The world’s most popular video hosting site YouTube, is now actively supporting videos at 8K resolution. To those of you not familiar with exactly what this means, 8K resolution represents 7680 x 4320 pixels (4320p), which is sixteen times more detailed than the current 1080p standard.
From analogue to 8K
For those of us who grew up with three or four analogue TV channels and fuzzy VHS tapes, the arrival of 1080p was a revelation when it became a widespread visual standard – now details could be revealed that would previously have been essentially invisible.
Then came 4K, with four times the resolution of 1080p and everyone’s jaws dropped when they first saw the clarity and depth of the recorded footage.
8K is not a new technology as such, having existed in various forms for a few years now. Unfortunately however, most of us do not yet have the means to view it online in all its glory.
High-definition online videos
YouTube and Vimeo have been hosting 4K videos for the last few years, and at So Motion (and our new aerial filming sister company Drone Air), we have welcomed the improvements and have ensured that we use the higher quality resolution to its fullest.
While we also welcome the arrival of 8K, as we do any advances in visual quality, it is possibly a leap too far for YouTube and its users at this stage in time.
You can view an example of an 8K video on YouTube here (remember to select 8K from the settings menu), but only if you have a very fast internet connection.
Are YouTube running before they can walk, or are they simply demonstrating foresight? We think this is currently overkill as most people will not even be able to watch the videos smoothly at 8K, but it’s obvious that this issue will soon be overcome, as user’s bandwidth speeds improve.
If you would like to find out more about the benefits of high resolution video for your business, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01273 921991.
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