Bringing last minute game changer feature to our device, right prior to shipping, has been our signature move since nearly a decade. We are proud to announce another World First feature for Integral: Live HDR and InfoFrame Metadata Injector.

We have added a proof of concept for that HDR and Infoframe Metadata injector in the Integral USB GUI for Windows PC, available from the download tab on integral product page.

If you are not yet aware of HDR and its benefits, please read below.

HDR is one of the pillars of the next generation 4K UHD content that is just on the verge of arriving to the 4K TVs also now being released with HDR compatibility.

HDR, short for high dynamic range, is a new content enhancement formatting that greatly increases the possible contrast ratio on ultra HD content from broadcast, Blu-ray and streaming sources. The result is a much richer and sharper image that consumers notice for its quality even more easily than they notice the pure resolution provided by 4K.

For this reason, many content creators and broadcasters, as well as the major manufacturers of 4K TVs, are so interested in advancing HDR as quickly as they can to the consumer market. Its qualities are highly visible and could play an enormous part in making 4K content even more attractive than it is thanks to its resolution enhancements.

In the forward drive to revolutionize TV display vibrancy in ways that make it into something dramatically better than any TV before, color and brightness are two of the key battlefields that need to be conquered, in addition to ultra HD TV resolution itself.

HDR itself is known to be crucial because while UHD is only easy to note from certain distances and depending on screen size, the higher contrasts of HDR are immediately visible to any viewer on any TV screen size from any distance at all. In basic terms, a lot of broadcasters and content studios are for the idea that a metaphorical ounce of HDR contrast augmentation is worth a whole pile of pixels.

Finally, another benefit of HDR that’s worth mentioning is its lack of a compression penalty. While higher resolution and more frame rates mean bigger bandwidth costs, HDR technology can be implemented without requiring more data transfer capacity. This means that aside from standardization and technical perfection, implementing HDR will be much easier than implementing 4K resolution. HDR could even be added to regular HD content if HDTVs are built to display it.

Further software solution for a complete live and real time handling of infoframe and HDR metadata with Integral will be offered and announced shortly through an exclusive partnership underway.