Color Grading for Netflix

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.


Color grading suite requirement

  • Professional HDR monitor (Dolby-Vision certified, >1000 cd/m2)

    • Sony BVM-X300 (30 inch, 4K)

    • Dolby Pulsar (42 inch, HD)

    • Canon DV-2420 (24 inch, 4K)

    • Other HDR reference monitors as certified by Dolby for Dolby Vision HDR grading
  • 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)

  • Dolby Vision License

    • Activates CMU and color grading plug-in

  • Dolby Vision Training

What to deliver for netflix?

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.



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Built on years of research, development and production experience, Mistika empowers facilities with new levels of creative power, performance and workflow efficiency, revolutionising what it means to deliver for a client. More than a simple grading system, Mistika is a complete online and finishing solution, sitting at the heart of the world’s most innovative facilities.

Hollywood movies graded in SGO MISTIKA

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Mistika is a total post-production solution. With world class conform, online editing, VFX, colour-grading, stereoscopic 3D and delivery tools built in, Mistika stands as the creative foundation for any facility. All tools are instantly available, allowing creativity to be fully explored with speed and accuracy, guaranteeing the perfect end result for a client. And with the ability to jump seamlessly between tasks, Mistika removes the need to bounce media between functional areas within a post-facility; projects can be managed and completed within a single software package, without the need for time-consuming renders between production stages.

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HDR Color Grading Solutions


HDR requires high contrast with deep blacks & bright whites, not just brighter pixels. Simply making a scene brighter isn’t the solution and can skew the creative intent of a scene. 

Different types of content (theatrical, live sports, local news, and music videos), benefit from different approaches. An old TV show (vintage color correction) does not require the same level of remastering for HDR that a new theatrical release would require. Creating content now in HDR provides greater flexibility, even if the final delivery format is not HDR. Expanding the dynamic range of content to improve the experience while preserving artistic intent is what we do best. Our services include a range of solutions for both existing libraries and new content creation from camera original RAW content.

HDR color grading services are available at Pixel House post production facilities in Dubai, UAE. Projects will be graded to the HDR specifications set forth by the UHD Alliance by colorist Sudip Shrestha.

Mail : Sudip@pixelhouse.ae for booking a schedule.


High Dynamic Range Camera - 17+f stops

High Dynamic Range Camera - 17+f stops

Contrast’s amp®HDR camera system is the most efficient HDR video system in the world. Combine the ampHDR camera with our proprietary (developed in-house), real-time merging and tone-mapping algorithms and an HDR monitor, and the integrated system produces and displays accurate, real-life scenes with displayed luminance ranges that go far beyond what is possible with any other camera.

The HDR system employs Contrast’s patented amp image-splitting and combining technology to compose a single video stream from multiple sensors. The video stream can be recorded raw or tone mapped (to 8 bits per color for standard display, 10 bits for HDMI Deep Color, or 16 bits for HDR display) and output via HDMI, DVI, HD-SDI or other formats. Contrast’s merging algorithm — a proprietary mix of real time merging, blending and horsepower — handles exposure separations of 5 stops or more. 

Contrast’s amp technology provides unsurpassed image quality, especially when lighting is difficult to control:

  • Medical endoscopy
  • Manufacturing inspection, evaluation and quality control
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  • Scientific experiments
  • Film and video: sports events, nature documentaries
  • Underwater photography
  • Real estate – portable real time video displays
  • Consumer cell phone cameras and digital cameras

LEARN HDR - Tery Ratchliff

Trey Ratcliff is a pioneer High Dynamic Range photographer. HDR photography is a new paradigm in art that creates images like no one has ever seen before. The first HDR photograph to hang in the Smithsonian was Trey's. He has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and the BBC, and his photos have accumulated more than 50 million views on Flickr and SmugMug.

Trey Ratcliff is a pioneer High Dynamic Range photographer. HDR photography is a new paradigm in art that creates images like no one has ever seen before. The first HDR photograph to hang in the Smithsonian was Trey's. He has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and the BBC, and his photos have accumulated more than 50 million views on Flickr and SmugMug.

HDR is short for High Dynamic Range. It is a post-processing task of taking either one image or a series of images, combining them, and adjusting the contrast ratios to do things that are virtually impossible with a single aperture and shutter speed.

An HDR image is commonly made by taking three photos of the same scene, each at different shutter speeds. The result is a bright, medium, and dark photo, based on the amount of light that got through the lens. A software process then combines all the photos to bring details to the shadows and highlights both. This helps to achieve the same task in the final photograph that the human eye can accomplish on the scene.

And yes, you can make an HDR out of a single photo as well.

Find more tutorials at Tery Ratchliff offical website and blog.

Dolby Vision - HDR & Future

Technology has moved far beyond current TV and movie imaging standards. Dolby Vision takes full advantage of what’s possible. This end-to-end solution delivers a dramatically different visual experience that fully expresses the original creative intent. Dolby Vision enhances today’s viewing experiences and is ready for the next wave of innovation from TV, movies, games, and streaming services.

The Dolby format offers a high dynamic range (HDR), meaning a wider range between the whitest whites and blackest blacks in a picture, along with features including a greater contrast ratio and color gamut. It can be projected in theaters with a Dolby Vision projection system that use Christie laser projectors.

Dolby researched human visual perception of luminance changes, then developed a new quantization curve based on those findings. The goal was to specify brightness levels from 0 to 10,000 cd/m2 using 10-bit or 12-bit encoding. The resulting PQ curve, approved as SMPTE Standard 2084, replaces gamma for Dolby Vision image encoding. In post-production, this means the image must be graded twice—one time for the standard P3 color space that most cinema viewers will see, and then again in the PQ format that specifies characteristics of the HDR version. Read this 2014 SMPTE presentation by Dolby Labs researcher Scott Miller for the nitty-gritty. 

Disney's Tomorrowland   -- the first theatrical release in Dolby VIsion.

Disney's Tomorrowland -- the first theatrical release in Dolby VIsion.

Tomorrowland was graded on DaVinci Resolve already has ablility to grade and master in Dolby Vision Format.