UPDTATED: Probably The Best Display of HDRx so far
UPDATE(I’ve added two videos I found since this post eariler, one that really explains the process while showing you the shot (which is the Vimeo embed), and another one that just shows the ability of hdrx compared to normal capture; though i will say, the last shot of the (2nd) youtube of chicago under the underpass just looks like they are stopping down; but they aren’t, they just didn’t blend the darks and lights as well as I think they should’ve, the proof of it is in the detail left in the dark areas, even if it appears too dark on viewing. Scroll to the bottom for the UPDATE
In case your still confused about what HDRX does, take a peek at this video. It’s pretty self-explanatory, but, in case your wondering why people find that “grayish” footage pleasing, they don’t. It’s not supposed to stay that grayish color (mostly), but what your seeing is not a haze or a grey color hue, what you are instead seeing is a mix of highlight and shadow detail at the same time. Most cameras can only adjust to one or the other. In HDR photography, the photographer will snap at least 3 photos of the same subject; 1 under-exposed (dark looking, to keep the details of the really bright areas of the picture), 1 over-exposed (really bright, keeps the details of the shadow areas of your picture), and 1 normally exposed (what your camera takes on auto; not exceptional, not bad, just kind of bland mix of shadow and highlight that fails to show much detail or emphasis in either), and then he’ll combine those 3 pictures to make a vibrant, highly detailed picture.
HDRx is a capability on the new RED Epic and Sclarlet cameras that allows them to implement this concept actively, during filming at full 5k resolution at multiple frame rates. They’ve made it so you can adjust it all the way to HDRx + 6 which will give you 18 stops of dynamic range, which is 3 full stops beyond film! This is beyond unprecedented, it is, quite simply, revolutionary.
The purpose of getting all that detail is not to get the grey look, but to be able to give the film a certain look using color and exposure without losing much, if any, detail of either bright or dark areas. So, basically, once that grey look is colored, it will look amazingly brilliant, detailed, and filmic because it did all that while still keeping the intricacies of the visual scene in tact.
UPDATED NEW VIDEOS
and the second (chicago) one
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