The source Merdian footage was provided as IMF package. The noise was already transferred into artifacts by the use of lossy J2K compression . This footage gave us all the interesting challenges like film footage, doubling frames, smoke, low light shots, flicker in parts of the image, fast motion and much more. Wavelet Beam Micro-Analytics is covering all of these different challenges in a full automatic mode. For companies how are interested in this technology, we also provide an uncompressed side-by-side version.
If you care about picture quality:
Not all the content has the same high quality like the Meridian content, from the production point of view. If so, the more important it is to choose the right flavor of the intermediate distribution format. IMF has a lot of possibilities for J2K compression. If you’d like to choose a higher J2K compression for the intermediate format, the noise management has to be applied already at the production house. However, if you don’t have the possibility to apply this workflow, you should adapt your encoding specifications for IMF and request a lower compression rate.
COURTESY OF NETFLIX (800x400 crop)