While Netflix is increasing its output of 4K resolution content, users should not expect the streaming on-demand platform to introduce 8K video any time soon. Instead, the company will be pushing high dynamic range (HDR) content, which increases colour and contrast range in images.
“Something that’s a little bit more out there that we’re really excited about is the notion of HDR or high dynamic range,” Chris Jaffe, Vice President of User Interface Innovation at Netflix said during a media briefing at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona (via CNBC).
“It’s less about packing more pixels on the screen like the move from HD to ultra-HD 4K was, it’s about extending the total range of those pixels … what that means is there’s a much more photo realistic image that you’re watching which is much more representative of the total range that your eye can see when you’re just looking around in real life.”
One visual innovation that Netflix will not be pursuing, though, is virtual reality. “We think there’s a great opportunity for VR in gaming and the gaming space is going to be an interesting place for them to explore it,” Jaffe added. “We don’t see an opportunity right now in the near-term for Netflix and VR, but we do want to watch how great story tellers use this technology, because at the end of the day, what you really see is when consumers really engage with great storytelling there’s a great opportunity and that’s what we really want to see.”
Netflix is aiming to release season one of Marco Polo and season two of Daredevil in HDR later this year.
Marvel sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be the first film ever shot using the RED 8K WEAPON digital video camera. The film’s director, James Gunn, discussed the decision on Facebook, revealing why he believes digital video give him an advantage over using traditional film stock; Gunn shot the previous Guardians of the Galaxy movie using the Alexa 65.
Gunn wrote on Facebook:
“When you’re shooting a film at the level of Guardians of the Galaxy, the cost of film vs. digital is negligible – for me it’s an aesthetic and creative choice.
Firstly, I believe when shooting on a format like the Red Weapon 8K or the Alexa 65, the amount of data is so massive – certainly more so than on a strip of film – that it gives you more freedom in production and post production to create exactly the film you want to create than actual film does. As anyone who has ever worked with me knows, I am a control freak. Such high resolution gives me the ability to control ever single bit of data (to do so would take a long time, but at least the knowledge comforts me). Many filmmakers look to essentially replicate the look of film, but I don’t share that interest. I believe that innovations in camera and shooting technologies as well as visual and practical effects gives us the ability to create a new aesthetic of film, one different from what the past has offered but equally beautiful – perhaps even more so. I respect many of the filmmakers who continue to shoot on film – and some of the most gorgeous movies of 2015 have been in that format. But I think sometimes that the love of actual film is based in nostalgia more than it is in objective beauty. Many filmmakers remember the films of their youth and want to replicate that magic. For me, I’m interested in being one of the many who help to create a new kind of magic that will usher the cinematic experience into the future. What will the children of today think of fondly with nostalgia?
And, yes, most filmmakers who have shot digital have underutilized the format. But with these new cameras their advantages are easier to see for everyone.
And there are three other reasons I chose this format:
1) It is easier to seamlessly incorporate massive amounts of visual, digital effects – including a digital tree and raccoon – into a digital base. 2) One of the ways I capture my actor’s performances is by doing massively long takes, over and over – sometimes up to an hour – much longer than your typical 11-minute reel of film. I find this a better way to capture the energy and rawness in a performance (and we get better outtakes of me yelling at Michael Rooker off-screen). 3) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be utilizing another new technologies I’m very excited about but can’t quite go into yet. But, for this technology, you need a camera the small size of the RED Weapon – a film camera is too big, as is the Alexa 65 (which is also an amazing camera).”
The 8K WEAPON, priced around $70,000 for the basic unit, uses a Vista Vision-sized 8192×4320, 35-megapixel sensor, and can shoot 75 frames-per-second at 8K resolutions in RAW and ProRes formats simultaneously.
While the consumer world is starting to adjust and get up to date and 4K resolution monitors and TVs are starting to enter more and more homes around the world, Panasonic is already working on the next generation of 8K monitors. We have already seen a few large-screen monitors on display that could handle this high resolution, but it wasn’t really real. The 8K image was composed out of two 4K 60Hz images spliced into one.
