May 3, 2017 at 3:13AM

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UHD or DCI

I'm struggling with whether to buy a UHD or a DCI capable camera.
Is it worth the extra bucks to go for the wider format?

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UHD is a resolution.
DCI is a special standard for exporting movie files for the cinema industry.
That's two completely different things.

May 3, 2017 at 4:35AM

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Eric Halbherr
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Actually... you are confusing DCI with DCP.
DCI is a 4K resolution standard, which has a resolution of 4096 × 2160 pixels (256:135, approximately a 1.9:1 aspect ratio). ... UHD has a resolution of 3840 × 2160 (16:9, or approximately a 1.78:1 aspect ratio).
Digital Cinema Package (DCP) is a collection of digital files used to store and convey digital cinema (DC) audio, image, and data streams.

May 3, 2017 at 12:27PM

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Jerry Roe
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Some cameras shoot both formats, so why choose if you don't have to ?

May 3, 2017 at 12:33PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Because the cameras that shoot both formats cost more.

Jerry Roe

May 4, 2017 at 2:21AM

This depends on where you are selling your content.

Typically cameras that capture 4k vs UHD cost more, but are also targeted at professional motion pictures.

If your clients require that you can shoot on a native 4k camera, then you should look at the DCI(4k camera)

Otherwise there is no quality loss scaling up UHD to 4k.

May 4, 2017 at 11:49AM

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>>>Because the cameras that shoot both formats cost more.

What price range and what cameras are you looking at ?

May 6, 2017 at 7:31AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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