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An 8K video that almost no one can watch goes viral. Here's how humongous an 8K video frame is

A serene 2-minute-and-8-second-long video that almost no one can watch in its full glory is exerting GPUs around the world.

Soumyadip Choudhury | http://@soumyadip

Updated:June 11, 2015, 4:08 PM IST
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A serene 2-minute-and-8-second-long video that almost no one can watch in its full glory is exerting GPUs around the world. The 'Ghost Towns in 8K' has been watched over 1.6 million times on YouTube, possibly not because of its content but because of the video resolution - that is a humoungous 8K FUHD (full ultra high definition) measuring 7680 px x 4320 px. This means a single frame of an 8K FUHD video is the size of a 33.2 megapixel image.

Ghost Town in 8K

Created by Neumann Films, the video captures the beauty of an abandoned American mining settlement in a series of slow moving shots. According to the creators, the video was filmed on "the RED Epic Dragon 6K in portrait orientation and then stitched together in Adobe After Effects," and some shots were "simply scaled up by 125% from 6.1K to meet the 7.6K standard."

While 8K is being touted as the future of video, there is very little hardware around that can play such a large format in the way it is intended to be. Till the time Apple releases that much-discussed 8K iMac, most of us will have to be content with stuttering playback or watch the video in a much lower resolution.

The two images below exemplify the immensity of the 8K frame size.

8K resolution as compared to other popular video resolutions:

Video resolutions compared

A zoomable single frame from Ghost Towns in 8K in its full 7680x4320 px resolution:
(Zoom and pan using the on screen controls or your mouse keys/touch gestures to explore)

(This single frame exported in JPG weighs 11.6 MB)

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