The Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK, Nippon Hoso Kyokai) have held the first ever public screening of 8K / Super Hi-Vision (SHV) film at Cannes Film Festival. Sure this stuff has been on display at trade shows for a while now, but this is the first time that non press or industry types have been able to truly set their eyes upon it.
"Beauties À La Carte", a short comedy was the first highlight in 8K and of course a few other videos too all blown up in super sharp detail on a 220" screen, wow.
The public screening was running yesterday and today (May 16 - May 17th).
This week demo by the numbers:
• 8K (7680 x 4320) Resolution
• 16 x Higher resolution than 1920 x 1080
• 4 x Higher resolution than 4K displays
• 22.2 channel audio system
• 220" inch screen
With 4K not even standard yet, it's amazing to think this far ahead but that's exactly what they're doing, planning for the future and with NHK live streaming an 8K transmission of the 2012 Olympics, as well as hopefully the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, we can only hope they continue to bring even more content to the public is this eye watering format.
NHK has been developing this technology since 2005 and with over a billion dollars already invested in the technology it's great to see it finally getting some practical applications, just don't expect to find 8K blu-ray anytime soon, as the storage requirements for such a resolution are simply mind blowing.
• 8K RAW (8192 x 4320), 24fps, 10-bit: 1.012 Gigabytes per second – 60.75 Gigabytes per minute – 3.645 Terabytes per hour
• 8K RAW (8192 x 4320), 24fps, 12-bit: 1.215 Gigabytes per second – 72.9 Gigabytes per minute – 4.374 Terabytes per hour
• 8K RAW (8192 x 4320), 24fps, 16-bit: 1.620 Gigabytes per second – 97.2 Gigabytes per minute – 5.832 Terabytes per hour