On the parameter we have the new 12k. Within we may observe the varying frames sizes of different formats of the K’s. Centre we may see UHD or 4K including HDR. The delivery underpinning the film and media industry is moving rapidly, with the streaming giants transforming the landscape and practice, yet the delivery standard is 4k, including Netflix.

Existing film libraries are gradually being converted into higher resolution to for inclusion in the new market place, but this takes time and money, and is not always successful.

It is always possible to resolve content downwards, say from 12k to 8k, 6k, 4k or 2K or even lower. On the other hand, up-rezzing from say 4k to 8k can create issues with quality control for delivery.

Producing content in higher definition has two principle advantages:

1 - in higher resolution formats makes streaming and downloading faster, especially important with the emerging 5G standard for viewing content on portable devices.

2 - content in 8K is moving to becoming a standard requirement in Japan, South Korea and soon to be followed by China. Within a few years domestic 8K TV  screens will be common place in the West, that will lead to issues with existing content libraries.

In shooting your project now in 8k or above, you are future proofing your assets performance at the little additional cost of data storage might make sense.

Mike Connor – DoP / Cinematographer

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12k and Futureproofing -  A note from Cinematographer – Mike Connor

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