"Folded Space" will mehr Auflösung und Farbe auf herkömmliche Blu-ray Discs bringen

Die US-Firma "Folded Space" will auf herkömmlichen Blu-ray Discs eine rund 33 % höhere Auflösung und eine höhere Farbtiefe von 12 Bit statt 8 Bit ermöglichen. Durch eine spezielle Codierung sollen mit einem entsprechenden Decoder ausgestattete Blu-ray Disc-Player die Zusatzinformationen auswerten und entsprechend das Bild optimieren können während herkömmliche Blu-ray Disc-Player die Informationen ignorieren und ein ganz normales Bild in herkömmlicher Qualität ausgeben. Folded Space will Film-Anbietern die Encoding-Software kostenlos anbieten während Lizenzeinnahmen von den Herstellern der Blu-ray Disc-Player kommen sollen.

Die höhere Auflösung wird nur mit Blu-ray Discs mit 2,40:1-Seitenverhältnis nutzbar sein: Ähnlich wie früher bei PALplus sollen die für die höhere Auflösung erforderlichen Zusatzinformationen in den "schwarzen Balken" untergebracht werden.

Bislang kann "Folded Space" allerdings noch keinen Industrie-Partner vorweisen, der die neue Technologie unterstützen will.

Press Release

Folded Space, a division of Panamorph, Inc., today announced the availability of DCE encoding/decoding algorithms to deliver deep color movie content for new displays capable of showing the rich, vibrant colors available from original film elements and images captured by new high dynamic range digital cameras. “Real life has a stunning range and depth of colors that has always been muted by limitations in the way content is delivered to the home,” said John Schuermann, who leads business development for Folded Space. “This year’s Consumer Electronic Show was all about HD and UHD/4K displays that can deliver the high dynamic range color needed to finally make video look real. With DCE, studios can now release Blu-ray discs and even next generation UHD/4K physical media to support what’s commonly considered to be the most important, most visual improvement in next generation video.”

The company's proprietary yet simple and fast algorithms process original content with 12-bits per color and imperceptibly encode information about the fine color detail into a standard, backward compatible 8-bit Blu-ray disc. Newer displays and Blu-ray players with the decoding algorithm can then restore a 12-bit equivalent of the original image in support of much greater color range of recently announced displays. In comparison to other proposed content delivery methods that require large amounts of valuable bandwidth or supplementary streams to deliver 12-bit color information, DCE is an extremely efficient process requiring very little additional bandwidth or processing power to deliver true 12-bit equivalent color to compatible displays. The company plans on licensing the encoding algorithm to software partners free of charge to stimulate deep color, high dynamic range content production as soon as possible while licensing the decoding algorithm to player and display partners for a modest fee.

Blu-ray Disc is a trademark of the Blu-ray Disc Association.

About Folded Space

Folded Space, a division of Panamorph, Inc., develops and commercializes proprietary algorithms to encode deeper color and higher resolution information into video content, including its newly developed Deep Color Encoding (DCE) technology as well as Multi Format Encoding (MFE), which delivers content in the UltraWide screen aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 with 33% higher resolution. Panamorph, Inc. is the world's leading manufacturer of anamorphic lenses for home cinema. For further information please contact John Schuermann at john(at)panamorph(dot)com.


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