At the end of September, Southern and Thames Valley Centres came together to host a presentation on Ultra-HD and 4k TV by Richard Salmon and Manish Pindoria from the globally respected BBC Research and Development
The two engineers offered an overview of TV formats, from the beginning of television through to the latest research and proposed standards for the new digital video format, Ultra-HD.
The presentation, which was hosted by Queen Mary College, Basingstoke, covered not only putting extra pixels on screen, but also making them “better pixels”. “We should be trying to make television look like real life,” said Salmon.
As well as higher resolution images, ultra-HD TV also looks to offer higher dynamic range and improved audio.
The technical challenges of ultra-HD and 4k TV, explained Salmon and Pindoria, extend to the production environment where programme-makers will have to work at a higher resolution and with a wider colour gamut.
The evening concluded with demonstrations of the astonishing picture quality that can be achieved by one of the latest LG OLED 4K TVs.