The reason for this was the bandwidth limitation by the current cables and connectors, but Panasonic found the solution for this and presented the first single cable and connector solution for transmission of full-spec 8K video signals. For reference purpose, I can share that the official full-spec 8K resolution features 33 million pixels in a 7,680 by 4,320 pixel setup at 120 frames per second.
The new cable is a hybrid cable made of metal wire and plastic optical fiber and it overcomes the previous trouble of alignment. With detachable connectors like this on a cable, it is difficult to precisely align optical axes at the connection, which leads to poor connectivity and other defects. That has hampered the deployment of optical fiber cables in video transmission cables with detachable connectors, but that’s about to change.
Panasonic developed the new cable and connector type together with KAI Photonics Co., Ltd., a venture from Japan’s Keio University. The plastic optical fiber and its connection technology are using ballpoint-pen type interconnects and Panasonic further added their know-how on multi-level modulation of broadband signals to achieve a transmission bandwidth that exceeds 100 Gbps with a single cable. That should be plenty even for 8K 120Hz setups.
Professor Yasuhiro Koike of the Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, commented: “I am delighted that Panasonic successfully developed a prototype cable for transmitting 8K images based on ‘plastic optical fiber and its connection technology using ballpoint-pen type interconnect,’ which was developed by Keio University. We would like to further cooperate with Panasonic to respond to the variety of needs for audiovisual transmission.”
Naturally this is intended for corporate usage for now, but what starts in the corporate world usually makes it to the consumer market sooner or later. For now, we need the 4K format to take off with more available content.
Televisions are becoming thinner and thinner yet bigger and bigger, more homes are adopting at least a 40-inch screen and above with the aim of enjoying a wide variety of entertainment on a Full HD or even a 4k screen. LG have noted this and might have taken it to slightly over the top heights after unveiling a 98-inch Television screen at CES 2016 which is being held in Las Vegas, (and eTeknix are there, yes I know)
The South Korean electronic manufacturer has unveiled this mammoth screen that boasts a 98-inch UHD with 8K resolution, below is an image to demonstrate this, it looks imposing and it feels as if it could provide a fantastic experience if you played Call of Duty or GTA on it, only pity is you might be playing it in the garden when you consider the size.
Understandably, there has been no word concerning the official price, my guess is it would be very expensive when you consider Sharp’s 98 inch offering at 2015 CES had a price of over $130,000 dollars (£88,591.77) Content is also slightly limited on the 8K front when you consider consumers are not exactly overwhelmed by a vast array of 4K TV let alone 8K.
Only time will tell whether this TV will be a viable product if it is, my guess is the price will be for those who have enough room in their house for such a gadget.
Recent years have seen a substantial improvement of resolution within screens at a price point which has dropped significantly, from average consumer availability of 1080p Televisions to the new breed of 4K sets which are pushed to market at a decent price compared to previous developments. But as we all know, 4k is not good enough, we want even higher res, well some of us, for me, computer games and films benefit from the increased detail level, but I am sceptical when the time comes to implement a higher detail level for day-to-day TV.
Another disadvantage is in the form of a gigantic screen which is needed for 4K or even 8k viewing, well, maybe not considering a company by the name of “Japan Display” have announced plans for a 17.3 inch 8K screen. According to the prototype specs, this innovation runs at a smooth yet fast response rate of 120Hz with resolution stats of 7,680(W) x RGB x 4,320(H) pixels. The display itself is a familiar Liquid Crystal Display (LCS) module and is “based on low temperature poly silicon (LTPS) technology with true 8K pixels (RGB stripe arrangement), thus realizing high-definition (510ppi) images”
The compact yet powerful nature of the screen holds potential uses which include implementations within the medical environment and also fun aspects that include game and video image production. Below is a display image of the likely vision of the product and also full details of the prototype specs.
