DP Alex Ferrai says “most movies are still being mastered in 2K” – so why do you really need to shoot in 4K? “If you can afford it and if you have the horsepower to do it, by all the means, go ahead and knock yourself out.” This is NOT a ringing endorsement.
Well, it’s December 2015, and I’m still shooting and loving my little 1080p-recording Sony a6000 [B&H|Amazon] with a couple of tack-sharp, lightweight Sony E-mount lenses. On the other hand, I’m shooting 4K videos on my Phantom 3 Professional [B&H|Amazon] for stock footage, and my go-to interview camera is a 4K recording Apple iPhone 6s Plus with optical image stabilization and the ability to punch in whenever I need to (with a single, fixed length lens, 4K actually makes sense here).
Alex does a great job of articulating why you don’t want to shoot in 4K, and it’s for these very reasons that I haven’t fully upgraded to 4K (on the other hand, I now have a five terabyte RAID 5 volume and a five terabyte RAID 0 volume attached via Thunderbolt; my boot drive is a 1T SSD; I have 16G of RAM on my MacBook Pro; and I’m getting used to the idea of proxy files):
· 4K chews up storage like it’s going out of style, and most people can’t afford the disks or CPUs to handle it
· Most distribution is through the web, and for the most part, the web can’t handle it
· You can’t see the difference most of the time
· Future proofing isn’t really a valid argument
Still, if you’re like me you sure CAN see the difference, even down-rez’d. You get paid more for 4K stock footage. And it’s around 4K that you get the same (slightly better) resolution as 35mm film. There’s a reason CASABLANCA holds up so well.
I’m going to have to think pretty hard about that one over the next few weeks.
IFH 020: Why Indie Filmmakers Should NOT Shoot 4K!
Here's Why You Might Want to Think Twice Before Shooting Your Next Film in 4K
Via No Film School:
On his new site, Indie Film Hustle, veteran filmmaker Alex Ferrari is tackling questions like these, questions that pertain more to the scrappy underdog filmmakers out there than the folks with multi-million dollar budgets. And through his podcast, which is booming in popularity these days, Alex is sharing his brash, no-nonsense approach to low-budget filmmaking with the masses.
In a recent episode, he goes after one of the sacred cows of modern digital filmmaking — 4K acquisition — and makes a compelling case for why indie filmmakers should think twice before assuming that 4K is the right choice for their production.
Read full article at No Film School “IFH 020: Why Indie Filmmakers Should NOT Shoot 4K!”
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