January 24, 2014
Video processing company Folded Space announced its deep color content encoding (DCE) and decoding algorithms, which are now available for new HD and Ultra HD displays. The algorithms allow these newest displays to show off more vibrant colors captured by HDR cameras. DCE is a much more efficient process than other similar methods that use a lot of bandwidth, and Folded Space intends to license the encoding algorithm to software partners.
According to the press release, the algorithms by Folded Space — a division of Panamorph — process original content with 12-bits per color and “imperceptibly encode information about the fine color detail into a standard, backward compatible 8-bit Blu-ray disc.” Newer displays can restore a 12-bit version of the original to support richer, more vibrant colors.
“DCE is an extremely efficient process requiring very little additional bandwidth or processing power to deliver true 12-bit equivalent color to compatible displays,” notes the release.
“Real life has a stunning range and depth of colors that has always been muted by limitations in the way content is delivered to the home,” said John Schuermann, a business development leader for Folded Space. “This year’s Consumer Electronics Show was all about HD and UHD/4K displays that can deliver the high dynamic range color needed to finally make video look real.”
Schuermann went on to explain that with DCE, studios will be able to release Blu-rays and other next-generation media to support “what’s commonly considered to be the most important, most visual improvement in next generation video.”
In addition to licensing the encoding algorithm to software partners for free, the company will also license the decoding algorithm to TV and player manufacturing partners “for a modest fee.”