LTPS TFT, transmissive IPS mode
Screen size (diagonal)
7,680(W) x RGB x 4,320(H)
The display will be exhibited at the “NHK/JEITA booth on October 7 – 10, 2015 during CEATEC JAPAN 2015 held at Makuhari Messe, Japan, in collaboration with NHK”.
One can only wait for further details of this exciting innovation in display technology, although, god only knows as to the price point which JDI have in mind, hopefully it will be reasonable, wait!, who am I kidding, you would probably need to sell a kidney for one of those. Sounds funny now, but remember those reports which circulated in 2012 which stated that a Chinese student sold an organ for an iPad, so no one do that.
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Tech companies are on a constant cycle of innovation with the aim of enticing consumers to spend more and more of their hard-earned cash, Televisions are a perfect example of this and have seen SD being usurped by HD, this was before 3D pushed its way to the front for it to be then beaten by 4K. Now, 4K is not all you need as Sharp are preparing to launch the first ever 8K display which looks set for its market debut in October 2015.
Companies have attempted to develop “super hi-vision” resolution test models, but these have only been as a prototype and have not been commercially available. Sharp hope to break through this barrier with an 8K format which provides 16 times as many pixels as 1080p high-definition, It also creates an image so detailed that it can appear three-dimensional.
I bet you would like to own one, but there might be a slight problem with that. Firstly, Sharp have unveiled the 8K model which is a colossal 85 inches in size. That’s OK, I did not need that front room wall there anyway, and secondly, the price currently stands at $133,000 dollars (£86,000) which is a lot. The market and price point would dictate that only industries which include broadcasters and also other companies involved in testing the format would be able to afford such an expensive piece of kit.
One market analyst has suggested that “8K TVs which are targeted at consumers would be released around 2016, and we don’t expect they will cross one million units until after 2019,” said Abhi Mallick, from IHS Technology. An image is below to convey the spec of these new screens as opposed to current pixel resolutions, as you can see, Full HD is dwarfed by the sheer detail of 8K.
It’s an exciting evolution in tech, albeit a slightly redundant one considering the lack of 8K featured content which is currently available to consumers. A further angle on this would be the demand aspect for such high-resolution screens, are consumers ready to adopt this format or is it one step to far for the commercial viability of 8K, 3D has been considered a damp squib for home adoption and content would need to be readily available in order for this format to succeed within the next few years or so, this would include an increase in broadband speeds for super hi res streaming content.
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Pro Gaming, eSports, LAN gaming or simply just playing your favourite games at home after a hard day at work, it doesn’t matter how and when you game, having the right tools for the job can make it a far more enjoyable experience. A great gaming mouse might not necessarily make you a better gamer, but it can help you game at the best of your abilities. The QPAD 8K Pro Gaming Laser Mouse has been designed to offer premium performance, for those who want to ensure they have every edge when they go into their digital battlefield; but is it any good? That’s what I hope to find out.
As you can see from the specifications below, the 8K is very well equipped, with a high-performance sensor for fast and accurate tracking, adjustable report rates, built-in memory, Omron switches, an ergonomic design and a few extras such as a braided cable and gold-plated connectors for good measure.
QPAD | 8K PRO GAMING LASER MOUSE
“In fact, your mouse is the most important link between you and the game you play. When bullets fly, and the difference between victory and defeat is measured by micro-millimeters and fractions of seconds, everything counts. Precision and accuracy are key factors that will impact the gaming experience greatly. Amongst professional gamers, QPAD is well known as a reliable provider of top-notch gaming gear with high quality and premium feel.”
