JVC Kenwood Corporation announced on September 6 a free firmware update for its current line of D-ILA projectors. The update includes the second generation of the company’s Frame Adapt HDR to deliver a significant boost in HDR picture quality. The update will be available in mid-November 2023. 

The Latest Firmware Update Features from JVC 

The Frame Adapt HDR technology, first offered in October 2019, uses a proprietary algorithm to instantaneously analyze the maximum brightness of HDR10 content per frame and adjust the dynamic range in real-time to the optimum range for video projection.  

With the second generation of HDR image processing technology, JVC has completely reexamined the tone mapping algorithm in accordance with the scene and frame, achieving HDR images with higher definition and a three-dimensional feeling by suppressing the peak white information, especially in high-brightness areas. The evolution of the curve selection algorithm delivers a brighter, more vibrant, and more dynamic range of HDR images. Optimizing the tone curve itself reduces whitening in the high-brightness area and provides a fine image with no color loss. 

The DLA-NZ9. Image courtesy of JVC
The DLA-RS4100. Image courtesy of JVC.
The DLA-3100. Image courtesy of JVC.

For the DLA-NZ9/RS4100, DLA-NZ8/RS3100, and DLA-NZ7/RS2100, which are equipped with JVC’s BLU-Escent laser light source technology, laser light source adjustment can now be finely adjusted according to the environment and user preference. Fine adjustment ranging from zero to 100 steps is now possible compared to the previous three-step adjustment. Adjustments based on the brightness of the screen and according to the environment are also possible (DLA-NP5/RS1100 not supported). 

There is also now a USB backup function that can save and write all settings at once for more convenience. This function saves the main unit menu settings to a commercially available USB memory. Professional adjustments can be saved or backed up in advance to undo unintended adjustments.