Tuesday, February 26, 2013

How do ink drops look in 4K? Simply incredible

In case you happened to have just purchased a brand new top-of-the-line 4K TV, you may be wondering exactly what you can watch with all those pixels. The answer, or at least one answer, is a series of slow-motion ink drops.

So the repertoire of 4K video (also officially known as “Ultra HD” by the Consumer Electronics Association, or CEA) might be pretty limited right now, but every new example is still enough to whet the appetite of videophiles everywhere.

For the 99.99% of consumers who don’t have an expensive 4K TV, you can still get a glimpse of just how powerful the new video standard is. Jacob and Katie Schwarz have been uploading 4K videos to YouTube for several months. Most of them get views in the tens of thousands. But the latest one, “INK DROPS 4K (ULTRA HD),” has received more than half a million views.

What’s so special about this one? There’s something more ethereal about the majestic slow-motion blotches of ink that provide a much deeper sensory satisfaction than watching a scenic landscape or animals in nature, even if you don’t have a 4K display.

4k ink drops
You can still see just how crisp the images are when they’re shot with such an amazing resolution. Toggling through the video’s settings, from 240p to 1080p, is the best way of showing how the video experience changes as you up the resolution, and it sparks the imagination to wonder what other content could be brought in a more lifelike way than ever before.
Aside from very specialized pieces of content or equipment, the only real draw for Ultra HD sets is the ability to upscale 1080p media, and of course the promise that more content will be on the way soon.
Before being ushered into the consumer market, 4K (“Ultra HD”) displays have been used primarily for commercial purposes, whether it’s digital in-store displays or eye-catching advertisements at arenas or trade shows. Now that the CEA has set specific standards and specifications, though, expect the ushering in of Ultra HD content to begin in earnest.

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