“QPAD 8K features the award winning five-finger grip, gaming-grade laser sensor with 8200 true CPI, advanced 32-bit ARM processor controller unit to optimize the tracking performance, pre-mounted QPAD Glidz mouse feet’s, seven programmable buttons for profiles, sensitivity, shortcuts, keys and macro recordings. You can accurately move at speeds up to 3.8 meter per second without losing tracking abilities. The sensor pictures the surface with a shutter speed of 12.000 frames per second covering an area of 30×30 pixels per frame. This generates an image processing of 10.8 MB data per second. The QPAD 8K supports Plug & Play for easy installation, no drivers needed and carries 128kb on board memory that will store your personal profile settings. In addition to all this, the left and right buttons from Omron are built to last 20 million clicks with a distinctive feedback. Last but not least you can personalize your color settings. The QPAD 8K delivers where it matters: In feel and performance.”
QPAD 8K MAIN FEATURES
• Right handed, Ergonomic, five-finger grip.
• Advanced Laser sensor for optimized tracking performance.
• High quality Omron main switches with a distinct mechanical feedback (Lifetime: 20 Million)
• Advanced 32bit ARM M3 72Mhz processor controller unit to optimize the tracking performance
• Highly intuitive software
• Seven programmable buttons
• 16.8 million possible color variations via RGB LED lights
QPAD 8K FEATURES
• Carry bag for transport
• Advanced macro recording
• Low, medium or high on the fly sensitivity switches
• Ruberized soft touch surface
• QPAD Glidz mouse feets are pre-mounted
• Plug & Play for easy installation
• 128kb on board memory to store your settings
• Gold plated USB connectors
• 2 meter braided cable
• Several color modes such as wave, puls, rainbow flow, constant.
• Energy saving mode
The mouse comes well packaged in protective foam and a little introduction message on the inside of the box.
In the box, you’ll find the mouse, which comes hard-wired with a 2 meter braided cable, as well as a soft protective carry pouch.
The 8K has a really nice soft touch finish to the whole mouse, making it very easy to get a grip on the mouse.
There’s a nice curve on the left side that will provide your thumb with a good resting/grip area and there are two side buttons within easy reach. There’s also two LED indicators, a blue and a red. These help you differentiate which of the three DPI profiles you have selected.
On the right, you’ll find two ergonomic ridges that provide very comfortable finger resting positions. Obviously, this mouse is designed for right-hand users only and the shape is designed for a full palm rest grip style.
The centre of the 8k plays host to a pair of switches that can be used for the DPI toggle, as well as a rubberised high-quality scroll wheel.
Here you can see how wide this mouse is, with a very curvy ergonomic shape that should help keep your hand comfortable, even after a long gaming session.
Around the back, there’s a Q logo which is LED back lit. This logo and the scroll wheel can have the LED colour customised via the desktop software.
Four large slipmats on the base of the 8K should provide you with a fantastic amount of glide on virtually any surface.
RED, the American manufacturer of high-end, professional HD cameras, favoured by such lauded directors as Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, loves pushing its equipment into higher resolutions. The company, which released its first 4K camera, the RED One, back in 2007, at a time before 1080p was the home standard, is preparing to launch a whopping 8K RAW camera.
The RED Weapon Vista Vision has a 8,192×4,320, 35-megapixel sensor which can shoot 8K widescreen at 75fps, can record in RAW and ProRes formats simultaneously, and has a 40.96×21.6mm Vista Vision chip.
The price, however, is where this high-end piece of kit becomes expensively prohibitive: a RED Weapon Vista Vision will cost you at least $59,500, not counting lenses and accessories. Plus, the “camera” is essentially an upgrade for the 6K Weapon Woven CF, so anyone wanting to enjoy glorious 8K resolutions needs to buy the Weapon Woven CF for $49,500 and then add the $10,000 8K sensor, the price for which doubles to $20,000 after 16th April. Owners of the RED Scarlet or Epic cameras are entitled to credits towards Weapon models.
RED is yet to announce the release date or other specifications for the Weapon Vista Vision, but it will reportedly be available before the end of 2015.
Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.
While 4K UHD displays haven’t even been adopted properly due to the high prices, lack of content and sufficient performance of graphics adapters, LG goes further ahead and begins promoting the next step in resolution, the 8K UHD.
