Bit depth is a term we hear floating around a lot in the worlds of photography and video. And, with the latter of those two topics, many confuse bit depth with bitrate. But what exactly is bit depth? In this video from ZY Productions, we look at the topic of bit depth to find out exactly what it means, and how it affects your images.
Bit depth is something we hear spoken of a lot. When the Panasonic GH5 was announced with the ability to shoot 10Bit video, a lot of people went kinda loopy. Equally as anticipated now is the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K’s 12Bit RAW CinemaDNG.
But what is it? And what does it mean in real terms for your footage or images? Well, the guys at the Videomaker channel on YouTube have your back, and they’re here to explain in this 3-minute video.
The new Panasonic Lumix GH5 will record 10Bit 4:2:2 video internally, but what exactly does that mean? how will it benefit you? Isn’t video just video? Why is this such a big deal? No, video isn’t just video, and it means quite a great deal.
Fortunately for us, Filmmaker Griffin Hammond is here to explain. In short, it offers more tone in colours with less risk of banding in gradients. It makes it easier to chroma key or green screen your footage. It also makes it easier to correct and grade your footage with minimal loss.