‘Ultra High Definition (UHD), or 4K, TV and video is coming hot on the heels of HD, promising pictures so crystal clear you feel you could walk through the screen.’
– Ian Hardy, BBC News
4K is still a relatively new technology, but the benefits and high definition finish you can achieve with it are becoming increasingly popular, particularly with aerial filming.
Here are just five reasons why you should be filming in 4K resolution:
‘I saw Tom Lowe’s “Timescapes” film in both 2K and 4K… and I have to tell you it was noticeably more mesmerizing in 4K.
– Vincent Laforet (visit his blog here)
1.Enhanced quality and detail
First of all, the most obvious benefit is that you are getting four times the quality of standard HD filming. 4K allows for more detailed, sharper image quality that will look better than other resolutions, even when the footage is played back on a lower resolution monitor. So 4K looks pretty impressive even when played back on monitors designed to play 2K resolution footage.
The use of 4K allows for more correction when it comes to editing your footage post-production. The more zoom you have on a camera, the more scope you give yourself for editing. Because 4K has so much more zoom than other formats, zooming in and cropping footage at a later date is much easier.
The higher quality and resolution that 4K provides means taking stills from your footage is much easier, with a much better chance of good quality images too. This is a particularly good option for those who struggle to capture that ‘perfect shot’ with photography.
With increased popularity comes increased affordability. Cameras from leading companies such as the Sony A7S and Panasonic’s GH4 start at around £2,000 and £1,300 respectively.
The Sony A7S boasts an impressive spec. It may only have 12MP, but this works to the cameras advantage. With a low MP sensor, the pixels are in turn enormous, which allows for more light gathering and the opportunity to shoot with the ISO as far up as 409,200. The camera is also designed specifically to appeal to film makers with its generous aspect ratios in 4k shooting mode.
At a considerably cheaper price, the Panasonic GH4 was the world’s first DSLM camera with the ability to film in 4K. It’s a good 4MP more than the Sony, and has the option to shoot at Full HD as well as 4K. There is the optional addition of an Interface Unit, which attaches onto the base of the camera. It’s bulky, but allows the user to record 4K footage to an external device in it’s clearest form.
5.It’s the next step in TV evolution
3D filming might have proved popular when it comes to selling out seats at the cinema, but when?it comes to home viewing 3D TVs have been a monumental flop. 4K TVs may not be flying off the shelves just yet, but as it becomes more popular prices for 4K home entertainment will begin to drop and eventually become the new sought after way of viewing film and television at home.
Because of this, shooting in 4K today means you are ‘future proofing’ your footage for technology to come. This puts you ahead of competition and potentially up to date with future industry standards. Some films, such as The Hobbit and Prometheus, are already being filmed in 4K.
In conclusion, shooting in 4K will definitely benefit your footage, particularly in post-production when it comes to editing. It may still be in its infancy, but with companies such as Netflix and Amazon already using 4K shooting in this resolution means you’ll be up to date and ahead of standards, at least for the foreseeable future.
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