HDR

How can I create enhanced HDR photos?

Google Photos

Episode 1407

Burke from Richmond, VA

Burke wants to know if he can create enhanced images in Google Photos like HDR? Leo says he can do some basic enhancements through Google Photos, but for real HDR, he'll be better off using Photomatix. It's not cheap, though, at $100. There's probably some cheaper ones out there. He should check out Topaz Studio and StuckinCustoms.com for other recommendations.

Microsoft Announces New Xbox One X

Xbox One X

Episode 1396

This week during the gaming conference E3, Microsoft announced the most powerful gaming console ever made. It's called the Xbox One X, and it's smaller, heavier, liquid cooled and more powerful than any other console on the market. It also comes with a 4K Blu-ray player with HDR support built-in. Scott says that the HDR capability of the player is really more important than the resolution simply because most people won't really see the difference unless they have a screen that's 70" or larger. But HDR is really noticeable, even on sets under that size.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1370

Scott joins us to talk home theater and has questions from the chatroom. Is there a great ultraHD BluRay? Scott says that Oppo is the best out there. It supports HDR10, Dolby Vision, and 4K. But it doesn't support streaming, and Oppo says that since people get streaming from other devices, that it wasn't necessary for Oppo to get caught up in that. They just focus on having the BluRay player still be best at playing discs. It's everything you want in a player, and at $550, it should. Another option is the Xbox One S, but it doesn't support DolbyVision yet.

Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1366

Scott says that the new HDMI standard will be pushing 4K and 8K video at over 5400 Gbps. Will HDMI ever be replaced? Scott says that if metadata doesn't survive going through an AV receiver, it could greatly affect the HDR10 dynamic range going to the TV. Your AVR needs to support HDMI 2.0A to do that, and few manufacturers will tell you that. Dolby has launched a program to educate people on which devices will support Dolby Vision.

Is my Vizio TV worth calibrating?

Disney WOW Calibration Disc

Episode 1327

Michael from Yorba Linda, CA

Michael just got the 2016 Vizio M-Series and he wants to know what the "Calibrated Mode" is. There is no "Movie Mode." There's also a Vivid Mode. Stay away from Vivid Mode. That's for the show room floor. "Calibrated" isn't really calibrated, it's their best guess. So it may not be ideal, but it's worth a try. Standard Mode is the closest he'll get to a Movie Mode. There's also a color temperature setting of "warm" that he'll want, or 6500K.