As you’ve learned from our guide to HDR video, HDR video is very much the future of TV, cinema and experiential – alongside 4K/UHD and unlike 3D. It offers wider colour gamuts and more detail in highlights and shadows for a more pleasing, exciting and/or immersive experience. 

So how do you create content that can be displayed on HDR-capable screens, TV sets and projectors?

First off, video needs to be captured using cameras that can match the dynamic range of film – which is approximately 13 stops of exposure.

How to capture HDR video

Here are the current range of professional video/digital film cameras that offer similar or even wider dynamic range than negative film.

Arri’s Alexa offers over 14 stops of dynamic range, with with special consideration given to highlight treatment. “Alexa’s wide exposure latitude translates into a 'thick' digital negative,” claims Arri. “There is more detail information in the highlights and in the dark areas than any of the current display technologies can disclose.”

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