AJA FS-HDR Real Time HDR/WCG Conversion
The AJA FS-HDR Real Time HDR/WCG Conversion is a 1RU, rackmount, universal converter/frame synchronizer, is designed specifically to meet the High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) needs of broadcast, OTT, production, post and live event AV environments, where real time, low latency processing and color fidelity is required for 4K/UltraHD and 2K/HD workflows. Developed in partnership with Colorfront, the FS-HDR’s HDR/WCG functionality is powered by Colorfront Engine™ proprietary video processing algorithms.
In Single Channel mode, FS-HDR also serves as a full, 1-Channel up, down, cross-converter for 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD HDR transformation. In 4-Channel mode, FS-HDR offers 4 independent channels of 2K/HD HDR/WCG transformations as well as up, down, and cross conversions.
FS-HDR for Real Time HDR Workflows
Deliver more immersive content to audiences with the power and flexibility of AJA FS-HDR. See how FS-HDR and the Colorfront Engine can simplify real time HDR/WCG transformations, and makes it easy to maintain the look you’ve worked to achieve across SDR to HDR, HDR to HDR and HDR to SDR for both 4K and HD needs.
Learn more about the device’s extensive capabilities, including extensive camera log translations and more.
Real Time Camera LOG Conversions
The pursuit of High Dynamic Range (HDR) is the dream of getting closer to the Human Visual System (HVS) in all that we experience as viewers. FS-HDR has been designed to get us all there faster with a low profile, stand-alone and real time device uniquely designed to bridge SDR to HDR, HDR to SDR and HDR to HDR, all in real time.
- HDR to HDR
- HDR to SDR
- SDR to HDR
- BT.709 and BT.2020
Up and Down Conversions:
- Converting HD SDR BT.709 sources to UltraHD HDR BT.2020
- Converting UltraHD HDR BT.2020 sources to HD SDR BT.709 or HD HDR BT.2020
Real Time HDR Converter
FS-HDR can take incoming imagery from some of the most popular professional cameras in the world today and convert their LOG output in real time to 4K/UltraHD or 2K/HD and output as either HDR or SDR. This greatly simplifies workflows in a mixed camera environment and provides for a unified input workflow to HDR or SDR capable switchers and more. Additionally, FS-HDR provides the ability to convert to Sony S-Log3 S-Gamut on output from any of these sources for workflows requiring this Log feed to compatible switchers and more.
FS-HDR’s HDR/WCG capabilities leverage video and color space processing algorithms within the Colorfront Engine™, specially licensed by AJA from Colorfront, and developed by Colorfront’s CTO Bill Feighter and Lead Engineer Tamas Perlaki.
Powered by the Colorfront Engine, FS-HDR’s extensive HDR and WCG processing support enables real time processing of a single channel of 4K/UltraHD/2K/HD including down-conversion to HD HDR or up to four channels of 2K/HD simultaneously. FS-HDR also enables the conversion of popular camera formats from multiple vendors into the HDR space, plus conversion to and from BT.2020/BT.709 as needed, critical for the widespread acceptance of HDR alongside SDR in broadcast and OTT workflows.
Colorfront Engine Live mode provides conversions and controls that support live applications such as broadcast, OTT, A/V, and venue.
Colorfront Engine Film mode provides conversions and controls, including ASC CDL, for applications such as on-set camera preview and look creation.
The Academy Color Encoding System (ACES) is becoming an industry standard for managing color throughout the life cycle of a motion picture or television production. From capture through editing, VFX, mastering, public presentation, archiving and future remastering, ACES ensures a consistent color experience that preserves the creative vision.
FS-HDR v3.0 adds an ACES Grading Colorspace and offers ACEScct Input and Output Dynamic Ranges for realtime integration with ACES workflows.
SDR Preview Mode
The Colorfront Engine SDR Preview Mode allows a user to quickly see what an HDR output will look like if it were converted to SDR by an FS-HDR. This is extremely useful in functions like camera shading, where the operator is making adjustments to an HDR camera while viewing the image on an HDR display. A key question is “what will this picture look like when down converted to SDR?” The FS-HDR’s unique SDR Preview mode provides a fast way to answer this question without requiring an HDR to SDR equipment chain or reconfiguring the existing HDR monitor.
When SDR Preview is enabled, the Colorfront Engine maps the video into the currently selected HDR space (PQ or HLG), but with values that will exactly represent the SDR image. This eliminates the time normally required to change the output format to SDR and the wait for the display to reconfigure. By simply controlling the on/off state of SDR Preview (from the front panel, Web GUI, or GPI), the operator can make quick, glitch free A/B comparisons of the HDR and SDR images.
Up, Down, Cross-Conversion
Moving to 4K is never an instant change. Legacy signals and archival material need to be integrated into the 4K environment while 4K/UltraHD sources need to be down-converted for current 2K/HD pipelines.
Utilizing AJA’s remarkable conversion algorithms, FS-HDR supports up, down, cross-conversion from 2K/HD/SD to 4K or UltraHD video and back over 12G/6G/3G-SDI video. Both Square Division (SQD) and Two Sample Interleave (2SI) pixel mapping formats are supported.
AJA’s powerful hardware conversion technology ensures the highest image quality for your productions. Key conversion features include:
4K/UltraHD/2K/HD/SD up, down-conversion
SD/SD aspect ratio conversion
HD/HD cross-conversion (720p/1080i)
All done in beautiful 10-bit with dedicated hardware.