4K Resolution, What is it and why should I care?

blackmagic-production-camera-4kThere’s been a lot of talk lately about the next step in display resolutions. With the advent of displays capable of resolutions greater than 1920 x 1080px (CES was almost entirely 4K displays) film studios and production companies (Who have been shooting at this resolution for years) are beginning to consider mastering their releases at the 4096 x 2160px resolution or higher.  Not that this is entirely a feasible prospect at the moment. The first professional 4K film, TimeScapes ,has just been released and is a whopping 160gb in size. You can see the trailer for the film below:

Pretty speccy right? Of course to get the full effect you would need to watch it on a screen capable of displaying that resolution and possessing at least 27 inches, and lets face it, not everyone has one of those.

So how much is one of these monsters going to set you back? Right now the cheapest available screen is a 55 inch UltraTV from Sony which is at minimum a $5,000 purchase with most other brands and models selling at upwards of $20,000. In addition to this an UltraHD player is required which will cost you an additional $1,000-$2,000.

Despite this, the potential is definitely there and it can be expected that with a future drop in prices for these technologies (and the possibility of a NBN) 4K will become commonplace. Several companies are already attempting to make that happen with BlackMagic releasing the BlackMagic Production Camera 4K next month and JVC planning to release their similar HMQ30 soon.

You can check out more about UltraTVs and the current state of 4K at:

http://www.techradar.com/au/news/home-cinema/high-definition/ultra-hd-everything-you-need-to-know-about-4k-tv-1048954