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Saturday, July 10, 2010

YouTube now supports 4K video

Read about it here on YouTube's official blog. In layman's terms, this is more than FOUR times the resolution of 1080P high-def video.

And for some reason, YouTube made sure to note that "IMAX movies are projected through two 2k resolution projectors".

Ummmm... why is YouTube doing this? I haven't a clue. Perhaps someone could enlighten me about this. Because I'm having a very hard time imagining why anyone would need to display video at 4096 x 2304 (do they even make monitors that big?).

Heck, I've seen 1080P projected onto a regular-sized movie screen, and it looked just as good as regular film. Not really sure what mainstream purpose 4K could be serving at the moment.


Jessica Britton said...

Perhaps because of the RED cameras that are becoming available, which have even higher resolution?

Chris Knight said...

Yah, the RED One's resolution is positively bonkers! I'd LOVE to be able to possess one :-) In terms of end-viewing display though, how many people are gonna have or even *want* to watch YouTube at that high a resolution?

It did cross my mind that perhaps the YouTube eggheads are taking into consideration that people might want to digitally project YouTube-hosted content (say, for presentations etc.) That would make sense. But some will also come back and say that YouTube hasn't gotten 1080P streaming working good yet... so how is four times that size going to be any better?