Here’s a quick history of video resolution. For those of us that are old enough to remember standard definition tube TVs, the rough digital equivalent was 720 pixels by 480 pixels. When high definition (HD) was introduced, it started at 1280 x 720 (also called 720p) and quickly moved to 1920 x 1080 (also called 1080p). 1080p has been the standard for the past eight to 10 years, roughly. Within the past couple years, 4K (3840 x 2160) TVs, displays, and camcorders have started to flood the consumer marketplace. Looking to the future, resolution will just continue to increase...4K is not the ceiling. 5K (5120 x 2880) and 8K (7680 x 4320) already exist.As I read a press release of another DAM vendor announcing support of 4K last week, I remembered that I had experimented with 4K files within the Media Collective some time ago. Back in September of 2014, I added the first 4K video file to the Media Collective.
When I uploaded the file, I remember not being terribly worried about the Media Collective being able to process it. The reason: resolution is not nearly as important as the codec (format) when it comes to a DAM or a video asset management system being able to handle extremely high-resolution video.
Not shortly after the DAM vendor released their press release, I received an email from our CTO asking if we supported 4K video. I shared the link to the sample video above and told him to note the date of upload. We supported 4K video back on September 16, 2014. To be honest, we most certainly supported it before that date — it just happened to be the first date I uploaded an actual 4K file. As our CTO is constantly looking and planning towards the future, he asked me about our ability to support 5K files.
As I mentioned earlier, in a DAM system, resolution is not as important as codec or format. I was quickly able to create a sample 5K video file AND......wait for it......an 8K video file, upload it to the Media Collective, and have it preview and process just like any other video file.
Don’t get me wrong, 4K (5K and 8K, as well) is cool. It looks amazing and is extremely high quality, but as far as DAM systems go, the challenge is creating a video processing structure that automatically includes higher and higher resolutions as they are are created.Within the Media Collective, we’ve concentrated on making sure that we support the codecs that will continue to support higher and higher resolutions, whatever they may be.