8K videos now start to appear on YouTube

By Kul Bhushan | Published on 10 Jun 2015

An 8K video has made its way to YouTube. The clip's called Ghost Towns, shot using a RED Epic Dragon 6K camera in portrait orientation and then upscaled.

8K videos now start to appear on YouTube

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Even as Full HD displays are growing in popularity, a few phones have launched with 2k displays and a few expensive 4K TVs have hit the market, video-sharing network YouTube has just added an 8K video. Yes, you read that right, 8K.

According to YouTube, the platform supported 8K video uploads since 2010. However, the high resolution appeared very recently. YouTube reveals the 4320p label on videos was added “earlier this year”. The first 8K video on YouTube is a short film called Ghost Towns, shot by a RED Epic Dragon 6K and then processed in Adobe After Effects. A few shots were scaled up by 125% from 6.1k to meet the 7.6 standard. The playback currently works in Chrome. You can check out the 8K video here.

YouTube's 8K is certainly a major step towards future, but currently grapples with lack of such content, hardware to shoot and playback. As said above, 4Ks and 2Ks are slowly growing in the market, though the full HD perhaps is still mainstream. Back in March this year, LG had launched its first 5K TV, which featured a 105-inch display with Cinema Scope 21:9 aspect ratio and 7.2 channel 150 W speakers designed by Harmon/Kardon. It's worth pointing it out here that Google has been focussing on VRs as well. Upgraded resolution can be a huge boost to its foray in VR products and services.

YouTube has been consistently upgrading video experience on its network. It recently added support for live-streaming 60fps video for gamers and also 4K video playback at 60fps. Earlier this year, YouTube started supporting 360 degree video formats on its mobile and web platforms. The feature was launched initially for desktop Chrome and Android apps. Meanwhile, check out much talked about 8K video below

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