• Dolby Vision

    Images that engage your senses and stir your emotions—Dolby Vision brings entertainment to life before your eyes through a connection between display technology and specially mastered content.

    A Dramatically Different Viewing Experience

    Feel the drama of a blazing orange sunset over deep turquoise waters, or the power of red metallic muscle cars racing through city streets at night. Be moved as Dolby Vision™ images captivate your senses with astonishing brightness, incomparable contrast, and brilliant color you can feel.

    With a wider color gamut and high dynamic range (HDR), Dolby Vision revolutionizes the viewing experience in cinema and on TV, complementing ultra high-definition (UHD) TV (4K), so even the best TVs get better.

     

    Dramatically Richer

    A richer and larger palette of color for stories: every shade, every hue, every storyline is as powerful as it gets. Dramas are more dramatic, adventures more exciting, mysteries more intriguing.

    With Dolby Vision, this cityscape explodes with electric color.

    Dramatically Brighter

    Content mastered in Dolby Vision is up to 40 times brighter than content on conventional displays. Highlights and images blaze out brightly from the screen. You get a finer sense of dimension, with more natural depth and shading.

    The blast from the fire-eater's mouth radiates with heat you can almost feel.

    Dramatically Darker

    When scenes are dark and shadows well defined, powerful emotion and drama come through. With a larger range of blacks and sharper contrast, you not only see and feel the difference, you sense fine details.

    Details like the boxer's sweat and his tense muscles come to life in Dolby Vision.

    Images that engage your senses and stir your emotions—Dolby Vision brings entertainment to life before your eyes through a connection between display technology and specially mastered content.

    A Dramatically Different Approach

    The Dolby Vision viewing experience begins with the creative concept. Once the visuals are captured with HDR cameras, postproduction techniques enable Dolby Vision distribution channels to deliver content to equipped TVs and cinema screens. This technology gives content creators a broader range of possibilities for expressing their creative vision. And Dolby Vision unleashes the dramatic difference.

     

    Ecosystem Infographic

    An Ecosystem for Better Storytelling 

    The Spark of a Story 

    In the past, filmmakers and content creators had to limit their creativity, knowing that their vision would be truncated throughout the process. But with Dolby Vision, directors have total control over brightness, highlights, and contrast. They can now envision greater drama and deliver more spectacular experiences. 

    Capturing the Complete Story 

    Video technology has advanced greatly over the past few years, but current broadcast standards still impose limits. With Dolby Vision, creators can now tell their stories the way they intended to by capturing the exact levels of brightness and color and delivering them to your screen. 

    Pushing the Limits of Postproduction 

    After shooting, directors and colorists can expand how they treat footage in dynamic new ways. With the greatest range of color and luminance available, and the most control over contrast and exposure, creators can push the limits of what's possible during postproduction and color grading. 

    Sharing the Story 

    Current limitations of delivery standards for video and cinema require the original content to be re-encoded before it can be distributed, reducing the quality you experience. Dolby Vision technology delivers more information and better images to the cinema or your living room, to help meet your desire for the highest-quality content. 

    Watching the Best 

    The unleashed power of color and light presents a sensory experience found nowhere else except in a Dolby Vision technology enabled TV or cinema. Stories are no longer just seen, they are felt. 

    Dolby Vision White Paper

    The New Standard: Dolby Vision

    With the expanded luminance of Dolby Vision, each scene is created with a range of colors much closer to what that the eye actually sees.

    Images that engage your senses and stir your emotions—Dolby Vision brings entertainment to life before your eyes through a connection between display technology and specially mastered content.

    Brightness Unbound: The Science of the Human Eye

    When your eye detects light, it signals the colors your brain sees. In the real world, the human eye also has the amazing ability to recognize a mixture of dark and light scenes.

    Brightness is measured in a unit called a nit (that is, 1 candela/m2). For example, a sunny day is measured at up to 50,000 nits. Ninety percent of people surveyed prefer a viewing brightness level of up to 20,000 nits and trillions of colors. But today's TVs offer images displayed only at 100 nits and a small subset of colors.

    Now, Dolby Vision delivers the viewing experience that's closer to what we want to see.

    Color Unrestrained: More Than HDR

    There's been a disconnect between what's captured on camera and what can be displayed on TV and in the cinema. Limited to 100 nits, today's standards limit the quality of the signal. This 100-nit signal is much smaller than what most displays are capable of showing, resulting in reproduced images with a narrow dynamic range.

    When the maximum brightness is restricted to 100 nits (as in TV and Blu-ray™), brighter colors quickly become desaturated. For instance, the brightest blue on a restricted display is a mere 7 nits, so a blue sky will never be as bright as it should be.

    To alleviate this problem, content mastered in Dolby Vision creates a signal that can be delivered at 4,000 nits, resulting in more detailed images with greater contrast. Brighter highlights and more nuanced darks go far beyond what is displayed by current HDTV standards.

     

    Technology at Each Point of the System

    Dolby Vision Ecosystem


    Capture and Postproduction

    Dolby Vision allows directors to take full advantage of the technological breakthroughs in today's cameras. Creators can now color-grade content using Dolby Vision prototype reference monitors, which have a dramatically higher dynamic range and wider color gamut to ensure the highest-fidelity master.

    After the reference grade is complete, the Dolby Vision capable color-grading system analyzes and saves metadata that describes the decisions made during the process. The metadata is used throughout the editing, visual effects, color-grading, and encoding processes to ensure the correct information is maintained.

    Postproduction Process

    Distribution and Compatibility with Existing Standards

    Dolby Vision doesn't require new codecs—it is designed to take full advantage of existing codecs, such as AVC and HEVC. The full Dolby Vision signal can be transmitted or transferred as a compatible base layer plus an enhancement layer, which also contains the Dolby Vision metadata.

    The enhancement layer allows the much wider Dolby Vision color space to be delivered using 10- or 12-bit color, versus traditional 8-bit color.

    The HDR and color gamut of the signal increases bandwidth requirements by about 20 to 25 percent and makes a dramatic difference in the images that viewers see on a Dolby Vision enabled display. But if the Dolby Vision signal is sent to a traditional TV without Dolby Vision, the enhancement layer will be ignored and the traditional signal will be displayed.

    The result is that everyone will see the best images that each TV can produce, and those with Dolby Vision TVs will see a huge difference in programs that are mastered in Dolby Vision.

    Dolby Vision Enhanced TV System

    Playback: Unparalleled Creation Copy

    Generating master content that leverages brightness ranges of up to 4,000 nits is just as important as making the master compatible with a wide variety of viewing systems.

    That's why Dolby is working with consumer electronics manufacturers and leading standards organizations in the entertainment industry to ensure that Dolby Vision content can be delivered in a standard way, so audiences can enjoy HDR and wide color-gamut content.

    Now, regardless of HD, UHD (4K), or 8K pixel requirements, stories can be told as realistically as possible.

    Since manufacturers have carefully calibrated Dolby Vision TVs in collaboration with Dolby technicians, you'll see the most accurate possible representation of what the creator intended, for more engaging stories. 

    Dolby Vision Mapping Display Technology

    The metadata that accompanies the Dolby Vision video signal carries information about how the content should be displayed. Using this metadata, display mapping technology in the TV intelligently transforms the full-range signal to produce the best possible output on the target device, preserving more of what the artist created and enabling the Dolby Vision viewing experience.

    Dolby Vision White Paper >

     

    Art of the Better Pixel

    The Development of Dolby Vision

    Instead of just adding more pixels with UHD (4K), we're making each pixel better by sending content mastered in Dolby Vision to a Dolby Vision enabled display.