June 26, 2015

Technicolor Participates in Volvo Ocean Boat Race Test of High Dynamic Range and 3D Audio Ultra HD

Technicolor and 6 other technology providers from the French region Brittany participated in the first television channel demonstration of High Dynamic Range (HDR) p50 and 3D audio Ultra HD coverage of the French stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race, mid of June, and successfully showcased these next generation technologies at the race village.


Technicolor, Envivio, Images & Réseaux, Orange, SeaEvents, TDF, and Thomson Video Networks brought their talent together to test a full end-to-end TV channel that takes into account the most advanced technologies including binaural sound to enable immersive 3D rendering High Dynamic Range for greater image brightness levels and High Frame Rate technology at 50 frames per second, adding fluidity to traveling camera movements and to slow motion scenes.

Installed in the Brittany region office for the duration of the Lorient stopover, the next-gen Ultra HD HDR demonstration included a comparison of the same footage, presented in 4K UHD. The demonstration received highly positive feedbacks from general public and professionals who were really impressed by the image quality perceived in HDR.

For the event, Technicolor provided the following support:

  • Disposal of F65 cameral and support for binaural sound capture for the film shooting
  • Calibration and HDR processing including backward compatibility with all screens,
  • Decoding and display in HDR via our Technicolor 4K Ultra HD HDR set-top boxes,
  • Support for the local demonstration in Lorient including materials (screens and 4K/HD set-top boxes) and human (demo installation/dismantling, demo presenter)

Taking part to this project enables Technicolor to further promote its involvement in next generation Ultra HD technologies and commitment to shape the future of entertainment.

For more information on the event, don’t hesitate to have a look at the following:

The press coverage in French : http://www.lemag-numerique.com/2015/06/experimentation-ultra-haute-definition-a-loccasion-de-la-volvo-ocean-race-7491

Some articles about the Volvo Ocean Race Ultra HD HDR Test:  http://www.digitaltveurope.net/385052/ultra-hd-high-dynamic-range-demo-staged-in-france/


The Volvo Ocean Race website:http://www.volvooceanrace.com/en/home.html

The photo below is from the demonstration at the race village: