4K Movies refer to those feature films that are available in the resolution of the order of 4000 pixels. However, in common terms 4k has become the synonym for UHDTV (Ultra High Definition Television) whose standard resolution is 3840×2160 at 16:9 aspect ratio.
What are the Types of These Movies?
Presently, you can find two types of such movies with 4K resolution for download – ��True 4K’ movie and ��Mastered in 4K’ movie. True 4k movie are shot and distributed in 4k resolution whereas ��mastered in 4K” is a 1080 pixel full HD video on a Blu-ray disc that has been upgraded to a 4K movie at the time of playback. True 4K movie take immense amount of data storage of the order of 100 GB and that is the reason you don’t find Blu-ray discs containing full length True 4K movies. Even a double layered Blu-ray disc holds only up to 50 GB of memory.
Despite all this, today you have access to the movies with 4K resolution. Round the corner the technical advancement in the field of 4k technology viz. 4K TV, 4K monitors are still going on in full swing and you can find new improvements this field in short durations of time.
History of Movies with 4K Resolution
The first 4K camera that was commercially available for cinematography was released in 2003 under the brand name Dalsa Origin. In 2010, YouTube which is a Google enterprise, began supporting 4K video uploads. Users were able to view 4K videos by opting for “original” under the quality settings. In Nov. 2013, YouTube started the use of video compression standard VP9 with clarification which was more appropriate for 4K videos as compared to HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding). Google is still developing VP9 to make it more suitable for 4k viewing.
The projection of movies in 4K resolution in cinema halls started in the year 2011. Sony has been marketing 4k projectors since a decade now, i.e. since 2004 onwards. In the year 2012 Sony released the first 4K projector for home usage. Sony is also one of the forerunner studios that promote UHDTV content. By 2013, it has presented more than 70 movies and television plays through digital download to a specific player that has ability to store and decode the 4K videos.
In the year 2014, Netflix started streaming some nature-based documentaries and other movies at 4K to television sets that are compatible for 4K viewing and fitted with HEVC decoder. Also in this year (2014), Amazon Studies started filming full length series in 4K resolution.
4K movies are the latest technological advancements in the world of media and entertainment. These are gradually rising to the peak of popularity and acceptance. So, don’t stay behind and get geared up to have a whole new viewing experience with 4K movies!