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Building a Case for 4K, UHD

23 January 2015
Building a Case for 4K, UHD

This week’s NewBay Connect white paper focus is on Visual Unity, whose document ‘Building a Case for 4K, Ultra High Definition’ discusses the differences in quality in popular video codecs, including the recently ratified H.265 specification.

The document’s introduction can be found below. This white paper, in addition to a vast library of resources, can be found on the NewBay Connect website: a digital resource centre for professionals within the broadcast, professional AV and pro audio markets.

The future of digital video is expanding in all directions; from the size of the living room TV, to the depth of content selection, and to the different types of devices which serve content. A culmination of technologies is brewing that is bringing an IMAX-esque experience to the living room.

It is not difficult to imagine that in the next ten years subscribers will be unraveling and gluing their TV’s onto their wall. A culmination of the following innovations will make this happen:

Televisions are growing to the size of an entire wall. Several 100” television sets (2.5 meter diagonal) have been introduced to the market over the years, and prototypes of even larger screens have also been showcased. As screen sizes continue to increase, the only limiting factor will be the available wall space.

Displays are verging on the thinness of credit cards, thanks to technology such as OLED2. Organic Light-emitting Diode, displays have been recently introduced in 2013 as thin as 4mm by LG. Although OLED had a slow start due to high manufacturing costs and other technical issues, it still offers a promising future for ultra-thin and ultra-high resolution displays. Namely due to the fact that each pixel is self-emissive (i.e. they emit light without requiring a back- lit layer). As screens become thinner, this leads to the inevitable availability of…

Flexible displays. These have also been announced from manufacturers such as Sony, Samsung, as well as display technology manufacturer, Corning.

Access Visual Unity’s white paper in full here.

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