Over six months ago I could see from various manufacturers’ talk that this would be the year of 4K at NAB. At March’s SMPTE NY meeting at AbelCine, I put together a successful 4K-camera presentation that included three of the major players in the industry, while my friend and journalist David Leitner gave a useful overview of the large sensor trend.
For anyone involved in capturing images, NAB 2012 turned out to be all about 4K and more. David Leitner said it was one of the most disruptive and revolutionary NAB shows in over ten years.
So where do we go from here? In the coming year expect to see a few more important, large sensor camera introductions. But then the rest of the production process has to respond, so I think we’ll see a shift to post solutions that are able to handle the much larger data streams produced by these devices.
So get ready for 4K RAW ready Macs and PCs, 4K monitors and more.
While some claim that the Mac Pro workstation is dead (check out Larry Jordan’s comments at around 32:15 on this video from MacBreak Weekly 295), I’m willing to go in the opposite direction. I predict that Apple will release a new big box with all the capabilities to handle 4K with a couple of Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectors, two PCI slots as well as something very big in graphics.
Just a thought…
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