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Godfrey Reggio VisitorsGodfrey Reggio, who created the Qatsi Trilogy, is back again with another hypnotic film called Visitors. The film, which is composed of just 74 total shots (but is 87 minutes long) and showed at the Toronto International Film Festival, is currently screening around the country. The Creators Project recently went in-depth with Reggio and others involved in the project, and put together a fantastic BTS video. We’ve also got another great video that takes you behind the scenes of the film, which is presented by Steven Soderbergh. More »

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Panasonic VariCam 35Panasonic has been teasing a 4K VariCam for a few NAB shows in a row now, but the camera has, up until now, just been a prototype hidden under glass. Back in the fall it became clear that the real thing was coming at NAB 2014, and now the company has unveiled the first images of the final model, along with a number of specs, which include 4K RAW and 4K variable frame rates up to 120fps. They’ve also got a brand new 2/3″ VariCam high-speed camera, which can do 1080p up to 240fps. More »

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HEVC-High-Effeciency-Video-Coding h265What might seem like a boring announcement on the surface, is very important for the future of the web, and more specifically, 4K video. MPEG LA, the group that handles licensing for H.264 — and now the HEVC codec — have worked with major companies on a new licensing agreement to settle any royalty issues for using the codec. While the agreement isn’t 100% final yet, at least there are now guidelines going forward about who will be asked to pay for the usage of the codec. Click through for more on this announcement and how it may affect you. More »

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Polaroid 4kWith Netflix now streaming in 4K and Amazon releasing their original series in it, along with a plethora of UHD monitors finding their market, it looks as though 4K adoption is steadily on the incline. Maybe another indication of this is that a very unlikely contender in the 4K TV market has made themselves known. In a departure from their expertise in film and instant photography, Polaroid announced their very own UHD TV, which is one of the most inexpensive sets yet and is large enough to appeal to most consumers. Continue on for more info. More »

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Netflix 4K4K is pretty much “the next big thing,” like it or not. Of course, for 4K to really mesmerize you in your living room, there will need to be both UHD TVs and 4K content available — eventually. As far as the content side of things goes, Netflix is taking 4K delivery very seriously. And while widespread availability of true ultra-high def media is going to take some time, you may not have to wait nearly as long for select Netflix presentations in 4K. In fact, if you own one of a select few types of smart TVs, you may be watching the second season of House of Cards in 4K this coming Spring. More »

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LG 4k monitor4K computer monitors aren’t new. In fact, several models are currently available right now from makers such as Asus, Sharp, and Dell. However, LG recently announced their first 4K monitor, which seems to be targeted at filmmakers. How? Well, typically 4K monitors offer a 16:9 aspect ratio, but this 31″ monitor, called 31MU95, not only offers 4K resolution, but also a 19:10 IPS panel (a DCI compliant 1.9 aspect ratio), which LG has dubbed “Real 4K.” Continue on for more. More »

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Recently, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) organized a meeting to review the standardization for Ultra High-Definition Television (UHDTV). The need for standards is especially important since shipments of ultra high-def TV sets are expected to reach four million units by 2017. More »

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Panasonic 4K VariCam 3Panasonic was one of the first companies to really bring cinematic images into the HD realm with the original Varicam, but their large sensor video camera releases over the last few years have not quite matched up with the competition. What has truly been missing from their lineup is a higher-end Super 35mm camera, which they have apparently been working on for some time now. Shown off at the last few NABs, the new 4K Varicam should make a working appearance at next year’s NAB. Dan Chung from Newsshooter got some time with Panasonic’s Neil (Noriaki) Ugo at Inter BEE 2013 to talk about their products: More »

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4K Porn is Coming from Huccio - nofilmschoolThe adult industry, always looking for a way to make some noise, is now jumping head-first into 4K porn distribution. While shooting porn in 4K is actually nothing new (the RED ONE has been used a bit), a new company called Huccio is claiming to be the first in porn to actually master and distribute their content in 4K. Regardless of your opinion on this — and judging by nofilmschool demographics you probably have a strong one — it could have very real effects not only for porn, but for the entire movie industry. More »