LG has reminded in a new press release that it is working on releasing 8K UHD 7680 x 4320 pixels displays, namely the 98-inch Color Prime Ultra HDTV presented at CES 2015. The company has also stated that it has improved the brightness of its 55-inch 8K UHD IPS panel boasting a resolution of 7680 x 4320 and 500nit by implementing M+ panel technology, adding textures to the existing RGB sub-pixel structure.
The company did not state when it will start mass production of the displays, but Apple has announced that they will be revealing an iMac 8K later this year. If it is an all-in-one PC or a standalone display, it remains to be seen when Apple decides to reveal its product. At the same time, Microsoft’s Windows 10 has already confirmed it will support 8K resolution displays.
While 8K sounds great at this stage, the market still lacks content in 8K. Currently, the only place that streams 8K resolution is NHK in Japan and the Technical Research Institute of Korean Broadcasting System. Even major Hollywood studios shoot movies in 6K and it will be a while until they adopt the 8K standard. Nonetheless, LG seems to be very optimistic about the future of 8K.
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Though 4K content is still sparse, Microsoft is looking ahead by bringing 8K video resolution support to its forthcoming operating system, Windows 10. 8K support will be available on displays larger than 27 inches, according to slides from Microsoft’s presentation in Shenzhen, China, last week.
A number of major display manufacturers debuted 8K televisions at CES 2015 this January, but the resolution standard is still years away from mainstream adoption, as is the smaller 4K resolution. In terms of content, only Japan’s NHK has made noises about adopting 8K, with the channel planning to broadcast the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 in 7680 x 4320 resolution.
Gaming, however, is likely to see an accelerated adoption of 8K, with both NVIDIA and AMD preparing SLI configurations to handle the ultra-high definition aspect, and Windows launching DirectX 12 this year. Star Citizen is one major release that is aiming for native 8K support; not forgetting professional industries and digital signage that may also use the higher resolution in the near future.
QPAD has released their latest mouse named the 8K and labelled with “16.8 million improvements”. The 8K is a souped-up version of their award-winning 5K mouse and comes with entirely new hardware on the inside.
The QPAD 8K is delivered in a sleekly designed box and comes with a carry bag. Inside it got a new and more advanced sensor, a more powerful CPU, more memory and QPAD also created a new piece of software to control it.
The five-finger grip mouse’s new sensor pictures the surface with a shutter speed of 12,000 frames per second over an area of 30 by 30 pixels. This generates an image of 10.8 MB data in processing power per second. Underlying this is 8200 true CPI and advanced 32-bit ARM processor controller unit to optimize the tracking performance.
It has seven programmable buttons for profiles, sensitivity, shortcuts, keys and macro recordings and also comes with QPAD’s GLidz mouse feet. The mouse also has a 128kb onboard memory to store your personal profile settings.
The left and right buttons are using Omron switches with a rating of 20 million clicks and the distinctive feedback that gamers like. As initially mentioned, the mouse comes with 16.8 million improvements which of course refers to the built-in and customisable RGB LED light.
Sensor technology: Gaming-grade laser sensor
Sensitivity: 200 – 8200 CPI (Counts/inch)
Max Acceleration: 30 G
Max Speed: 3.8m/sec | 150 IPS (inch/sec)
Image processing: 10.8 MPS (Megapixels/second)
USB report rate: 125, 250, 500, 1000 Hz
USB Data format: 16 bits/axis
Sensing pixels: 30×30 pixels
Sampling rate: 12.000 FPS (Frames/second)
Cable: Braided cable 2 meter
USB plug: Gold plated USB
Response time: 1 ms
MCU Controller unit: 32bit ARM M3 72Mhz processor
Backlight: RGB led 16.7 million colors
Installation: Plug & Play
Onboard memory: 128 kb
Main buttons: Omron switches. Left / right. 20 mil.clicks
Shape: Right-handed, Ergonomic, five-finger grip.
