In this installment in our just-dreamed-up series entitled “Wait a Minute, Let’s Think About This,” the guys at LinusTechTips go deep to discover that shooting and rendering in 4K and distributing on the web – at least on YouTube – is probably not as smart as shooting 1080P and up-rezzing to 4K in order to trick YouTube into using a higher bit-rate on playback.
We asked recently if 4K even mattered in a world rapidly switching to mobile viewing. Our basic rationale was this: if you’re looking at content on a smartphone or tablet, will you even be able to see the difference?
The guys at LinusTechTips have gone much deeper, shooting a number of scenarios on a Panasonic GH4 [B&H | Amazon] and Sony FS700 [B&H | Amazon] (with the attendant headaches of all that data) to bring us a novel conclusion: you’re probably better off shooting in 1080P and then up-rezzing to 4K when you render out because of the way YouTube allocates bandwidth to 4K video.
This is a major mindf*ck – but especially when combined with our more basic question above, it has an unassailable logic and appeal to it.
Watch the vid and then the “response” which has some great feedback and clarity, then tell us what you think. [bctt tweet=”Better to up-rezz 1080p to 4K for YouTube than to shoot 4k in the first place?”]
4K Video – is it worth it?
Professional videographer and director Stronz Vanderploeg has uploaded a video response to Linus’ video. He discusses how YouTube handles various bitrates and what workflow may work as a better option for you:
4K Video – Is it worth it? [RESPONSE]
Read full article at PetaPixel “Is Shooting 4K Resolution Worth It for Web Video?”
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