Sony wants to ensure you have more HDR content for your new TV

sony high end hdr video format workflows
Conceptually, 4K may appear to be a more impressive technology than high dynamic range (HDR), but only because it is easier to wrap your head around. Understanding that 3,840 x 2,160 pixels is more than 1,920 x 1,080 requires nothing more than a basic concept of how numbers work, but the actual perceived difference between 4K and Full HD usually isn’t so clear. HDR, on the other hand, is more difficult to explain, but the difference it makes in image quality is as clear as night and day.

Fortunately, 4K and HDR are being developed almost in tandem, though the latter has lagged a bit behind. As HDR televisions become more common, the problem shifts from the consumer to the creator; without HDR content, there’s nothing to watch. Sony recently outlined its plans for end-to-end HDR workflows at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, with plans for cinema, online video, and even live broadcasts.

While most of the new tech deals with the back end of production environments, Sony is keeping the lower-budget creators in mind as well. The compact FS5 cinema camera and Z150 camcorder both support Sony’s new Instant HDR workflow. Instant HDR gives lower-scale productions an efficient way to shoot, edit, and deliver HDR content without the need for color grading. This will be useful for corporate and event videos, news, and any other projects with quick turnaround times.

On the higher end, Sony unveiled an entirely new video file format, called X-OCN, that sort of bridges the gap between RAW and compressed formats. Available for the F55 cinema camera, X-OCN offers significant space savings over RAW and even professional compressed formats like Apple ProRes, while including the full tonal range of the sensor with 16-bit precision. While Sony stated it does not intend for X-OCN to replace RAW for large studios, the format should greatly help lower-budget productions which can’t afford the storage requirements for RAW video but still want to maximize image quality.

For more on how HDR works, check out our guide to the technology.


Midrange phones can’t do A.I., but MediaTek’s P90 chip aims to change that

MediaTek has announced the Helio P90 mobile processor, which it says will bring the best A.I. features we see on high-end smartphones, to the mid-range. We spoke to the company about the chip.
Home Theater

These TVs might cost less than $1,000, but they certainly don’t perform like it

Check out our picks for the best TVs under $1,000 to enjoy top-shelf features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range, and gorgeous image processing. Park yourself here to find the absolute best values in TV land.

Xbox One X vs. PS4 Pro: Which console is more powerful?

Far from cooling down, the console wars are only getting more intense. We compare Microsoft's Xbox One X to Sony's PlayStation 4 Pro to help you decide which premium console is right for you.

These are the best action cameras money can buy

Action cameras are great tools for capturing videos of your everyday activities, whether it's a birthday party or the steepest slope you've ever descended on your snowboard. These are the best money can buy.
Emerging Tech

Light, speed: Lighting kit for DJI Mavic 2 lets you fly and film in the dark

Lume Cube, maker of small battery-powered LED lights for mobile photography, has announced a new lighting kit built specifically for the DJI Mavic 2 -- the first of its kind. Already our favorite drone, this makes the Mavic 2 even better.

Leave the laptop at home, the iPad Pro is the travel buddy to take on vacay

The iPad Pro is a powerful tablet that's perfect for creatives and professionals. How does it fare when traveling with it as a laptop replacement? We took it on a two week trek in Japan to find out.

2018 was a terrific year for new cameras. Here are our favorites

This year, we saw the unveiling of several exciting new cameras. We look back at our favorite models -- each delivering something unique, yet all are powerful and feature-rich. Camera fans, rejoice!
Social Media

Instagram’s 2018 year in review shines a light on where our hearts are

What did Instagram users share the most in 2018? A lot of heart emojis, heart face filters, and heart GIFs. The platform recently shared the year's top trends, including hashtags like #fortnite and #metoo along with a few surprises.

Want a fun, affordable instant camera? The Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S is just $49

Instant cameras have had a surprising resurgence of late, and no brand is better recognized in the instant photo space today than Fujifilm Instax. Walmart is currently offering the Instax Mini 7S for just $49.

Not just for Lightroom anymore, Loupedeck+ now works with Photoshop

Loupedeck+ can now help photographers edit in Photoshop too, thanks to physical controls for swapping tools, running actions, and more. The photo-editing console expanded to include Photoshop in the list of compatible editing programs.
Emerging Tech

The best drone photos from around the world

Most of today's drones come equipped with high-end cameras, which are quickly revolutionizing the world of aerial photography as we know it. Here are some of the best drone photos from around the world.

Need a monitor for professional photo-editing? These are the very best

Looking for the best monitor for photo editing? You'll need to factor in brightness, color accuracy, color gamut support and more. Fortunately, we've rounded up the best ones for you, to help you make an educated purchase.

Grit and gear: How Chris Hershman went from retail clerk to music video director

How did Chris Hershman go from working a music retail job to working with bands like NEEDTOBREATHE and Switchfoot? The music video director and filmmaker talks to us about video, tech, and Nikon's new mirrorless.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Booze-filled ski poles and crypto piggy banks

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!