Rohde & Schwarz Workstation Supports HDR

Rohde & Schwarz has produced a new workstation called the R&S Clipster that is designed to support the mastering of video with UltraHD resolution, wide colour gamuts and HDR based on Dolby Vision and HDR10 (PQ, SMPTE2086). It has also added support for new HEVC and ProRes 444 XQ formats.

A highlight of R&S Clipster 6.2 is the enhancement of the HDR workflow to include image processing with floating point processing. This enables the wide dynamic range of the HDR material to be precisely converted. The company said that it has succeeded in importing a high-quality master such as a linear OpenEXR file and rendering it in the output color space with the appropriate quantization (12-bit PQ/SMPTE ST 2086). This is necessary in order to meet the constantly growing HDR color management requirements. R&S Clipster 6.2 is intended to take the next step toward a flexible HDR mastering solution. In addition, an optimized architecture and the accelerated hardware enable image processing in realtime up to 4K 120p. Other features include support for the Avid DNxHR codecs and the ability to process HDR metadata for Dolby Cinema.

Stephen Birdsong, Product Manager Post Production Solutions at Rohde & Schwarz says: “We have worked very hard on making R&S Clipster what it is today – the standard for DCI and IMF mastering. The system is extremely versatile in post production and supports numerous workflows. Users appreciate the absolutely reliable playback over professional display interfaces as well as the realtime, timeline-based image processing. Post production providers rely on this proven solution to meet the high delivery requirements for film and TV productions.”

The new version of the R&S Clipster 6.1 mastering station will be available in the third quarter of 2016.