Dolby Vision vs HDR10: Which is better and Which One Do You Need?

Dolby Vision Vs HDR 10

Today for you we’re going to compare HDR 10 and Dolby vision and see which one’s better so we’ll get into it right after the jump. What’s the difference between AC 10 and Dolby vision both of them are HDR formats or HDR 10 however is an open source kind of platform where anyone can make anything in HDR 10 without any kind of licensing.  Dolby vision on the other hand you will need to get licensed from Dolby whether you’re a content creator or a manufacturer of TVs, Blu-ray players, Xboxes, PlayStation whatever so that’s the first difference really is that Dolby vision is proprietary and you need licensing whereas HDR 10 is an open platform where anyone can do their own R&D and put HDR 10 into their TV or Blu-ray player whereas a TV manufacturer that wants Dolby vision they go to Dolby they get the licensing.

So now moving on to bit depth or color depth or whatever you want to call it ACR 10 has a 10-bit color spec and Dolby vision has a 12 bit color spec so what does this mean this means that you’re going to get more color out of the Dolby vision or the 12 bit color kind of makes sense so I scoured the internet and found some graphics. Check out exactly what we’re talking about and see yourself.

Dolby Vision vs HDR 10
Image 1

Let’s check the above image here we have 8-bit has 256 levels and you can see the gradient just underneath it you can easily see the vertical bars in this black to white gradient.

Moving on the 10 bit ease you can see a lot smaller and instead of 256 levels we have thousand 24 levels and looking at the black to white and here you can still see vertical bars they are a lot smaller but not as easy to see.

Now, moving over to the 12 bit we have now 4096 levels and from what I can tell I do not see any vertical lines across this black to white gradient.

Dolby Vision

Next one here’s kind of the same thing but tones per channel 8 bit has 256, 10 bit has 1,024 and 12 bit has 4,095 that’s kind of like what we saw in the image 1 but now we’re talking about total possible tones and we go from 16.78 Million on the 8-bit to 1.07 billion on the 10 bits and the 12 bit has a possible 68.68 billion tones or colors. That’s a hell of a lot that’s a lot 68 billion so it has 68 times the amounts as a 10-bit color depth that’s pretty huge.

Alright let’s move on to the image here.

Reference Color gamuts - Dolby Vision

So this is reference color gambits from left to right we’ve got HD which has rec 709 DCI p3 which everybody is talking about right now HDR 10 and then we have rec 2020 from Dolby vision and it said proposed but beyond what current TVs can do.

We’re still at the very forefront of this whole HDR thing. on paper Dolby vision seems better however if you have an Xbox 1s or a ps4 pro you need HDR 10 so this kind of brings up a huge conundrum on what you want to buy what you want to put your hard-earned money into especially if you’re going to buy a TV that’s cost around 2,000 or more than two thousand dollars like you want to know like which one should I get should I get a Samsung that only has HDR ten should I get a Sony don’t only have the H zero ten should I wait and get the so many flagship that has both should I get an LG OLED that has both should I get an LG super UHD TV that only has HDR 10th that’s what we’re here to find out so let’s go into the test footage:

Now a little bit about the test footage I was able to play Marco Polo from Netflix on the TVs Netflix app now the Netflix TV app has Marco Polo in Dolby vision whereas if I go to the Xbox one’s it has the HDR 10 version why does it have these two different versions it’s because the Xbox 1s only supports HDR 10 so that’s what it’s going to output my LG OLED 6 supports both kind of cool that the TV can do that and we’ll look at this footage and check it out I’ve shot both the footage obviously on the LG OLED that I have and it’s been shot in 4k 30 frames per second at 100 megabits so make sure you change the little gear icon to 2160p which is 4k so you can see it at the highest resolution possible all right so let’s get into the footage all right here.

Marco Polo in Dolby Vision Vs HDR 10

In this first scene that we’re going to take a look at here this is Marco Polo on the Left we have Dolby vision and on the right we have HDR 10 both shot on my LG OLED e6 we’re talking about 12 bit color versus 10-bit color basically what’s the difference between HDR 10 and Dolby vision and if you notice on the left like these are like really subtle thing if you notice on the left look at the ground look at the white spaces in between the light blue diamond notice all the dirt, see all this dirt here.

Let’s look at the HDR 10 buried notice there’s not so much dirt these are like the subtle details that you’ll get with the Dolby vision version of the exact same content.  since the color changes are so subtle here you’re not going to find them too much over here okay that’s the first one.

Marco Polo in Dolby Vision Vs HDR 10

Next we have this scene here as you can see here we’ve got highlights that are coming through on the Dolby vision version that we are not getting on the HDR 10 version.  let’s go forward just a little bit in time here and you can see the highlight around the tree on the Dolby vision version but nothing on the HDR 10 version and this goes all the way from the highlight to like what the rider is on the horse pretty much.  Alright so now let’s discuss the two different versions as you saw there is way more color radiation in the sky in the Dolby vision version as opposed to the HDR 10 version.  now that is something that the content creators had total control over and that’s why we get more out of Dolby Vision than we do out of HDR 10.

So, this begs the following two questions which one is better and which one do you need and for me which one do I like better well I like the Dolby vision better the more depth of color there’s more radiations and things like the sky.  Is it something that’s necessary? No it’s not necessary.  Is it going to detract from your movie viewing experience?  No it’s not.  So on to our next question which one do you need?  Well so far if you like to play video games you’re really only going to be required to have HDR 10 and then there’s that philosophical question. well I get HDR 10 I’m not going to see anything in Dolby vision am I going to be missing anything that I don’t know exists do you know what I mean you feel me on like are you going to notice something that’s not there that’s really pretty much what it boils down to so it’s really just up to you on which one you get like I said before and even like Dolby has stated the TV’s nowadays 2016-2017 aren’t going to take full advantage of Dolby Vision not for another three four years is it really that big of a deal for some people yes for some people no it’s totally subjective I liked all the extra cool color and if I had the option to watch something in Dolby vision as opposed to HDR 10 I’ll watch it in Dolby vision so what does this mean about buying TVs if your budget allows it if you can get a TV that has both HDR 10 and Dolby vision then you’re set and you don’t really have to worry about it however if there’s more content coming out in Dolby vision on let’s say 4k Ultra High Definition blu-ray if they start making more content that still be vision specific then maybe you might want to think about getting a different kind of Ultra High Definition blu-ray player like maybe the OPPO UDP 203 or whichever one of the new ones that are coming out by Sony and LG that actually support Dolby vision it’s up to you to decide like what you need .

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