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DPP joins call for one HDR standard

The Digital Production Partnership (DPP), which originated as a consortium of British broadcasters, has become a significant international player during 2015. A not for profit membership body for six months, and now 115 strong with recent newcomers including SMPTE and Arqiva, it has announced partnerships with the North American Broadcast Association (NABA) and AMWA.

Managing director Mark Harrison, director of the BBC Technology futures group, lit up its annual IBC gathering with the news: “8000 programmes in the UK have delivered successfully on file since last October.”

His colleague Dan Cherowbrier said: “What we have now is an evolving business model – changing the way we work and changing the way audiences respond. It is becoming quite seismic. What we need to do is to come together in collective intelligence.”

DPP has published a guide to digital archiving, taking a longer-term view than its earlier 10 things to know about digital storage. This is about a principle of digital preservation and the commonly used NASA standard.

New 10 Things to Know booklets cover connectivity, UHD, and IP. The big news hung on a coming DPP spec for producers to deliver HDR content to broadcasters. It has shied away from HEVC and stayed with the AVC H.264 family of codecs. Expect an upgraded AS-11. 

It will use Rec. 2020 for colour space and support 50p frame rate. “HDR is the area with the least agreement across the board for a single standard,” said Rowan de Pomerai. “We will support SMPTE PQ and the BBC/NHK Gamma HDR systems, but would very much like to get to a single standard.”