[Tig] DPX floating point support initiative?

Bob Friesenhahn bfriesen
Mon Apr 3 18:48:21 BST 2006

Thanks to oktobor for supporting the TIG
On Mon, 3 Apr 2006, Cyril Pertsev wrote:
> I'm aware, but I haven't seen those files myself, especially compared to 
> 10-bit ones. We recently run a test across Arriscan, Spirit4K and Northlight 
> by sending all 3 companies a test reel (we were on the market for a new 
> scanner). They were free to choose a scanning method and file format and they 
> all choose 10bit log. Maybe it doesn't mean anything :-)
> And AFAIK this format is still integer log encoded. Not float.

Right.  10 bit log comes very close to capturing what these scanners 
are able to do.  The scanner sensor and A/D electronics are likely 
good for 12-14 bits of linear precision, but other factors rapidly 
become dominant.  Besides, film itself varies quite a bit so there is 
little value to capturing more than 10 bit log.  It is more useful to 
capture more spacial resolution.

> BTW, are there any applications able to read (and optionally write) 16-bit 
> DPX? Except for gm of course :-)

Certainly Grass Valley's Bones and FilmLight's Baselight.  I am 
interested to hear of others.

BTFW, 16-bit DPX as implemented by Grass Valley and FilmLight is 
implemented the way a reasonable person would envision things, and 
*not* the way the specification says to do it.

Bob Friesenhahn
bfriesen at simple.dallas.tx.us, http://www.simplesystems.org/users/bfriesen/
GraphicsMagick Maintainer,    http://www.GraphicsMagick.org/

Tig list - http://tig.oktobor.com/mailman/listinfo/tig
TIG wiki: http://tig.colorist.org/wiki

More information about the Tig mailing list