4K: around the corner?


On November 5th and 6th, it took place the event 4K Summit of Seville. It should be pointed out that 4K is a reality that will be sooner rather than later. However, 4K is not only more resolution. Also other improvements are required: HDR, HFR, WCG and better audio, such as it is said in Panorama Audiovisual.

The first round table in the afternoon of November the 5th has included the participation of Manuel Paredes (Grass Valley), Miguel Ángel Doncel (Sgo), Carlos Castán (Canon), Luc Amiot (Avid), Antonio Gallardo (For-A) and Henry Alexander (EVS). In that round table all the speakers agree on one idea: when the viewer wants to watch Ultra High Definition, he or she wants to watch a different resolution, color and feeling in regard to HD. Additionally, the manufacturers have emphasized that the technical resources such as cameras, optics, mixers, servers... are prepared to produce in 4K. In fact, the 40% of the equipment that is sold now is UHD Ready, but the callenge is to be able to work in 4K with the same facility and flexibility than in HD. For that purpose it is necessary to adapt the infraestructure to manage more volume of data.

During the session of November the 5th, also took place a colloquium moderated by Pere Vila, Director of Technological Planification and Innovation in RTVE. In this colloquium has been published the experiences in 4K that the Chair is going to carry out together with the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (ETSIT-UPM) and the RTVE Corporation.

José Manuel Menéndez (UPM), Xavi Redón (Cellnex), Ester Fernández (Hispasat), Guillermo Niño (Dolby) and Juan José Anaya (Sapec) have shared with the audience in this 4K Summit the results from the different studies and pilots that are being carried out in the framework of the Chair. This Chair wants to analyse the 4K signal and check its features for broadcast and multicast applications, its impact in the multiplex, processing and production (dynamic range, frame rate, gamut and audio), encoding (HEVC, AC4...) and in the subjective quality perception.

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