In a move that it says demonstrates the industry’s momentum, and an indication of its expected maturity over this year, the Ultra HD Forum (UHDF) has announced what it calls significant update to its official Guidelines.
Formed in 2015, the Ultra HD Forum is responsible for promoting market adoption of Ultra HD by defining what it says are industry best practices for the phased introduction of the broad set of technologies facilitating the next-generation television experience. It facilitates interoperability testing and collaborates with industry standards bodies to align standard development activities.
UHDF says that its guidelines have to date been accessed online over 2,000 times at its website over the last year and at NAB, and for the first time, it is releasing a unified Guidelines document, illustrating UHD maturity, said Madeleine Noland, senior advisor, technology and standards for LG Electronics, and UHDF Guidelines chair. “In [the unified Guidelines], we describe ‘foundation’ UHD technologies, as well as ‘enhancements’ that are backward compatible so they will add value to setups that support them, but still, look and sound great on foundation equipment,” she noted.
As well as releasing the guidelines, the UHDF said that at NAB it would have a universal HDR demo showing show how foundation HDR technology and dynamic metadata coexist and work to improve content reproduction on enabled displays. UHDF member companies offering demos include ATEME, BBright, b<>com, Dolby, Fairmile West, Fox, Harmonic, HiSilicon, Huawei, LGE, PBS, Sony and Technicolor.
Also on the agenda will be 8K development. The UHDF acknowledges 8K as a promising future technology and plans to work on its inclusion within future versions of the Guidelines. “8K is not at the same state of maturity as 4K, and not widely deployable without further development and advances in the ecosystem,” remarked UHDF president Thierry Fautier. “Our immediate interest is in 4K and HD resolution-based services and technologies, but the Forum continues to monitor the development of 8K video as it may relate to television production and distribution, including leveraging 8K production and display technologies within a 4K distribution system.”