You’ve Heard of HDR Now Get Ready for XDR
You’ve Heard of HDR; Now Get Ready for XDR
As you may have heard, one of the most interesting recent developments in video is HDR (High Dynamic Range). HDR provides greater contrast between dark and light, greater detail and subtlety in the midrange, and a wider color gamut than standard video. But now Apple promises to surpass HDR with XDR (Extreme Dynamic Range).
Most video experts believe HDR does more to improve the viewer’s experience of the picture than 4K, 5K, or 8K resolution does. To get more out of 4K than conventional HD, you probably have to sit within six feet of the screen, maybe even three feet, but you’ll notice the difference with HDR at almost any distance.
And HDR consumes far less of your internet data allotment than 4K and higher resolutions do. HD HDR requires only 25% more data than conventional HD, while 4K requires four times as much.
Does Apple have a better idea with XDR?
As good as HDR is, though, Apple thinks it has an even better idea. A few days ago, it released the Apple Pro Display XDR, a 32-inch monitor.
According to the company’s press release, the new monitor takes the HDR concept to a much higher performance standard. The new Apple monitor’s brightness level consistently reaches 1,000 ‘nits’, while most displays rarely reach much more than 350 nits. And the monitor’s peak or ‘burst’ brightness level is a full 1,600 nits. No other monitor for the consumer market approaches this level, and only commercial broadcast calibration monitors can surpass it.
In addition, the XDR display produces a contrast level of up to a million to one. This is an order of magnitude higher than the contrast level available with any other commonly available display.
The XDR monitor also provides more precise backlight control and a far wider viewing angle, for up to 25 times better off-axis contrast than you’d see on a typical LCD screen.
There is one massive drawback with Apple’s new display technology: the cheapest version will sell for more than $5,000.00. As the technology matures, we expect, you’ll see less expensive versions. At any rate, you will soon hear far more about XDR video.
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