DVB adds HDR dynamic mapping

July 10, 2019
DVB announced a revision to its specification for the use of video and audio coding in broadcast and broadband applications to include solutions for HDR Dynamic Mapping ...

DVB announced a revision to its specification for the use of video and audio coding in broadcast and broadband applications to include solutions for HDR Dynamic Mapping (DM). The solutions are intended to allow a receiver, such as a TV set, to adapt a High Dynamic Range video signal to the characteristics of the display. The revised specification was approved by the DVB Steering Board in Geneva on July 3.

ETSI TS 101 154 is one of the core DVB specifications. It sets out how video and audio coding are to be used in satellite, cable, and terrestrial broadcasting systems, as well as in broadband delivery. The addition of HDR DM provides content creators and device manufacturers with a means of adapting video content so that it replicates as closely as possible the intended appearance, as produced in a reference viewing environment.

"DVB has provided the industry with the specifications needed to deploy UHD services with confidence," said Peter MacAvock, chairman of DVB. "HDR Dynamic Mapping is an important element of the ecosystem, helping broadcasters and other content providers to ensure their video looks as good as it possibly can on a given display."

DVB's audiovisual coding specification includes two means of providing HDR video content, namely Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG10) and the 10-bit variant of Perceptual Quantizer (PQ-10). DM applies only to the latter.

There is significant potential benefit in being able to "map" the HDR, as graded using a reference monitor, to the lower-performance TV sets typical of the consumer environment. DM facilitates this functionality by way of Dynamic Mapping Information (DMI) inserted into the HDR video bitstream.

Three solutions for HDR DM have been included in the new version of TS 101 154:

  • SMPTE ST 2094-10 - Dynamic Metadata for Color Volume Transform - Application #1
  • ETSI TS 103 433-2 (SL-HDR2) - High-Performance Single-Layer High Dynamic Range (HDR) System for use in Consumer Electronics devices; Part 2: Enhancements for Perceptual Quantization (PQ) transfer function based High Dynamic Range (HDR) Systems
  • SMPTE ST 2094-40 - Dynamic Metadata for Color Volume Transform - Application #4

The revised specification has been published as DVB BlueBook A001 and will be forwarded to ETSI for publication as TS 101 154 V2.6.1. DVB's specifications for Service Information (DVB-SI) and Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP (DVB-DASH) have also been revised to support HDR DM. The changes will be reflected in the respective ETSI standards in due course.

Following approval of the specification, the DVB Technical Module working group on audio and video coding (TM-AVC) will proceed with verification and validation activities to aid implementation of the new solutions.        

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