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Video thumbnail for vimeo video Panasonic 4K Varicam - nofilmschoolEver since ‘digital’ became synonymous with ‘cinema,’ digital motion picture cameras have held a kind of dual citizenship. Now, any such camera can be considered either a video camera or a digital cinema camera. The only difference is how the camera’s used. Manufacturers such as JVC and Panasonic have mostly stuck to professional broadcast and prosumer video solutions — leaving the expressed digicine market in the hands of peers like Sony. Regardless, the push for 4K and UHD has leaked into broadcast and prosumer realms, leaving some folks (such as myself) wondering: when will Panasonic get to the party? And, in what way? Read some details on Panasonic’s upcoming 4K Varicam, and reasoning behind its 4K hesitancy, below. More »

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itu r rec 709 2020 hdtv 4k uhd ultra high definition 2As some have speculated, the recent push for 4K/UHD may have as much to do with hype as it does with quality. And, as has been stated time and time again: you may not get a huge benefit from 4K in your home, depending on viewing distance and screen size. There are some other factors, however, that make ‘Ultra HD’ technology desirable, regardless of clarity so crisp you can’t even tell how crisp it really is. These factors are the other important goals defined in the ITU-R’s (aptly dubbed) Rec. 2020 spec for 4K/UHD. Namely, they are (larger) color space and (progressive-only) frame rate. More »

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The biggest complaint about Ultra High Definition televisions is that their prices are still astronomical. Right now, if you want to watch 4K content, you don’t have too many choices in your home that won’t have you selling your car or refinancing your home. Things are certainly getting interesting though, especially as Sony just announced some $5,000 4K TVs, and a company from China, Seiki, is shipping a $1,500 4K TV (which has been on sale for as low as $1,200-$1,300). Is it any good though? Read on for some first impressions. More »

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Until more recently, the home theater/consumer side of 4K has been a bit beyond the reach of the average consumer. The $25,000 pricing of Sony’s 84-inch Bravia 4K TV, for instance, is simply prohibitive to all but the most enthusiastic home viewers — but Sony’s newly price-pointed 55 and 65-inch screens are poised to address that point, set to go for $5,000 and $7,000, respectively. And just in case you were wondering what (and how) Sony expects you to actually watch on such a thing, the company’s also unveiled its $699 FMP-X1 4K media player, plus an eventual distribution service, to go along with them cheap(er) UHD TV screens. Check out some more details below. More »

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It’s a safe bet Sony will not be left behind in the 4K home media arms race, but that’s about the only thing clear regarding the topic at this point, because Sony does not yet seem to have a clear strategy for 4K home delivery. Do you need Sony’s 4K TV to access it, or don’t you? It’s now looking like either will be answered “yes.” This is because another platform for a 4K delivery service will be the upcoming Playstation 4 video game console (which was strangely left out of their PS4 announcement, probably because 4K is only planned for video, not games, at the moment). While we don’t know too much about their 4K home delivery service yet, there’s talk about downloads up to 100 gigabytes or greater. But will this really happen, and more to the point, are 100GB downloads the only option for 4K? More »

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Several recent developments are helping to bring more 4K (or “more-K“) to your television screen than many of us might have anticipated, even a year ago. RED has big ideas for your home theater (pictured left), consumer electronics companies are starting to roll out some screens with very high pixel densities, media mega-vendors YouTube and Netflix will (or already do) support 4K, and to bring just about everything together, H.265 will be dilating streaming efficiency on 1 billion devices near you. 4K will likely find its way to you via the web a lot sooner than it will through your cable subscription — unless, of course, you live in Japan. To reinvigorate the country’s (somehow) floundering consumer electronics economy, its ministry of communications will be making 2014 the year of 4K in Japan. And perhaps beyond, not long after that. More »

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We consistently hear that 4K won’t be happening for a long, long time, especially considering plenty of broadcasters only made the switch a few years ago. I’ve been somewhere in the middle in thinking it won’t happen tomorrow, and it will happen sooner than 10 years. Solutions are beginning to show up from RED and Sony for 4K distribution (at least as far as movies are concerned), and of course we’ve had the cameras capable of 4K for quite a while now — with more on the way. Now it looks like the TV landscape could be changing drastically. LG and Samsung, two of the biggest display makers, have been having serious issues with OLED high definition panels, so instead it looks like they may be shifting focus instead to 4K panels. More »