How to Make 4K Ultra HD Video Content? A Complete Guide to Working With Ultra HD 4K Video.
Technology is consistently and rapidly evolving. 4K is a byproduct of this constantly evolving technology. 4K, short for 4K resolution, is used to describe a horizontal screen display of 4,000 pixels. This type of resolution is widely used today for filming everything from feature to episodic productions. For those interested in learning how to master 4K, this brief guide can help:
Select the Correct Camera and Power for Shooting & Editing 4K
There are different types of 4K and different ways to achieve the desired effect. However, not all cameras work well with 4K. 4K footage can only be properly shot with a camera that shoots in 4K+ resolution. The higher resolution camera you shoot with, the easier it will be to mold the footage into 4K. That being said, it’s important to remember that high-powered digital cameras like those that shoot in 4K+ resolution require lots of battery power. The best way to ensure that your camera is constantly charged is by investing in cine batteries, available through D&O Lighting. Cine batteries hold a high power supply and are easy to transport to set.
Focus on Camera Setup and Control
When shooting with 4K, it’s imperative that you operate your camera deliberately and carefully. If you shoot with a handheld camera or use cheap equipment, the likelihood of you capturing low-quality, jerky shots is exponentially higher than if you invest in quality fluid head/tripod combo. While you can edit 4K in post, you will just create loads more work for yourself if you don’t have a proper camera setup and execute control when shooting.
Part of having a solid camera setup is ensuring that you have everything you need, including long-lasting Cine batteries.
Staying organized is key when it comes to 4K. Both on set and in post-production, staying organized can be the difference between going home on time versus spending all night editing or reshooting scenes that you misplaced. Some tips for staying organized:
-Always keep copies of data on multiple drives
-Color code your drives
-Keep timelines clear and precise
Schedule Appropriate Editing Time
There are several editing applications that make editing 4K and 4K+ material a breeze. Adobe Premiere Pro CC is preferred by many filmmakers when working with 4K because its GPU Acceleration feature allows you to easily edit high-resolution content. There are several approaches one can take when it comes to editing and it all boils down to two factors: convenience and preference. Find an editing application that works best for you but always remember to budget your time properly. The way you edit and deliver your work determines the amount of time it will take to finish. For example, delivering the highest quality 4K content in a 16-bit DPX image sequence will take a great deal of time and disc space.
Learning how to use 4K may seem overwhelming at first, so remember to be patient with yourself. The first step is to make sure you have the proper equipment, mainly a high-resolution camera and Cine batteries by D&O Lighting, before following this simple guide. Learning how to operate a new system isn’t meant to be easy; however, the saying “practice makes perfect” really rings true here. Continue to practice your 4K operation skills and before you know it, you’ll be an expert.