Each passing day brings us closer to a high definition reality. Just as you’re getting comfy with your 1080P television, thinking you have the best of the best quality, the industry is already pushing the next generation of high definition video onto consumers; 4K.
We live in a day and age where 1080P HD television shows, movies, music videos and commercials are a reality and easily obtainable. 1080P HD televisions are widely available and have been to consumers for quite some time.
Over the course of the next two years, you’re going to see the words, 2K, 4K, 5K and even the words Ultra High Definition pop up more and more. That is because 1080P HD is old news. While still a relatively new technology and not yet widely adopted by consumers, 4K is slowly becoming a standard which we’re all be moving in.
What is 4K (or Ultra HD) you ask? Simple; It’s 4x higher resolution than current HD consumer TVs / screens available today and it’s available at two types of resolutions: 3840 x 2160 pixels or 4096 x 2160 pixels.
That’s 4 times more detail crammed into your TV and computer screen delivering amazing unparalleled quality. If you thought HD was clear, wait until you see Ultra HD / 4K video – you’ll be amazed!
While current TV content hasn’t quite adopted this technology yet, some indie filmakers and music video directors certainly have. Simply search for “4K” in YouTube and you’ll see quite a bit of streamable 4K content. Just make sure you select the Original quality option to view the video in 4K. Don’t expect to see the difference yet though unless you’re viewing it through a 4K screen.
And if you’re wondering, yes, 3D 4K technology is also available. Keep an eye out in the coming months – it will be a slow shift, but a shift that’s inevitable nevertheless. 4K is the next evolution of high definition video content.