BUYING a TV can be confusing, especially as Black Friday sales are now flooding in. As if OLED and QLED weren't hard enough to decipher, now you need to know what HDR is too. It stands for high dynamic range, and (in a nutshell) it can bump up the pixel quality on your 4K TV, resulting in better, more accurate colours and better contrast. The tech is on most mid- to high-end tellys these days, so you better familiarise yourself with it. How? By using this detailed break down of all forms of HDR, including HDR+, and Dolby Vision.What is HDR? First things first – HDR is not an alternative to 4K Ultra HD (UHD), but rather a complementary TV tech that allows you to watch HDR content on compatible sets. The amount of HDR entertainment out there is growing all the time, and now encompasses games, downloadable films and 4K UHD Blu-rays, and streaming shows. You've probably spotted HDR on your smartphone's camera, but it's slightly different on video. While 4K references the amount of … [Read more...] about What is HDR? An easy guide to High Dynamic Range, and why you NEED it on your next TV
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Perfect timing! After the Armored Brigade preview code shook the mothballs from my interest in post-WW2 Armoured Fighting Vehicles, along comes an unusually corpulent wargame demo absolutely packed with the things*. Lurking in this five-scenario Combat Mission: Shock Force 2 trial are not only modern warfare yeomen like the M1A1, Challenger 2, Leopard 2 and Bradley IFV, but rarely recreated exotics such as the pint-sized Porsche-built Wiesel AWC. In the unlikely event Pixar ever make a heartwarming story about an anthropomorphic tank, the star really has to be Wesley the wisecracking Wiesel. *Post-WW2 AFVs not mothballs. As the image above grimly testifies, Wesley’s nimbleness, dinky silhouette, and 20mm quips don’t always ensure his survival on CM’s unforgiving battlefields. The poor lad has the misfortune to appear in ‘Alamo’, a scenario in which a medieval Syrian citadel stands in for the titular compound and a lightly-armed contingent of German … [Read more...] about The Flare Path: Tankettes Etcetera
Despite the decades that have passed since its release, it would be hard to argue that any film is as relevant to the way movies are made today than George Lucas’ 1977 space opera, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Kevin Feige, the Marvel head honcho who presides over what is the most lucrative and successful film franchise currently operating — including Star Wars — talks openly about how much of an impact the original trilogy had on him. The list of filmmakers who directly crib from Lucas would be like a census of Hollywood royalty. And the subsidiary industries that Star Wars has spawned, from toys to novels to video games, has changed how the entertainment business works. But when you eliminate the biases that come from living in a Star Wars-addled world and look back at the circumstances of its creation, what’s far more surprising is that the film got made at all. That a USC grad in his early 30s best known for a coming-of-age story about small-town … [Read more...] about What if Star Wars never happened?