HDR for broadcasters

Work natively in Rec. 2100 HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) in Premiere Pro.

HDR offers wider color and light ranges that are closer to real life. With Rec.2100 HLG color space support in Premiere Pro, broadcasters can work with more vibrant and dynamic content.

Apple ProRes and Sony XAVC Intra codecs are both fully color managed and GPU accelerated throughout the HDR pipeline in Premiere Pro. This is not just one feature; this is a set of features that allows you to import, edit, and export HLG content in Premiere Pro with a focus on professional broadcast workflows.

The following codecs are currently supported in Premiere Pro.

Codec

Wrapper

Transfer function

Apple ProRes

  • 422 HQ

  • 4444

.MOV 

HLG / PQ 

Sony XAVC-Intra

  • Class 100

  • Class 200

  • Class 300

  • Class 480

.MXF 

HLG

Before you begin

System requirements

Proper HDR monitoring requires dedicated I/O hardware and an HDR compliant reference monitor or UHD television hooked up using SDI or HDMI 2.0 or greater. 

Using AJA?

Adobe recommends:

  • HDR Compatible devices from AJA
  • AJA driver version 16.0 or higher for best results

  1. Click Premiere Pro > Preferences > Playback (macOS), or Edit > Preferences > Playback (Win).

  2. Click Setup next to your AJA device in the list.

    Setting Playback preferences
    Setting Playback preferences

  3. Choose the HDR color space.

    • 10bit HLG is recommended.  It can sustain UHD 60p and has broad support for displays.

    • 12bit HLG is limited to 30fps @ 3840x2160 (a bandwidth limitation of the AJA hardware) and not all monitors support it.

Note:

Adobe recommends that you only make changes to the HDR color space in Premiere Pro.  Making changes to HDR color space in the AJA control panel and in Premiere Pro can cause unexpected results.

Using BlackMagic Design?

BlackMagic Design has HDR capable devices in their Decklink and Ultrastudio lineups

  1. Click Premiere Pro > Preferences > Playback (macOS), or Edit > Preferences > Playback (Win).

  2. Click Setup next to Blackmagic playback in the list.

    Setting Playback preferences
    Setting Playback preferences

  3. Choose Color Gamut: Rec. 2100 HLG.

 To improve performance, deselect unused video devices

Import HLG content into Premiere Pro

  1. In the Lumetri Scopes panel, select the Wrench icon, and set Colorspace to Automatic.

    Setting the color space in the Lumetri Scopes panel
    Setting the color space in the Lumetri Scopes panel

  2. Import HLG media (File > Import) into Premiere Pro.

  3. Drag a clip from the Media Browser or the Project panel on to the timeline.

    Premiere Pro automatically sets the new working space to Rec.2100 HLG. Lumetri Scopes also automatically switches to the correct color space based on the selected sequence or media.

    Color working space in Premiere Pro
    Color working space in Premiere Pro

    Lumetri scopes displaying the color space
    Lumetri scopes displaying the color space

Preview rendering

If effects or adjustments are added that require rendering for smooth playback, you can render the sequence while maintaining HDR range and color space.  When a sequence is set to the HLG color space, the video previews are automatically set to ProRes HQ at 1920 x 1080. 

Choose ProRes 4444 if you want higher quality color encoding. You can also change the video preview file resolution, however, you cannot choose any other codecs for the preview file codec. 

Speed up your exports by selecting Use Previews while exporting.  This option transcodes frames from the preview files, rather than reprocessing the effects.   

If your final deliverable is ProRes, save time by setting the preview rendering to match your deliverable specs. At the time of export, choose Match Sequence Setting and Premiere Pro copies the rendered frames from the preview files without encoding or processing the effects again.  You can render as you go, and export quickly. 

Export sequence

Premiere Pro provides sequence presets for ProRes and XAVC-I. You can also create your own presets especially to get the audio channelization correct for your specific deliverable.  All our presets have Stereo audio. Follow these steps to configure a proper encoding by hand. 

  1. Click File > Export > Media.

  2. In the Export Settings dialog box, choose the format from the Format drop down option (Quicktime or MXF OP1A).

    Choosing the format in the Export Settings dialog box
    Choosing the format in the Export Settings dialog box

  3. Open the Video tab, find the Encoding Settings section, and configure the following settings for your format of choice. 

    Video Codec

    • Apple ProRes 422 HQ 

    • Apple ProRes 4444

    • Apple ProRes 4444 XQ

    HDR Graphics White 

    Don’t change from default (taken from project settings)

    Default (203 – 75% HLG, 58% PQ)

    Render at Maximum Bit Depth 

    ON

    Export Color Space 

    • Rec. 2100 HLG 

    • Rec. 2100 PQ * 

    PQ will do a colorimetric conversion, no tone-mapping

    Depth

    • 16-bpc

    • 16-bpc + alpha 

    Video Codec

    • XAVC HD Intra Class100

    • XAVC HD Intra Class200

    • XAVC 2K Intra Class100

    • XAVC QFHD Intra Class300

    • XAVC QFHD Intra Class480

    • XAVC 4K Intra Class300

    • XAVC 4K Intra Class480

    HDR Graphics White 

    Don’t change from default (taken from project settings)

    Default (203 – 75% HLG, 58% PQ)

    Render at Maximum Bit Depth

    ON

    Export Color Space 

    Rec. 2100 HLG

    Depth

    16-bpc

  4. Click Export.

Frequently asked questions

  1. Right-click the clip in the Project panel, and select Modify > Interpret Footage. Or, select the clip and choose Clip > Modify > Interpret Footage.

  2. In the Color Space Override dialog box, choose an appropriate format.

    Overriding the color space
    Overriding the color space

To choose the color space manually, click the Wrench icon, then select Colorspace, and choose an appropriate option.

Manually changing the color space in Lumetri Scopes
Manually changing the color space in Lumetri Scopes

Effects capable of processing in 32-bit color work in HDR projects. 

Sample HLG project

 Download a sample project with HLG files and try this feature for yourself!

Have a question or an idea?

Questions about our support for HLG media? Ask our experts in the Premiere Pro community. We'd love to hear from you.

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