HDR10+[1] is a High Dynamic Range (HDR) video technology that adds dynamic metadata[2] to HDR10 source files. HDR10+ signals the dynamic range and scene characteristics on a scene-by-scene or even frame-by-frame basis. The display device then uses the dynamic metadata to apply an appropriate tone map through the process of dynamic tone mapping.[3] Dynamic tone mapping differs from static tone mapping by applying a different tone curve from scene-to-scene rather than use a single tone curve for an entire video.[4] HDR10+ is the default variant of dynamic metadata as part of the HDMI 2.1 standard (in Amendment 1 of it).

Workflow and ecosystemEdit

HDR10+ Distribution Ecosystem

HDR10+ utilizes an HDR10 master file within existing HDR post-production and distribution workflows.

The HDR10+ ecosystem is used within current systems by,

  • storing HDR10+ metadata in JSON files
  • embedding HDR10+ metadata into HDR10 encoded content
  • distribution through digital stream (e.g. streaming with HDR10+ SEI[5])
  • displaying HDR10+ content on a capable display (e.g. HDMI interfaces with HDR10+ VSIF) and mobile devices [6] 

Metadata generationEdit

HDR10+ Metadata Workflow

For offline and Video-On-Demand (VOD) (e.g. Ultra-High Definition Blu-ray, Over-The-Top (OTT), Multi-Channel Video Programming Distributor (MVPD)), HDR10+ Metadata may be created during the post-production, mastering process or during transcoding/encoding for distribution back-ends by HDR10+ content generation tools in two steps,

  1. Identifying scene cuts, and
  2. Performing an image analysis on each scene or frame to derive statistics

HDR10+ metadata is interchanged through a low complexity JSON-structured text file,[7] which is then parsed and injected into video files.

Live encodingEdit

HDR10+ Live Encoder Workflow

Live use cases are possible by delivering HDR10+ metadata in every frame. HEVC encoders generate and inject metadata on live content and mobile phones record video and create HDR10+[8] metadata in real-time during recording. Live encoding is detailed in the Live Encoder Workflow diagram and real time broadcast operations are supported at the point of transmission enabling a metadata-less broadcast operation.


HDR10+ Backward Compatibility

HDR10+ metadata follows ITU-T T.35 and can co-exist with other HDR metadata such as HDR10 static metadata that makes HDR10+ content backward compatible[9] with non-HDR10+ TVs. HDR10+ metadata is ignored by devices that do not support the format and video is played back in HDR10.

HDR10+ content profileEdit

  • EOTF: SMPTE ST 2084 (PQ)
  • Chroma Sub-sampling: 4:2:0 (for compressed video sources)
  • Resolution: Agnostic (2K/4K/8K,[10] etc.)
  • Bit Depth: 10-bit or more (up to 16-bit)
  • Color Primaries: ITU-R BT.2020
  • Maximum linearized pixel value: 10,000 cd/m2 for each color R/G/B (content)
  • Metadata (Required): Mastering Display Color Volume Metadata[11]
  • Metadata (Optional): MaxCLL, MaxFALL[12]

HDR10+ technology can support the full range of HDR standards to 10,000 cd/m2, 8K and BT.2020 color gamut. Being resolution agnostic, metadata needs to be created only once and can be applied to any target resolution.

HDR10+ is applicable for HEVC and VP9 compatibility via WebM[13] as well as any codec that supports ITU-T T.35 metadata.


HDR10+ Logo

HDR10+ Technologies, LLC[14] administers the license and certification program for products that want to adopt HDR10+. HDR10+ Technologies, LLC provides the technical specifications, test specifications, and certified logo.



Authorized Test CentersEdit

Certification of products is done through Authorized Test Centers. The following are a list of HDR10+ Authorized Test Centers,


HDR10+ certified productsEdit

Certified product[17] categories include:

  • Ultra-High Definition displays
  • Ultra-High Definition Blu-ray disc players
  • Systems-on-chip (SoC)
  • Set-top boxes
  • A/V Receivers
  • Streaming applications
  • Mobile devices


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