Software: For advanced features and functions.
The QPAD 8K will be available at the end of February at an 79€ MSRP.
Thanks to QPAD for providing us with this information
Feeling big with that new 4K ASUS latop, or 5K iMac? Well now feel what it’s like to be brought back down to earth. The guilty party for doing so is the Video Electronics Standards Association (or VESA for short) has unveiled Embedded DisplayPort 1.4a, which allows for all-in-ones and laptops to connect to 8K displays. To make this easier, the technology uses compression to get all the data into the video feed, and divides displays into two or four segments, allowing the pipeline to cope with the extra pixels.
But wait, there’s more! In doing this, PCs will need less data paths to drive lower resolutions, which will result in the usage of tinner and more efficient displays. This means laptops that “only” support 4K could gain increased battery life. With these new systems using DisplayPort 1.4a shipping next year, this is more than a theoretical exercise. However, all this will be dependent on how fast 8K displays become readily available and affordable.
All we ever hear about lately is 4K and how it’s the latest and greatest technology and for the most part it is, and with lower prices occurring every day, it’s becoming more and more affordable for the average gamer.
For those not in the know, 4K offers four times the resolution of Full HD 1080p and if you haven’t had a chance to experience that yet, we advise you to stop what you’re doing and head down to your local Best Buy, PC World or wherever to check it out for yourself in all its glory.
For those who have experienced 4K, you may be wondering what the next logical step is, and of course (even with the mention of 5K surrounding the watercooler) it’s actually 8K. We had our first experience of this at CES 2014 when we saw Sharp showcasing their 8K TV, but compared to the quality of the illustrious 4K 85″ monster from Samsung, it didn’t actually look that impressive, but I guess it was still early days, as they were the only brand showing off 8K, most likely trying to win the numbers game, I guess.
PCGamesN took some time to dig into 8K a little bit further, and to discuss with both AMD and NVIDIA to get feedback on this upcoming technology and exactly what they are both doing to bring it to market. Upon speaking to AMD’s Chief Gaming Scientist, Richard Huddy about 8K, he had the following to say:
“If we get to a display resolution of about 8k horizontally and about 6k vertically then, for a player with 20/20 vision, they will have something that is close to perfect for their visual system.”
After looking at the human eye, we know that beyond the above mentioned sizes, the eye won’t be able to see any more detail, meaning that 8K and beyond could potentially be pretty pointless, apart from being part of the numbers game, as Sharp have already tried showing.
NVIDIA also commented on the same issue, with their head of GeForce GTX saying:
“4K for most GPUs is pretty tough, the 980 handles it well but it’s still one of those things that the more GPUs you have the better it looks.”
Obviously having the raw GPU power is one thing, but we also need a few extra pieces of the puzzle to make it all fit together, and this includes the DisplayPort bandwidth and of course the extreme refresh reate that will be needed too.
Looking at the further comments from Richard Huddy, he believes that 8K won’t blossom like 4K did, out of no where, but instead will utilise AMD EyeFinity in conjunction with AMD Radeon graphics cards in their patented CrossFireX configuration.
I definitly think the future of vision is something to get excited about, and with the cost of 4K panels dropping in price fairly rapidly, 8K could be just around the corner, and with comments both from AMD and NVIDIA about how the technology is going to be implemented, it’s clear that both the red and green teams have it in their sights.
While I say that it’s just around the corner, if you look at the official Steam survey and what resolutions are used in the mainstream, you’ll find that a lot of people still game on Netbooks and the like, meaning that HD 1080p isn’t even at the top of the list and 4K being a small dot in comparison, so while it may just be around the corner for the future of ultra HD 8K resolutions, it may only be for the rich and famous at the present time.
LG wants to be king of IFA 2014 in Berlin, and this giant 8K screen, measuring 98 inch, could very well give them that crown. In a closed-door conference, LG presented their amazing new television for the ones lucky to get invited.
