8K Resolutions on the Horizon
Jan 20, 2017 02:55 a.m. EST
We currently render 120fps 1280px by 720px 48000 Hz 16-bit .wav sound-activated visualizer videos (.avi) on a 1080p display. We are looking to increase the native recording resolution during rendering as well as optimize the frame rate to an actual frame rate of 60fps. Virtually all monitors currently available, 4K and 1440p included, only display at 60fps refresh rates. While that may change soon for monitors, the source for our graphics visualization application can only approach 60fps max and won't be changing any time soon. For the time being, a 60fps refresh rate should be efficient enough for the graphics mesh sizes we are able to produce.
Believe it or not, this 8K Dell monitor is STILL insufficient to satisfy our future intentions. We want to increase the native resolution for our visualizer videos, but in order to do that there has to be a larger display than the actual visualization window size. To render a size of 1080p we would need a 1440p monitor. To render 1440p visualizer videos we would need a 2160p (4K) monitor. To render 3840px by 2160px (4K) visualizer videos we would need a 5120px by 2880px (5K) monitor, which is right about where these videos are likely to have the most advanced visualizer graphics for an hour-long (Trapstep) DJ mix available anywhere on the Internet. But we don't want to stop there. In the end, we want at least 7680px by 4620px (8K) visualizer videos. HOWEVER, in order to do this we would need yet an even larger-sized display than 8K native resolution. As far as we know, 8K + displays simply do not exist, even in a prototype stage.
It is unlikely that there will be available monitors for most consumers to properly display 8K native resolution visualizer videos for several years, and currently 4K monitors are used by only a small percentage of consumers. We hope this changes soon as we are well into 2017 and technology is still becoming faster, cheaper, and more efficient.
Nevertheless, we have decided that we will re-render all visualizer videos available through the Zerothwave website at the highest available resolution of 4K, including never-before-seen HD visualizer videos for H-Wave Late Raves Volumes 001-020. This will take some time to accomplish, so please be patient with us.
HWLR's 001-010 were recorded at varying lengths and 011-020 were recorded at 60 minutes or slightly over. HWLR Volumes 021 and beyond will be re-rendered at 16:9 3840px by 2160px 48000 Hz 16-bit stereo .wav and 60fps. These were recorded at precisely 60 minutes and each new audio mix will continue to be exactly one hour in length.
As of the date of this article, Vimeo's video hosting platform has been working great with the new website design for our low-quality previews located on the Videos page. Providing everything continues to go well with their service, we intend to undertake our graphics-rendering projects and use Vimeo to host our new 4K High Definition sound-activated visualizer videos. Keep listening! More music and more artists to be added this year!