Folded Space Announces Deep Color Content Encoding for HD and UHD/4K Displays

Folded Space Develops Video Encoding Tech That Supports 12-Bit Per Color

by Anton Shilov
01/23/2014 | 09:39 PM

Folded Space, a division of Panamorph, Inc., develops and commercializes proprietary algorithms to encode deeper color and higher resolution information into video content, has announced the availability of DCE encoding/decoding algorithms to deliver deep color movie content for new displays capable of showing the rich, vibrant colors available from original film elements and images captured by new high dynamic range digital cameras.


“Real life has a stunning range and depth of colors that has always been muted by limitations in the way content is delivered to the home,” said John Schuermann, who leads business development for Folded Space.

The company's proprietary yet simple and fast algorithms process original content with 12-bits per color and imperceptibly encode information about the fine color detail into a standard, backward compatible 8-bit Blu-ray disc. Newer displays and Blu-ray players with the decoding algorithm can then restore a 12-bit equivalent of the original image in support of much greater color range of recently announced displays.

In comparison to other proposed content delivery methods that require large amounts of valuable bandwidth or supplementary streams to deliver 12-bit color information, DCE is an efficient process requiring very little additional bandwidth or processing power to deliver true 12-bit equivalent color to compatible displays. The company plans on licensing the encoding algorithm to software partners free of charge to stimulate deep color, high dynamic range content production as soon as possible while licensing the decoding algorithm to player and display partners for a modest fee.

“This year’s Consumer Electronic Show was all about HD and UHD/4K displays that can deliver the high dynamic range color needed to finally make video look real. With DCE, studios can now release Blu-ray discs and even next generation UHD/4K physical media to support what’s commonly considered to be the most important, most visual improvement in next generation video,” said Mr. Schuermann.