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end. That’s just the nature of our work, and I didn’t want to invest in something that wasn’t going to be suitable for Netflix.” SWITCH UP To monitor in HDR, you need a 10-bit signal. Milan tested a couple of transmitters before landing on the Teradek Bolt 4K 1500 LT. There were some connection issues to begin with, but these were resolved with firmware updates. Milan was able to work around it at the time by hardwiring. He explains the workflow as it happened: “The camera log was sent to the Teradek, which would then broadcast that signal to me. I’d receive it in log and then split the signal using the Kumo. One version of the signal would be sent to a Flanders Scientific BoxIO, set up to apply an SDR look. Another version was sent to a secondary BoxIO, which was geared towards applying the HDR look. The graded signal was routed back into the Kumo and came out to a Flanders Scientific DM240, which was used as our SDR monitor – then the HDR signal was transmitted to our XM311K. The whole project pipeline was done in ACES via Pomfort Livegrade, which made everything very manageable.” The team shot with this workflow for eight weeks in South London, with the

film intended for release later this year. Netflix uses Dolby Vision framework to make sure the creative intent is always well respected as much as possible on any display. If you have an HDR-capable TV with an HDR-capable account (4s), you will be able to appreciate the outcome of Milan’s hard work. Starring Downton Abbey ’s Hugh Bonneville and Line of Duty ’s Kelly Macdonald, Netflix pulled out all the stops to get top British talent, as it continues to position itself firmly within the UK production landscape.

logistics. Kit was keen not to shoot in SDR if we were to finish with an HDR grade; he also wanted to monitor in both, so that he could light to HDR and have the data utilised properly in the grade.” It was incredibly important that Milan had a suitable monitor for Kit to light to. But finding one wasn’t without complications. “I wanted a Flanders Scientific XM311K 4K HDR reference monitor. It’s 31 inches, 1000 nits, and qualifies as a Dolby Vision mastering monitor that makes it the perfect monitor for Netflix projects. Getting hold of one wasn’t easy, though. The only available monitor in the whole world was in the US, and I had to purchase it outright, which I did six weeks before the shoot was due to start. That’s when we got sign-off for finishing in HDR. It arrived in the UK three days before the prep began, so it was a bit frantic getting that element set up in the “I didn’t want to invest in something that wasn’t going to be suitable for Netflix”

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