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Electronics February, 9th 2011 by Nick

Forget High Definition.. 4K is the new reference

If the place that you call home happens to be anywhere but Myanmar or Afghanistan, chances are you have been enjoying the joys of HD Video for a few years now. Looking back, it’s hard to imagine just a few years ago we didn’t mind watching tv with a crappy NTSC or PAL signal.

However, as is always the case, just when you think your 50 inch full HD TV-set will suffice for quite a few years, a new quality standard is about to take the TV-world by storm: 4K Video. Will 4K be able to change the game or is it the next epic fail like goggle-assisted 3DTV?

Technology

To get an idea of the resolution that 4K derives it name from, 4K projectors can show 8.8 megapixels. That might not seem like much compared even to entry-level digital cameras that shoot as high as 12 megapixels, but with movies running at 24 frames per second this takes a lot of processing power. As for the data requirements for this digital format, uncompressed 2K needs 228MB/s and 4K needs 911MB/s (that’s megabytes, not bits).

Support

4K’s success depends on the average early adopter’s willingness to drop huge amounts of money on one of the first 4K TV Display. Currently, Sony is one of the only brands that is sporting a 4K TV in their production lineup, but priced at $75,000 the demand for this thing won’t be very large, to say the least. Moreover, by the time these prices will drop down to a level that’s acceptable for consumers, the USA will be celebrating it’s first female alien life-form as president. Also, even if you happen to be one of the lucky owners of a 4K TV, right now 4K media is pretty much impossible to find as of yet.

Youtube

Of course Youtube is the first tube site that supports 4K video. To get an idea of the quality we’re talking about, check out these samples: (Set resolution to original)

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