Company announces algorithm for more vibrant colors on Blu-ray

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The American company Folded Space today announced new encoding and decoding algorithms which, according to the company, should result in more vibrant colors on Blu-ray movies.

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Most displays that accept 12 bit color simply discard the extra bits, but they still call their displays “deep color compatible”. Never mind that players have to be capable of decoding this information. 12 bit color has thus far been a failure because there’s no current way to deliver it. This scheme might help with that, but it won’t change the fact that display and player makers don’t care enough to deal with it. This is pie in the sky and will quickly be eclipsed by 4K technology.

To me, this makes about as much sense as 96khz/24-bit (or even 32-bit) FLAC recordings. 44.1K is already capable of reproducing the highest pitches the human ear is capable of hearing (and a few pitches that can’t be heard), so there’s no reason to go higher. All the extra kilohertz will do is make it possible to record dog whistles… which is useless (even for dog training), unless you have some high-tech speakers that can reproduce these sounds. IDK about the number of bits, but 16-bit tends to sound quite nice, assuming the listener has good headphones/speaker, and that the file doesn’t have any lossy compression artifacts.

there’s a reason why manufactures don’t care about 12-bit technology. 8-bits per color is enough to create the same colors the human eye can see. Perhaps if we could see more colors, this technology would be useful.

Also, I should probably mention that, because most videos are stored in some YUV format (instead of pure RBG), the colors are reduced before the actual compression. Therefore, most recordings can’t even take advantage of 12-bit anything.