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How Much Bigger is 8K?

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8k isn’t just twice as large as 4K.

 

As image resolution increases from 2K to 4K to 8K, each jump in pixel rate actually squares incrementally. That means that while 4K = 8 megapixels, 8K = 32 megapixels. And this also translates to exponentially bigger video files.

For example, raw 4K footage files like those in the acquisition phase of film production are already huge, averaging about 6000 GB for 90 minutes. However, in 8K, files are nearly three times that size.

 

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Attempting to transfer such big media files is nearly impossible with standard methods like FTP, and while shipping hard drives is still often the fallback for huge files, it is increasingly costly and impractical. That’s why many production and post production companies that are looking to incorporate 8K footage are turning to Media Shuttle.

With no file size limits, enterprise-grade security and an elegant user interface, Media Shuttle is becoming a critical utility service for companies like Harbor Picture Company, a New York based post production studio that regularly deals with large files and international clients.

 

Zak Tucker, Harbor Pictures

 

“We’re not just moving dailies [with Media Shuttle], but all of the post production work done outside of our studios, in various locations around the world. Our work is becoming more mobile while large data sets are becoming more a part of the post production landscape.”

– Zak Tucker, Harbor Pictures Co-founder

 

Read more about how Harbor Picture Company uses Media Shuttle.

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