ross Ade Stadium

Purdue University

University of Alabama LED video boards in stadium

University of Alabama

Design built scoreboard for Colorado Rockies

Coors Field

oval video display in Kansas City Arrowhead stadium

Arrowhead Stadium

Centerhung video display in PNC Arena

PNC Arena

Cincinnati Reds fields with two LED video boards

Great American Ballpark

Globe Life Field LED video boards

Globe Field

 

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Learn more about HDR is and how the LED display industry can implement this new color space.