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Color Grading: Dolby Vision / HDR

Netflix Originals are mastered, packaged, and delivered in the Dolby Vision format. From this package, we derive Dolby Vision, HDR10, and SDR streams for Netflix customers to enjoy.

Please Note: Integrated (software) CMU v4 is currently not supported.

What is needed

  • Professional HDR monitor

    • Dolby Vision certified

    • P3 D65, PQ / ST.2084, ≥1000 cd/m2
  • Professional SDR monitor

    • Rec.709, BT.1886 / Gamma 2.4, 100 cd/m2

  • Color grading software with Dolby Vision support

    • Filmlight Baselight

    • DaVinci Resolve

    • Nucoda FilmMaster

    • Autodesk Lustre

    • Quantel Rio
  • Content Mapping Unit (CMU) System (per Dolby specification)

    • Please Note: For software using the integrated (software) CMU, v2.9 is considered current. Trims/exports/conversions created with v4 integrated CMU are not accepted at this time.
  • Dolby Vision License

    • Activates CMU and color grading plug-in

  • Dolby Vision Training
    • Training and support provided by Dolby to use the above tools to master Dolby Vision

Who to contact

What to deliver

Dolby Vision VDM (Video Display Master)

  • 16-bit TIFF frame sequence

    • Color Space: P3 D65, PQ (ST.2084), full-range

  • Dolby Vision XML file containing accurate metadata*


* Please ensure that all XML metadata is accurate, including Color Encoding, Mastering Display, and Aspect Ratio. Please use Dolby's metafier validation to ensure that there are no errors in the metadata.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions related to this topic can be found in our dedicated "High Dynamic Range & Dolby Vision" FAQ Section.

If you do not find your question in our FAQs then please Submit A Request.


Change Log:

2018-09-28

  • Introduction: Added "Please Note: Integrated (software) CMU v4 is currently not supported."
  • Content Mapping Unit (CMU) System: Added "Please Note: For software using the integrated (software) CMU, v2.9 is considered current. Trims/exports/conversions created with v4 integrated CMU are not accepted at this time."

2018-07-31

  • What is Needed: Removed references to specific HDR monitors.
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