High Dynamic Range

The EBU helps its Members use High Dynamic Range (HDR) to provide stunning images. This forms part of the work performed in the EBU Video Systems group.

HDR Live Production Workshop

The EBU is organizing a hands-on workshop for its Members (18-20 Nov 2019) to understand how best to produce live in HDR, including how to create an SDR signal in parallel, the use of converters and the impact of using (legacy) replay servers. See the HDR Live Production Workshop page for more details.

Testing HDR equipment

The EBU is organizing testing of HDR implementations in various devices. Current focus is on NLEs (Adobe Premiere, Black Magic DaVinci Resolve, Apple Final Cut Pro) and professional converters.

EBU Members are invited to participate. Send an e-mail to: dejong@ebu.ch to get involved.

HDR guidance

Key publications

EBU BPN 114 provides EBU Members with an introduction to HDR.
EBU Tech Report 038 contains the results of subjective tests, which show HLG10 and PQ10 are equivalent in terms of visual quality.
EBU Tech Report 047 provides an overview of the quality of professional HDR monitors and how to measure them.
EBU Tech 3320 specifies the characteristics of Grade 1,2 and 3 professional monitors. It includes HDR since version 4.0.
EBU Tech 3325s1 10 additional test colours for grade 1 professional HDR monitors.

Video recordings

The following three presentations from Andrew Cotton (BBC) provide a wealth of information on HDR:

- UHDTV: Live HDR production best practices (recorded at the IBC 2019) <- publicly available.
- HDR from theory to practical implementation (recorded at the EBU Production Technology Seminar 2019).
- Building a UHD HDR (incl. WCG) Ecosystem (recorded at the EBU Production Technology Seminar 2018).

You may also be interested in this webinar where Dagmar Driesnack (IRT) and Virginie Drugeon (Panasonic) discuss UHD/HDR distribution aspects.

The "How to migrate from HD to UHD" panel led by Andy Quested (BBC) during the EBU Production Technology Seminar 2019 touches on HDR in terms of broadcasters' production and distribution strategies.

In terms of Members' experiences, see the presentation Daniel Marini (RAI) gave at the EBU Technology Production Seminar 2018 about creating stunning promos in HDR.


If you have any questions on HDR or related topics, check out the Video Systems group for more details. You can also contact us by e-mail.

Exchange of XAVC test files

EBU Members are sharing UHD HDR material to validate the metadata generated by various production tools. EBU Members have access by joining the Video Systems group.

HDR test material

At the European Athletics Championchips 2018, EBU Members and technical partners trialled UHD HDR HFR with NGA in a live setting. Test sequences of this event are available for technical tests. Conditions and more information you can find on the Test Sequences page.

Selected sequences of the RTS Montreux Jazz Festival 2017 project are available to EBU Members. If you are an EBU Member interested to receive a copy, please send us an e-mail.

How was the Montreux Jazz UHD HDR material created?

Watch the making-of video to understand how the material was created and what kind of learnings RTS obtained from the project. EBU Members may also want to watch the presentation given by Derya Aydemir (SRG/SRR) at the EBU Production Technology Seminar 2018.

The inaugural European Championships in summer 2018 provided a perfect opportunity to test several emerging technologies. This issue of tech-i looks at what was done in terms of both production and distribution, covering advanced video and audio formats and potential 5G approaches.