Shooting In 4K: What Are The Benefits?

Shooting In 4K: What Are The Benefits?

Shooting In 4K: What Are The Benefits?

Have you been thinking about getting a new 4K camera, but can’t justify reasons to upgrade. Well, simply put, you should upgrade. The latest generation of cameras are a huge leap forward and can really take your shots to the next level.

  1. Cropping

This is arguably the most distinct advantages of shooting in 4K. 4K allows you to crop various frames of your footage without losing any detail and still be able to retain the wonderful 1080P. Cropping is an essential part of shooting in different definitions; for one, you can crop down an image that seems too wide for your taste. In addition to this, you can add basic movements such as pans, zooms, and tilts by altering the position of a crop. This leaves you with a uniquely detailed and high-quality clip or image based on your preferences.

Another added benefit of going 4K is that it is possible to crop an image from Shutterstock. This feature comes in handy when shooting videos as you can get both close-up and medium shots from the same clip. You can equally do this if on a wide lens to reduce lens distortion. Shooting in 4K helps get rid of any distortion in your clips, hence no risk of noticeable distortion when shooting wide.

  1. Stabilization

Shooting in 4K provides better image stabilization even on shaky footage. 4K helps stabilize images by up to 75%, meaning you will have very little to do to stabilize the picture or clip. This is unlike shooting in lower resolutions that require post-production image stabilization to compensate image quality. You can therefore retain the 1080p resolution when you shoot in 4K. A 4K video camera or even a 4K DSLR camera can provide a great mix of both video and stills, with many providing top class stabilisation nowadays.

  1. Motion Tracking

Motion tracking is the process of recognizing and following a point in an image, frame by frame (high-contrast). This strategy is mainly used to pair link the motion of 2D elements on the screen. This allows strategic placement of 3D objects into a section/scene while determining the camera’s movement in the environment (3D). Since 4k contains four times more detail as 1080p, it is much easier to track points precisely, which improves accuracy. Shooting in 4K, therefore, makes both 2D and 3D tracking precise and more accurate.

  1. Less Visual Noise

Visual noise from a 4K ISO is considerably much lower as compared to a 1080p ISO. This is because 4K consists of smaller pixel grains hence a cleaner low-light clip. The footage retains the clean and high definition resolution even after it is compressed down to 1080p. One notable fact about this however is that only an uncropped 4K clip will retain the noticeably higher resolution.

  1. Chroma Keying and Rotoscoping

As mentioned earlier, 4K clips offer more visual detail. This means removing unwanted elements from a footage can be done more accurately and quickly. While removing a character’s hair can prove a challenging venture in lower resolution clips, it is undoubtedly not the case with a 4K clip. One can zoom in farther into clips while rotoscoping, which again reduces the error rate. The same applies to chroma-keying blue screens and green screen too.

While not everyone has access to a 4K-capable equipment, this is certainly the way to go if this is your line of profession. Shooting in 4K will not only help you realize many of these benefits but also improve your workflow and quality of work.

Cormac Reynolds

Cormac Reynolds is the owner of UK marketing and SEO company My Online Marketer and has written for a number of prominent publications online. Get in touch @brightoncormac


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