The market for 4K camcorders and cameras is growing at a very fast rate. Everyone seems to want to get their hands on this new technology, but why? People like to flock to new and better things when they come available, and the emergence of this high resolution technology is no different. 4K is just a simplified term that means the width of the video is approximately 4,000 pixels. To be more specific, the native 4K resolution of a video camera is 4096 x 2160 pixels.
This higher form of resolution used to be quite expensive and hard to experience, but now you can find lots of TV's, Cameras, Monitors and Video Cameras that support it. Big sites like Youtube and Facebook let users upload and experience 4096 x 2160p if they have the proper devices. The jump between Standard definition (640 x 480 pixels) and High Definition (1920 x 1080 pixels) was the last great increase in resolution and it was very noticeable. The difference between high definition and the new Ultra HD (4K) seems to be less noticeable and somewhat controversial. It wont be long before this higher resolution is our new "Standard" and every household will have a device capable of viewing it.
Recording 4K Videos:
One of the most frequently asked questions we get is "Is upgrading my resolution worth it?" The answer is not a simple yes or no because as of right now high definition cameras are still more abundant than 4k capable cameras. But if you are looking to stay relevant in the ever changing market, then upgrading is definitely the best way to please your audience in 2019.
If you aren't convinced that switching to a higher resolution is worth it, then I would suggest heading over to Youtube and watching a video in Standard Definition (640 x 480p), then in High High Definition (1920 x 1080p). The difference is drastic and its almost painful to watch videos that are not in HD. The human race will always continue to move forward and old technology will soon be history. 4K video is going to be the new standard soon and there is no time like the present to prepare yourself to provide the highest quality content to your audience.
What Does It Mean for Photography?
You may not think that a higher video resolution has any effect on photographers. And obviously this higher resolution plays a bigger role when recording videos, but it indeed has an impact on how photographers keep up with this new technology. Most new cameras have the ability to extract frames of a moving video and make them into a still photo. If the camera has the ability to record in 4K, then subsequently you are able to get a still UHD photo from the video.
The results can be stunning if done correctly. Like any other skill, it takes lots of time and practice to master. Some cameras also have 4K specific photo modes which allow you to take photos in ultra high definition without having to find the perfect frame in a video. As mentioned before, higher resolution cameras will become more and more abundant.
What Do You Need For 4K?
With new technology comes new requirements for capturing, editing, storing, and viewing this higher resolution. 4K video and photos take up much more space on memory cards and can cause havoc on computers that are not powerful enough to edit and produce them. The best way to prepare for this new wave of technology is to understand what you will need to handle it in the easiest way possible.
If you are wanting to experience 4K resolution, you will need a display capable of producing it. Monitors and TV's are usually a bit pricier when it comes to being able to play ultra HD videos. This may deter some people initially but with the way markets rely on supply and demand, with time we will see the price of these products decrease in price.
When it comes to editing and producing high resolution content it is not essential to own a 4K capable monitor, although it is very helpful. Non-UHD monitors will do the trick. If you are looking to increase the quality of your productions then I would highly suggest looking into investing in a monitor that will display the true resolution of the piece you are editing.
Storage of 4K Files
Higher resolution videos take up more space then their lower resolution counterparts. This means that you will need to start thinking of buying faster and larger SD cards for your cameras. Larger and faster will also mean more expensive. Exporting these larger files will also take much longer, therefore it is important to take into consideration the type of Hard drive or SSD you are using in your computer.
SSD's are far more superior than HDD's (hard drives) because they do not need to use a disk to write and read data, they simply retrieve it almost instantly. The downside to SSD's is that they usually come in much smaller memory sizes and cost much more. If you are looking for speed then I would suggest investing the money into a new SSD for your computer. When it comes to 4K files I would suggest running both an SSD and a Hard drive in tandem. Initially using the SSD's speed to export the files and using the hard drives large and cheap space to store them once you are finished with your project.
New technology is always faced with its fair share of skepticism and the emergence of 4K capabilities is no different. This quick article outlines what 4K is and what you should expect from it. We will start to accept this new resolution as the normal and with it comes new requirements. Make sure your work is future proof by upgrading your devices to support 4096 x 2160p. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment down below or contact us here. I am always trying to update our website with as much new content as possible, so be sure to check out our blog page!