November 27, 2018

Watch: A Look Into the First Ever Film Shot on 16K

16K Short Film
We check out ‘Prairie Wind’ and see how filmmaker Martin Lisius was able to create the world’s first 16K short film workflow.

If you thought 8K filmmaking was cool, peep this. Seasoned weathered videographer Martin Lisius has just dropped what is perhaps the first ever short film shot on 16K.

Let’s take a look at the 4-minute “Prairie Wind” (note: which can obviously only be viewed at max 8K with the right hardware). As well as peek into how Lisius was able to create his custom cross-stitch setup for recording 16K video footage as he traveled across the Great Plains searching for supercells and the rarest and most powerful thunderstorms.

A 16K Short Film

“I’ve captured hurricanes, tornadoes, and lightning on Super 35mm motion picture film, 4K and even 3D. I wanted to try something different, something more immersive. I knew I could build a 16K camera system, I just didn’t know how good the results would be until I tried it.”

It takes a certain type of madman to storm chase. I’ve seen Twister (1996) enough times to know that. It also takes a certain type of madness to attempt to shoot for a resolution which viewability isn’t even technically possible for the majority of technology.

Behind the 16K Video Workflow

16K Camera Setup

Lisius’ setup is actually a pretty ingenious invention. Using two high-resolution Canon stills cameras and a custom-designed mount (pictured above), Lisius was able to create a dual-sensor setup where both cameras could be stitched to create one, seamless 16K image (15,985 x 5792 pixels).

From there, he’d take the roughly 700 image (or about 23 seconds in duration) clips and render them as 16K video clips. And while an audience might not be able to see his final product for some time, it’s results even downgraded to 8K still quite impressive.

For more information on Martin Lisius and “Prairie Wind” you can check out his Vimeo page and his production company Prairie Pictures. For more news, here are some exciting articles about the future high resolution filmmaking including some exciting rumors from Sony and the first ever 8K footage recorded in space.     

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9 Comments

Yeah, but wanna know what's cooler than 16K????

1,000,000K. That's what.

November 27, 2018 at 10:38PM

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Derek Doublin
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Content is not king anymore.

November 27, 2018 at 11:59PM

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Rod P
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Whatever .... i'm going with Martin has too much time on his hands.

November 28, 2018 at 8:30AM

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It's a pity that my computer and monitor can't me show really quality of this...

November 28, 2018 at 9:21AM

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David Garlencia
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Do you know what's really, I mean REALLY cooler than 16K? Having something really interesting to say and put it into a film narrative. We definitely have entered the relm of form over substances.

November 28, 2018 at 9:35AM, Edited November 28, 9:35AM

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Would it kill you guys to be less cynical and pessimistic? Doesn't it ever get tiring?

November 28, 2018 at 3:46PM

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Luke Neumann
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Right?

November 30, 2018 at 6:40PM

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Ryan Sauve
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We did a 16K production in 2017 with two Red Heluim 8K cameras bolted at an angle on a single tripod and stitched in post. A huge project for the National Museum of Qatar involving a massive international crew. Rolled my eyes reading this clickbait crap.

December 4, 2018 at 2:41PM

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Ben McAllister
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Absolutely beautiful. Regardless of what some of the comments say, this film is all about content.

December 22, 2018 at 11:52AM

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You know what I wanna see ? Better codecs - more dynamic range - better color science ... the last thing I want is to see the nose hairs of the person in front of the camera ! Cameras should have stopped at 4k and invested more time in all of the above. Very few people in the world have 4k screens and if they do ..very few have fast enough internet to actually stream it ... and yes in the future thats gonna change ...but that also gonna mean more headaches on the workflow of such files. There was a time when sd was around for years - then HD came along and it was around for years ...from then on it seems like the resolutions are getting bigger every year !

December 29, 2018 at 7:33AM

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Sherif Francis
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