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    Brompton Technology
    Brompton Technology Ltd
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    Dark landscape shot in dark - without Dark Magic technology
    Dark landscape shot in dark - with Dark Magic technology
    THE ULTIMATE TOOL FOR LOW-BRIGHTNESS CONDITIONS

    Dark Magic improves the quality of the image or video showing on LED panels when they are operating at less than maximum brightness.

    LED panels are usually designed to be used at maximum brightness in high ambient lighting conditions. When they’re used indoors and ‘on-camera’ at lower brightness, it can result in an unavoidable reduction in effective bit depth, leading to visible artefacts like banding and loss of detail, especially in dark areas of the image.

    UP TO 26 BITS PER COLOUR PROCESSING

    Dark Magic helps to alleviate these issues by processing the video signal at up to 26 bits per channel (78 bits per pixel) within the Tessera R2 and R2+ receiver card.

    The effective bit depth of the output can then be increased, resulting in a clearer, smoother image with enhanced detail in darker areas, even when the LED panels are at very low brightness.

    Tessera R2 Receiver Card
    Candle shot in dark - Dark Magic technology off

    Dark Magic disabled 

    Candle shot in dark - Dark Magic technology on

    Dark Magic enabled 

    USING DARK MAGIC

    Compare the two photographs of identical LED panels displaying a low-brightness image.

    One is without Dark Magic, where banding is clearly visible around the flame.

    The second is with Dark Magic enabled – the gradients are smoother, and there is increased detail in the darker areas.

    USING DARK MAGIC AND STUDIO MODE TOGETHER

    Studio Mode is one of several different modes you can select from the Operating Modes menu and allows LED panels to be run at a lower maximum brightness without a loss of bit-depth.

    Dark Magic and Studio Mode can be combined to achieve the best possible low-brightness performance with compatible LED panels and together offer high image quality with smooth gradients and colour transitions.

    Brompton Technology Dark Magic Studio Mode

    For more detailed information on this and other Brompton Technology products, technologies and features, please see our Documentation library with downloadable .pdfs

    Tessera Processors
    Testimonial
    BBC Better
    “As most of our shoots were carried out with the LED processing running at a very low brightness level, particularly for the night scenes, Dark Magic proved to be instrumental in enhancing the details in the darker areas of the image, resulting in a significant improvement in the overall visual quality.”
    Dan Edmonds – ICVFX Account Manager , Universal Pixels