By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
When NBC broadcast the Super Bowl this year, they had a series of 4K cameras with which to shoot the game for Instant Replay purposes. Dubbed “NBSeeIt,” the 4K cameras could crop and zoom in with great detail, that was then shown with little loss in 1080p. Great idea. Well, a filmmaker in South America has taken that idea to the next level with a stills camera that shoots in 10K and provides some stunning time lapse films.
“10328 x 7760 – A 10K Timelapse Demo” is a video I put together showcasing the extreme resolution of the PhaseOne IQ180 camera of which it was shot. This footage comes from some shots I did while shooting 4K and 8K timelapses in Rio De Janeiro for a major electronics manufacturer. Each shot is comprised of hundreds individual still images, each weighing in at a whopping 80 megapixels. Each individual raw frame measures 10328 x 7760 pixels. – Jose Olumpio, Scientifantastic, on Vimeo
I have to say, if you’re going to do this test, Rio is the place to go. A resolution of 10328 x 7760 that was made by shooting Raw with a 4K and 8K time lapse, and then upscaling them to 10K. provides some incredible views. First off, the opening shot is of a slum area, thousands of shacks are propped up against the side of the hills. There’s so many different colors and each little house is practically a pixel in and of itself. Each with something going on. It’s crazy.
He went on to image downtown Rio, the hills near Christ of the Andes, and the harbor. And when the images zoom in, you see so much detail, you could swear that you were a half mile closer than you are. And the colors are stunning. But don’t take my word for it …
I wanted to show a couple things with this demo video. First, the extreme resolution of this camera (and medium format in general). Second, the amazing amount of flexibility this resolution allows for in post-production. – Jose Olumpio
Olumpio spells out how he was able to get 10K with the camera:
“Each shot was very minimally processed and included curves, input sharpening, saturation adjustments,” Jose says. “The H.264 compression really kills a lot of the fine detail, (but) I tried to keep the shots as close to raw as possible so you may see some dust spots, noise, and manual exposure changes I made while shooting.”
Olumpio then says he scaled the full resolution of the image down to fit within the 1920 x 1080 resolution, but with zooming to keep it at 50% compression. Then you move in tight to 100% zoom/crop. In the end, he is able to grab 8-10 solid 1920 x1 080 shots out of a single shot, and 5-6 solid 4K shots.
“It’s an extreme zoom/crop. As you can see,” Olumpio says, “the quality and detail holds up extremely well, it’s pretty amazing.”