What is HDR?
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. “Dynamic range” is the range from the brightest brights to the darkest darks of an image.
The HDR acronym has different meanings to different industries. For example, in still-photography, combining multiple exposures into a single “HDR” image is common. However, this is not the way we think about HDR at Netflix.
For Netflix, HDR is about delivering a better image to our customers. Our DPs (Directors of Photography) are capturing HDR today. Traditionally, this has been compressed down to a lower dynamic range when viewing and mastering.
Now, we can master and deliver the full dynamic range that was captured, making for much more dramatic and natural looking images.