We’ve already seen some stunning footage and photos from the International Space Station (ISS). But now, NASA’s had the science “scaled up” and has published a UHD video from the International Space Station. This is the first ever 8K video from the ISS and it gives you an insight into what it’s like to be inside the ISS and view our beautiful planet from there.
The old megapixel wars seem to have mostly died off when it comes to photography. But for video, companies are pushing for higher and higher resolutions every year, it seems. As soon as 1080p became standard, they started pushing 4K. Now that 4K has become more accepted, it’s time for 8K.
You know we’re at peak levels of crazy when somebody shoves 16 8K RED Helium sensors into a single camera. But that’s exactly what Facebook and RED have done with the new Manifold 360 camera.
Designed for “immersive cinematography”, the Manifold allows RAW video capture from all 16 cameras at 8K resolution and 60 frames per second each simultaneously. Oh yeah, it’s way out there.
We’ve all seen spectacular views of NYC a bunch of times. However, none of them could ever match the quality of this UHD video recently posted by Phil Holland on Youtube. Using three Red 8K cameras, he ended up creating beautiful panoramas in 12K resolution. Unfortunately, Youtube can only play videos up to 8K at the moment so we can’t see its full potential for now. Regardless, this ultra high-resolution video is still such an eye-candy.
You guys remember that super blue moon eclipse a couple of months ago, right? Well, while many of us were sitting at home watching it on our computer screens, photographer William Briscoe was out in the Alaskan snow shooting 360° timelapse. And this 8K 360° video captures the beautiful the Aurora Borealis in the middle of it.
Shot on January 31st just near Fairbanks Alaska, William’s film has a fantastic view of the light show as the moon crosses the sky and temporarily disappears into blackness. If you have a VR goggles, or a headset to hold your phone, then just hit play, sit back and relax. It’s only just over a minute long, but it’s a gorgeous sight to see.
Well, it seems that Sony isn’t the only one with a global shutter CMOS announcement of late. According to a press release, Panasonic has also just announced a new global shutter CMOS sensor. This one, though, is capable of shooting up to 60 frames per second at 8K (36MP) resolution. Unlike Sony, which utilises a rear illuminated design with parallel DA converter, Panasonic’s uses an organic photoconductive film (OPF) to allow simultaneous readout of all the pixels on each frame.
It feels like only yesterday that the world was being convinced that 4K is the future. Now, at a rapid pace, we’re already being pushed toward 8K. I’m not complaining. The higher resolution the cameras & capture devices get, the more options we get in post – even if the final content is being created for 1080p or 4K display.
Sharp recently announced its new 8K broadcast camera a few days ago, and now Blackmagic have come along with their new DeckLink 8K Pro. A capture card that’ll work with SD, HD, UHD, 4K and 8K 12Bit RGB 4:4:4 signals. It can also handle 64 audio channels and stereoscopic 3D. And it does it in real time.
Just when you thought we’d settled on 4K, along comes 8K. Sharp have announced their new 8C-B60A (catchy name) 8K Professional Camcorder, and it will set you back $77,000 if you want one. While RED and Sony have both also released 8K cameras, this seems geared more toward broadcasters rather than cinema. It does sound like quite an impressive camera, though.
It captures 10Bit 8K footage (approx 33MP) at 60fps with a Super 35mm sensor (basically 1.5x crop APS-C). It comes with a custom 2TB SSD pack onto which you can fit a mere 40 minutes of footage. It features a PL mount, and uses Grass Valley’s HQX codec which reduces file sizes and requires minimal processing to ease storage, transmission and editing.
As technology is advancing, our notion of what’s “standard” changes. The resolution used to be measured in lines, and today 4K is rapidly becoming a standard. But according to Matt Granger, 8K is to replace it in the near future. In this video, he explains why it’s important to embrace 8K as soon as you can, even though it’s still quite challenging. He gives the typical reasons against it but tries to beat them with his reasoning why you should be ahead of the curve and start investing in 8K.