There’s lots of talk online about 4K footage. Some photographers have been using 4K footage for years with cameras like the Red while others (me included) have been waiting for a more affordable solution and found it in the GH4. Yet there are those that don’t understand how to use 4K footage so to help the community of photographers understand video, in particular 4K, I’m going to be having an in depth conversation on SCBP about 4K. Consider this the first of many posts.
Pulling frames from 4K is the obvious way to use the footage. Yes, 4K is roughly 8MP per frame of video which means it’s lower res than shooting a still frame that takes advantage of the entire sensor. That said, there’s been hundreds of magazine covers that are frames pulled from 4K video. For magazines all you really need is 8MP for a cover or full page image so 4K just hits the sweet spot for publications.
In this video Award Winning artist Dado Valentic discusses how he’s using the GH4 on productions where the scope of the job requires pulling frames from video and how they’re able to combine frames into unique compositions.