High Dynamic Range (HDR) video offers much more than simply brighter whites and deeper blacks. With the ability to deliver a much greater peak brightness of up to 10,000 nits, a wider colour gamut that meets the BT.2100 standard, and the opportunity to display smoother gradients between colours and shades in 10-bit, HDR video brings a more pronounced improvement in video presentation than moving from Full HD to 4K resolution.
While an HDR compatible display is needed to grade, edit and view HDR video content, you have more freedom when it comes to recording footage for an HDR production. You can either capture an expansive dynamic range with Canon Log and grade to HDR in post, or record directly in HDR. A number of Canon professional camcorders and Canon Cinema EOS cameras offer the convenience of recording HLG and PQ formats internally, saving you post-production time and budget.
So, which Canon cameras are best for HDR video? How should you shoot with HDR deliverables in mind? And what do you need to take into account when planning an HDR workflow? Paul Atkinson, Pro Video Product Specialist at Canon Europe, explores these questions, with insights from Sonny Sheridan, Senior Colourist at top UK post-production house The Farm.