Deluxe Confirms That It Will Support Dolby Vision Mastering

The new Dolby Vision format supports high dynamic range imagery.
Warner Bros. Pictures
"Pacific Rim"

Deluxe has confirmed the whispers that it will offer mastering for Dolby Vision, Dolby’s new format that supports high dynamic range (HDR) imagery, an expanded range between the darkest and brightest images a display can produce.

The Dolby Vision mastering suite is based at Deluxe’s Hollywood Way facility in Burbank and uses FilmLight’s Baselight, a color grading system that is capable of creating Dolby Vision masters. According to Deluxe, these will be used for episodic TV and long-form content.

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“We are very excited to work with our customers to explore the creative possibilities of an expanded color palette and greater brightness and contrast,” said Gray Ainsworth, executive vp corporate development and strategy at Deluxe Entertainment Services Group, in a statement.

Dolby Vision was demonstrated in public for the first time at CES in January, and the first Dolby Vision-supported TVs could be on the market by year’s end. At CES and more recent trade shows such as NAB, Deluxe demonstrated Dolby Vision with content from films including Pacific Rim, The Great Gatsby and Oblivion. The first full feature to get the Dolby Vision treatment was a remastering of Rob Marshall’s Chicago.

In addition to FilmLight, color grading system maker SGO previously announced that its Mistika system would support Dolby Vision. While SGO has not yet announced its beta sites, its should be noted that it works closely with Peter Jackson’s Park Road Post, which uses Mistika for The Hobbit trilogy, and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot.

Deluxe’s Company 3 and Efilm postproduction companies widely rely on Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve color grading system. Blackmagic has not announced plans to support Dolby Vision.

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Numerous leading cinematographers, including Emmanuel "Chivo" Lubezki (Gravity) and Claudio Miranda (Life of Pi), have expressed interest in finishing their films in an HDR format.

The International Telecommunication Union is currently reviewing four HDR proposals, from Dolby, the BBC, Philips and Technicolor.

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