YouTube along with most Web Video services offer a number of playback quality options. This month saw the arrival of YouTube’s first 8K Video.
Why offer 8K video quality? To show they can. Newer and more advanced video formats are being developed all the time and internet connection speeds are increasing. Meaning that people will be expecting to be able to stream extremely high quality video to their homes and devices.
YouTube has often been first on the scene to offer ‘next generation’ video formats on its service, already offering support for 3D as well as 360 degree video content. A more practical offering to its service has been offering higher and higher resolution videos over the years.
With so many different video standards and settings it can get a bit confusing to know what is what – so lets break it down.
What is 8K Video?
Different video standards are distinguished by their frame sizes, 8K has a frame size of 7680 x 4320 pixels. Technically this is 7.6K, but its still huge. To give some perspective a 1080p HD (Full HD) video has a frame size of 1920 x 1080.
Be warned, if you have an older or slowish computer don’t try and watch the 8K version, you will crash your browser… maybe your computer. While the video is only 2 minutes long, at 8K resolution it’s a huge amount of data. For details of how this video was created, check out this article on Mashable.
Video Quality Settings for Usability
Different quality settings are offered to ensure that you can enjoy watching the video content at an appropriate quality level for the device and connection speed you are watching on.
The quality level menu options denote the frame size of the video. The larger the frame size, the more detail. The more detail the more data. The more data the faster the connection speed and more powerful computer or device required to achieve a smooth playback.
Lower speed connections like a mobile phone 3G connection should stick to the lower end of the quality scale to get smooth, continuous playback with out pauses. Where as if you have a high speed broadband connection on a desktop computer you can easily enjoy a higher end setting like 1080p or higher.
Video Definitions and Standards
Most will use one of the HD settings to watch most content on YouTube or other video service.
The various HD or High Definition standards have been the standard frame size for almost 10 years, replacing the old ‘Standard Definition’ which only had a frame size of 720 x 576 pixels.
The names for these different standards are quite confusing as Standard Definition is NOT the ‘standard’ anymore and hasn’t been for almost a decade. While many television channels still broadcast in SD none of the content is produced in this format. It’s all shot in HD and downgraded for broadcast over the older television system.
Likewise for Web Video, SD is not used anymore. All content is produced in HD formats or higher and then downgraded to be offered at lower quality levels should connection speeds require it.
A Realistic Resolution
The critical thing to remember when creating video content is that while video can be shrunk down to smaller sizes – it can’t easily be scaled up.
YouTube creates smaller, lower quality versions based on that video uploaded. Upscaled versions aren’t offered as upscaling would result in poor image quality, as each frame would have to be stretched to fill the larger frame.
If you are having professionally produced video content created for you should expect 1080 HD or higher to be the standard worked too. HD is the standard, not something that should be considered an extra or ‘upgrade’.
8K Video while technically very impressive is not something that many people can watch anyway, as 8k monitors and screens are still very rare and very expensive.
Getting Started in Video
If you are interested in using Video Content to promote yourself, your business or organisation then get in contact with Workshop Media. We have a complete range of Video Production as well as Video Marketing Services available.
We’re always happy to advise and help, get in touch with Workshop Media today.