Harmonic, a specialist in video delivery infrastructure, has created Ultra HD (UHD) content in high dynamic range (HDR) with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Harmonic, which displayed the technology for the first time at CES 2016 last week, joined with partners including Broadcom, LG Electronics, Sigma Designs, STMicroelectronics and ViXS Systems to showcase how content produced and delivered in HDR UHD transcends the current UHD BT 709 video format.
"There has been a lot of buzz in the television industry about HDR UHD, but little content has been produced so far,” Peter Alexander, chief marketing officer at Harmonic.
At CES 2016, Harmonic unveiled the first images from the new NASA TV UHD channel in the “breathtaking new format", Alexander said.
The HDR UHD content shown at CES was created using an end-to-end UHD delivery system from Harmonic. At the heart of the UHD compression workflow is Harmonic's Electra X3 advanced media processor, the industry's first converged media processor for UHD content with live, full-frame, full-GOP UHD encoding. Powered by the Harmonic PURE Compression Engine, an advanced encoding technology that supports resolutions up to 2160p60 (HEVC Main 10) for broadcast and OTT multiscreen delivery, the Electra X3 enables video content and service providers to deliver superior video quality at minimum bandwidth. Additionally, for CES 2016, Harmonic's ProMedia Carbon powered the HDR-10 UHD file transcoding in HEVC/H.265 format.