Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Super Hi-Vision for 2015?

High Definition Wars?... Bahhh
Blu ray VS HD DVD?... pfffff
4k Digital Cinema?... ahahaha

Say hi to Japan, the land where everything is obsolete before it even reaches the western world.
And now thery're getting ready to boldly go where no HD set has ever gone before: Super-Hi-Vision TV by 2015.

And what's this Super Hi Vision thingy, you may ask:
Nothing less than a picture resolution of 7680 x 4320 (also known as Ultra High-Definition.) That's exactly right: 33 Megapixels per frame - and you thought your 12Mp digicam was high quality.

Obviously, sound specs will have to match the ulta high definition of its image, and it touts a 22.2 channels sound system. I just wonder who in his/her right mind will be able to convince their partners to allow them to place 22 speakers all around the living room.

Just have a look at the comparison sheet:

Quite a big leap from HDTV standars, isnt it?

It is too much? Is it feasible?... Who knows?

A few years ago a friend of mine said I was crazy for playing games at 1024x768 resolution, saying that 800x600 was more than enough.
Today gamers are playing at 2560x1600 resolutions and constantly craving for more.

So, I won't say Super Hi-Vision is over the top, but considering 4k digital cinema systems are on the limit of eye acuity when projected on a cinema screens, what size will a SHV screen have to be for us to see its detailed pixel perfect clarity?

For now, there a lot to be solved: cameras than can capture live feeds at 33Mpixels, and equipment to handle the uncompressed 24Gbps stream of data flowing around.

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