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What’s new in the NAB 2023 Version of the UHDF Guidelines document (v3).
The new 2023 NAB version of the Ultra HD Forum’s Guidelines (v3.0.0) is as a series of shorter ‘Rainbow Books,’ each focused on one aspect of Ultra HD: definitions, technology, production, distribution, and real-world experiences.
While most of the information has not changed from the previous version (2.6), we have added clarity to the sections on HDR in the production book (BLUE) and an update on linear metadata for immersive audio. Some additional definitions of terms in the BLACK book, such as Single-Master HDR/SDR Production, were added.
This document provides a C-based API for integrating watermarking technologies in content creation workflow, allowing interoperable integration in a transcoder. While initially targeting integration in workflows for ABR content preparation, it is also extendable to other cases. It supports various content format (baseband or compressed).
End-to-end workflows for UHD services
Resolutions of 1080p (with HDR) & 2160p
HDR / WCG (PQ10, HLG10 & HDR10)
Channel-based immersive audio
Dual layer HDR technologies
Dynamic HDR Metadata systems
High Frame Rate (100/120 FPS)
Next Generation Audio
Ultra HD Distribution for Broadcast and OTT
Content Aware Encoding
Production Workflows and Conversions
End-to-End workflows for Ultra HD services
November 18, 2021
New: comparison of SDR and HDR ranges of human response to light levels and the ability to capture and display HDR imagery,
Update: device support for 4k and HDR, including HDMI v2.1 capabilities,
Update: AVS3, Chinese UHD Standard
Description: NBC Universal best practice of single stream SDR/HDR live UHD,
Info on OTT packagers,
Update: NGA trials,
Update: status of the ATSC 3.0 rollouts
Expansion: IP-based workflow (ST 2022, Zixi, SRT, and NDI.
September 21, 2020
Information on ITU-R BT.2124 for “Objective metric for the assessment of the potential visibility of color differences in television”, insight into the creation and distribution of live content, produced in UHD with HDR and Wide Color and then distributed via the Internet (OTT) and a major update of annexes including a new one on DVB-T2Download
April 13, 2020
More on color accuracy as well as all new information like for
ST2110, ATSC 3.0 or the South America Road Map to UHD.
January 7, 2020
CES 2020 Version
Improved definitions of PQ10, HDR10 and HLG 10,
Overlay spec for Closed Captioning and Subtitle rendering,
Refine terminology for color space conversions,
Revised signaling for HDR/WCG used by AVC encoding.
April 10, 2019
V2.0 - Unification of phases A and BDownload
November 20, 2017
The Ultra HD Forum produces Guidelines to help the industry navigate the complex UHD landscape.
The Ultra HD Forum focuses on end-to-end workflows from camera to consumer.
UHD Phase A Guidelines describe end-to-end processes for creating a linear UHD service using technologies that were commercially available by 2016.
The fourth version of the UHD Phase A Guidelines was released in September 2017.
UHD Phase B Guidelines introduce and de-mystify next generation UHD technologies that operators are exploring for future enhanced UHD services.
September 1, 2017
Clarified definitions of PQ10 and HDR10 (Sections 3, 6.1.1 and 6.1.5).
Added a table showing a matrix of 14 different receiver/decoder capability combinations, and a table of 12 different service formats which indicates which of the receiver/decoders can render which service formats (Tables 4 and 5).
Added text about using statistical methods of deriving CLL values, thanks to input from UHDA (Section 6.1.4).
Added “graphics white” level for HLG as recommended by BBC and NHK (Section 6.1.10).
Added a cautionary statement about including PQ-related metadata in an HLG stream, thanks to information learned in UHDF InterOps (Section 8.3).
Added a table of “real world” bitrates as reported by UHDF service provider members (Section 9.3.2).
Added an annex on HDR dynamic metadata (Annex G).
Various minor updates, e.g., updated references, etc.
April 1, 2017
Inclusion of Forensic Watermarking guidelines.
The Ultra HD Forum is continuing to refine and update this document as new information regarding Phase A UHD services emerges. For example, recent industry discussions about the definitions of PQ10 and HDR10 are actively being considered in the Guidelines Work Group.
December 1, 2016
Implementation of channel-based immersive audio for Phase A (e.g., Dolby Atmos).
ETSI TS 103 433 method for down-converting HDR/WCG to SDR/BT.709.
Carriage of signalling for transfer function, color container and color matrix, including newly added information for file-based video formats.
A brief summary/comparison of ITU-R BT.709, BT.2020 and BT.2100.
ACES Workflow for color and dynamic range.
Dynamic HDR metadata technologies as candidates for the forum’s future work in Phase B.
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