The giant 98 inch 8K Ultra HD TV doesn’t have a name nor a price-tag, so far it’s just a proof of concept. But it sure is a beautiful one. The 16 times HD resolution is run at 120 Hz and it uses traditional LCD panels over OLED. The picture-details should be very clear despite the huge screen size, with this awesome 8680 x 4320 resolution.
As it is now, there’s barely any 4K movies or TV content in this format and that makes this 8K screen more of a gimmick. It looks more like it’s something LG did just to show off. They did however say that they could have a mass production up and running within an year, that is if the demand is there. I’m not betting on it for now, but it’s nice to see manufacturers thinking into the future instead of just milking the same old cow.
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Just as you think that no more pixels can be crammed into a display Sharp comes along and proves everyone wrong. Sharp are developing an incredible 8K OLED display in the 13.3 inch form factor for notebook PCs. The mind-boggling display offers up a 7680 x 4320 8K resolution with an incredible pixel density of 664 PPI. The advanced prototype display has 500 million pixel transistors and the backplane has c-axis aligned crystalline oxide semiconductor field effect transistors. The display has been created by combining white-light LEDs with three different microcavities used to narrow wavelengths down to RGB colours. The red has apparently suffered due to the technique used offering “only” 84% of the colour gamut set by NTSC standards.
The bad news is that a spokesperson at the event where the display was shown off said it was difficult to say if the new 8K OLED display would ever make it into consumer-grade products, especially not in the near future as we’re already struggling to mainstream 4K due to the high panel costs. 8K displays will almost definitely be the worthy successors to 4K displays but given the relative immaturity of 4K displays it looks like we still have some way to go before they become anything close to mainstream.
Sony, Samsung, LG and many other electronic giants have been investing in 3D technology for quite some time now and it’s safe to say they’ve made some great advances too, with the technology for 1080p 3DTV coming down in price almost every month and the technology used to capture and broadcast such content has seen massive improvements too, but there is a catch, resolutions are quickly on the rise at the moment and were on the brink of a superHD revolution, and with it comes a whole new set of problems for 3DTV.
4K Ultra High Defenition TV is the current consumer flagship and while there are little to no movies really in the format at this time, the tide is turning and its slowly becoming the enthusiast weapon of choice, so long as you have a spare £10,000 – £15,000 to get decent enough equipment to enjoy it and that’s before you buy surround sound, a movie and the popcorn! Yikes.
The Japan Broadcasting Corp (NHK, Nippon Hoso Kyokai) are the leading voice on 8K video and while they say that 8K is the last hurdle for 2D tech, they say the battle for the ultimate 3D resolution is just beginning.
“One of the main reasons we carried out research into 8K TV is due to the characteristics of human perception. Our conclusion is that 8K will be the final two-dimensional television format. The resolution involved is the highest that the human eye can process. Any further developments will be in 3D,” said Kimio Hamasaki of NHK to The Hollywood Reporter.
4K may offer sharper images that can melt your brain with awe, I know, I’ve seen 4K, but 8K just boggles the mind and the demos we saw at CES 2013 are beyond description, but 8K is as high as a sub 220″ TV ever needs to be, even high end cinema screens only run on 4K!
HNK didn’t bother with 3D, they’ve got their eyes on the future and for them stereo 3D just didn’t cut it. They’re already developing the next-gen of 3D and I wouldn’t hold out for it any time soon either, given that they’ve been developing 8K video since 2005 and the technology has only spawned a handful of capable displays at this time, and content is even more scarce than that. True stereoscopic 3D technology that will truly deceive our eyes and brains will require resolutions that are simply impossible to display at this time.
“The current stereoscopic 3D format just provides a different image to the left and right eye to create a 3D image in the brain. The integral photographic 3D that we are researching creates actual spatial images in front of the screen. Integral 3-D requires a lot of pixels. Super Hi-Vision needs about 33 million pixels, and integral 3D will take 10 to 100 times as many as that,” said Mr. Hamasaki.