Event Type: 
Section Meeting
Event Date: 
Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 18:15 to 20:45
200 Grays Inn Road
WC1X 8XZ London
United Kingdom
Event Details: 

Following IBC 2016, we take a look at HDR with key proponents of both PQ and HLG technologies
To see which best fits the needs of the Television and Cinema industries-
what is each systems trying to achieve and is there a place for both?

With the rapid take-up of high dynamic range and wide colour gamut in production,
and the increasing availability of TV Sets and Cinema Projectors capable of displaying
these superb images faithfully, we need to standardise and deploy systems that satisfy:

  • Compatibility with existing TV Systems, where necessary
  • Best use of the bit-depth available without suffering artifacts (Barten Ramp)
  • Viable conversion between formats, as part of the “HDR Ecosystem”

Note that this meeting was over half full on 1 September  - Priority is being given to SMPTE members -  

and became full on 6 September.

please use wait list .... But this is a very popular topic ..... And will be covered in different ways across the UK. 

Not a Member Join us and Join in.  Or book another SMPTE  UK meeting 
There will be a similar meeting after NAB at S-a-m Newbury on 9 May 2017

With two leading standards: Perceptual Quantisation and Hybrid Log Gamma,
both excellent in their own rights at delivering perfect pictures to the screen,
we have to delve into the delivery of those pictures and the simple practicality
in both Cinematic and Domestic display.

Chaired by Andy Quested  who chairs the ITU HDR Group
We will hear compelling explanations from
Prinyar Boon from Dolby on Dolby Vision, which is PQ/Display Reference based 
and Tim Borer/Andy Cotton from BBC on HLG/Scene Referenced systems

A description  of both PQ and HLR is given in
ITU-R BT.2390 “High dynamic range television for production and international programme exchange”
and in ITU_R BT 2100 : Image parameter values for high dynamic range television for use
in production and international programme exchange (previously known as ITU-R BT[HDR])

Come and network with others across our industries and beyond- formal meeting starts 19h00
SMPTE UK Thanks itv for the venue and to SMPTE UK supports for the ample refreshments.


Andy Quested, ITU
Andy Quested started working as a Technical Assistant at the BBC in 1978 working in the telecine
and videotape departments before becoming an editor in 1986. Andy worked as an editor across
a range of BBC output but is best known as the editor of Keeping Up Appearances! 
In 2000 Andy moved to the BBC Technology Group taking a lead in the BBC’s strategies
for HD, 3D, UHD, QC and file workflows. Currently Andy is leading the work for the
BBC’s automated quality control project and also chairs the EBU strategic Quality Control programme. 

Now Working as Head of Technology BBC HD & UHD, BBC Design and Engineering
he is an ITU Rapporteur Group chair and now chair of WP6C,Andy has lead international work
on 3D, QC, UHDand the group looking at HDR standards in which role he chairs this debate.

Prinyar Boon, Dolby
Director Eng and Support, Broadcast Systems and E-Media, Dolby Europe.
Prin has been working in the Broadcast TV industry since the mid 80’s and has worked on the design
of equipment in many parts of the Broadcast chain, digital cinema standardisation
and home theatre systems. He joined Dolby Laboratories in 2009 working on the deployment
of Broadcast and OTT multichannel audio production and transmission systems.
He is now a Systems Architect in the Dolby Broadcast Group concentrating on the development
and standardisation of Immersive and Object Audio for next generation Broadcast Television

Tim Borer, BBC
A Lead Engineer at BBC Research & Development, currently focusing on aspects of UHDTV
such as high dynamic range and high frame rates. Previously Tim led the video compression team
at BBC R&D, developing "Dirac" and the SMPTE VC-2 compression standard.
He maintains an interest in compression for production.
Prior to the BBC he designed professional broadcasting equipment, including motion compensated
standards converters and compression equipment, for both Snell and Harris.
Tim holds degrees in video processing, electronics and physics.He is a Chartered Engineer (MIET),
a senior member of the IEEE  and a newly elected SMPTE Fellow. ..

Andy Cotton, BBC
Principal Technologist within BBC R&D’s Broadcast & Connected Systems Section.
He has a background in video compression and image processing. Andrew and his team
are responsible for maintaining the technical integrity of the BBC’s acquisition, production, playout
and IP distribution systems. Andrew joined BBC Research in 1987 after graduating from the
University of Oxford with a BA in Engineering Science.
He spent 7 years in industry working for a leading broadcast equipment manufacturer
but returned to the BBC in 2002.


Itv at 200 Grays Inn Road is equidistant from Chancery Lane Central line – walk up Grays Inn Road
 and Russell Square Piccadilly line  - turn right from the exit and then Right and Left into Guildford Street
heading east – and turn Right into Grays Inn Road at the Traffic lights  see map