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Oliver Peters
Re: RED 8k camera, a sign of things to come from apple?
on Oct 8, 2017 at 1:54:54 pm

So what's the fascination with 8K anyway? Theaters aren't close to that resolution and they are the gold standard. Most of the 4K you see isn't truly 4K resolution - especially if you are viewing a compressed format over the web or on an OTT channel.

I just did a job (2-cam interview) shot with an 8K RED and a 4K A7S. The A7S looked better in that case. The only interest I see now for 8K - and for most of 4K - is either bragging rights or to punch in, as needed. For example, Fincher shoots 6K, frames within 5K as "safe" (for repo and stabilization), and delivers 4K.

A lot of my jobs lately are shooting 4K, but cutting in 1080. I often punch into the 4K for tighter shots and end up having to slightly sharpen, because the punched-in 4K (even at less than 100%) is not as sharp as native 1080 and certainly not as sharp as 4K scaled down to 1080. Frankly, a lot of the 1080 scaled up 120-140% (for tighter angles) looks nearly as good, given the right camera.

- Oliver

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