Quoting David Heino <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>:

> There's much talk recently about HDR images. Could someone with more
> technical expertise than I possess comment on HighDef television and whether
> there will be soon something like a HighDef computer monitor? Specifically,
> for a long time I have been making images for web content at 72 dpi under
> the assumption that it is the highest resolution needed for display on the
> computer screen. Will this soon change? And, if so, what sort of resolutions
> will be needed? How will this change the production of images for web
> content?

HDR imaging and HDTV are quite unrelated. The "high definition" in HDR  
is in reference to the color depth of the individual pixels while for  
HDTV it is referring to the pixel density of the image.

The GIMP currently supports up to 8-bits per color per pixel 'color  
depth' while HDR imaging generally requires 10 or more (usually the  
jump is made to 16- or 32-bit color depths; and the use of floating  
point representation in some formats). Computer monitors and HDTV only  
requires 8-bit colors and so the images that the GIMP produces are  
quite satisfifactory for that purpose (and the "pixel density" aspect  
of HDTV is basically irrelevant). The need for greater color depths  
arises when _editing_ the images.

Many cameras and scanning devices provide data that employs deeper  
color depths and the GIMP is currently unable to handle that extra  
information; it would be discarded when the data is imported from the  
device (or HDR file). Note that this information would also be  
"discarded" when sent to the monitor or HDTV (which only handles 8BPP  
depth) but it is useful during editing to have that information.

The situation is very similar to that of audio editing and production:  
even though the sound quality of CDs is limited to 16-bit samples  
sampled at 41100Hz, it is beneficial to handle higher quality versions  
(24-bit at 96kHz, for example) during the editing process.

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