Is there such thing as 5K video

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by mlbartender, May 17, 2015.

  1. mlbartender macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2015
    After watching the latest episode of Silicon Valley, it got to me as the Gavin Belsom character was saying that 4K is the "Ultimate" resolution (Yes, the "U" in UHD stands for ultimate) but is UHD the best as I'm typing this on my 5k iMac? I tried looking up for 5K videos on YouTube but it came up with a bunch of 5K Color run videos.

    So, are there any 5K videos out there or is there even a camera that can record videos of that resolution?
  2. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
  3. Mr-Stabby macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2004
    There are cameras that shoot in higher resolutions than 4K, like Red Epic. But there are no distribution platforms that i know of that support anything higher than 4k right now. People are mainly shooting higher for resolution wriggle room when editing. Though like when 4K shooting first became available, it's not exactly practical to shoot and edit in 5k for most productions, as the storage space required is colossal.
  4. Unami macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2010
    There are 8K TV-prototypes available - but i'm not aware of any content with a higher resolution than 4k (besides some RED Epic source files).

    bzw. UHD does not equal 4k - UHD is a TV resolution in 16:9 aspect ratio, while 4k is the (wider) cinema-format. uhd is 3840x2160, 4k is 4096x2160.

    some tv manufacturers advertise uhd as 4k - but those are the same people that want to sell you curved 400hz tvs for watching 24-30hz content...
  5. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
    I had a crew in yesterday, and they were using a Sony 4K. 6 talking heads recorded in 30 minutes sessions. The camera was not running continuously. The video portion of the raw footage was 180GB, not including audio. Final delivery will be 720p, about 2 minutes long. Obviously, I did not ask for 4K -- they were trying it out to get used to the workflow. They had older Macs with them, all USB 2. The initial estimate to xfer 110GB from memory card to external disk was many hours. We switched to a USB 3 device and it was about 20 minutes.
  6. e1me5 macrumors regular


    Jun 11, 2013
    The RED WEAPON at it's ultimate configuration (when it will be released) will shoot 8K. For $80K only if i remember correctly.. :p

    But all the REDs can shoot 5K video by cropping the sensor, not by downscaling the image.. it is useful for a lot of things, such as more image area you can crop during post, or to stabilize the image, or for VFX as the increased resolution makes it more accurate to track objects and key out green screen!
  7. rei101 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 24, 2011
    You can create anything in After Effects or any 3D software at any resolution basically.
  8. Moonjumper macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2009
    Lincoln, UK
    The U stands for Ultra, not Ultimate.

    There isn't a 5K delivery standard, the next step up from 4K is 8K. As has been mentioned, RED cameras have 5K sensors, but that allows for cropping.

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