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HDR takes ‘Top Paper’ prize at IBC

High Dynamic Range (HDR) is an extremely hot topic, and is the Holy Grail being sought by content producers, high-end broadcasters and the TV consumer electronics industry. They all see HDR as a highly desirable next step for Ultra-HD transmissions.

The IBC technology show has recognised the importance of HDR by awarding its 2015 Conference Prize to a paper from two BBC Research & Development staff, Andrew Cotton and Tim Borer, for  “A display independent high dynamic range television system”. The paper will be presented at IBC on September 11th.

“This year’s winner describes a novel solution that could fundamentally influence how we perceive tomorrow’s ultra-high definition video,” said Dr Nick Lodge, chair of the technical papers committee. “In their very clear paper, Andrew and Tim explain how they brought together theory in engineering and visual psychology, along with practical experiments, to arrive at a high quality, flexible representation of high dynamic range video. This is creative technology at its very best.”

Andrew Cotton will present the paper, and Tim Borer will join him to receive the award on stage as part of the Awards Ceremony on Sunday 13 September. “We are delighted that IBC has recognised our paper on a display-independent HDR television system,” they said. “We believe that the technical solution we have presented provides the best universal approach for HDR, allowing it to rapidly become part of mainstream UHD offerings internationally.”

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