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Today’s digital video cameras are able to make images that exceed the quality of film. Higher resolutions like 4K, 6K and 8K capture more detail than ever before, but call for increasing data rates, file sizes and storage requirements. The good news is that as cameras have improved, so has the capacity, speed and reliability of storage, so that now, shooting in the highest resolutions is neither experimental nor difficult: it’s just an amazing option for you to use if you need the best pictures possible.
The rapid and inexorable rise of video camera capability over the last decade and a half has been little short of miraculous. The very first digital cameras couldn’t shoot video and their images did little to worry film stock manufacturers. But the rate of progress was staggering. The cameras available today can capture video at sixteen times the resolution of HD (four times the linear resolution), extending the choices available to filmmakers beyond what they could reasonably have imagined just a few years ago.
Sixteen times the resolution of HD actually does mean sixteen times the data. Shooting at 60p doubles this. A single frame of uncompressed 8K video contains as much data as around thirty copies of War and Peace. A feature film would create more raw data than half a million books. This sounds tricky...[continue reading]