future proofing our work, 4k, 3d etc

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Daedalum
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Posted Fri Oct 5, 2012 2:07AM
Ok we have 4k tvs coming out at the end of the year now, although broadcasters will take time to catch up, this is happening, and fast.


I am SERIOUSLY worried about istock just not keeping up with the times with what we are allowed to upload.


I want to future proof my assets and work that i do for stock, but if istock doesnt want to have the same long term goal as me, then i will have to drop istock and go elsewhere.  Competitor sites are now offering higher resolution, 3d etc formats.


i have already gone through the 4/3 to 16/9 transition and lost tons amount of work int he past with formats not wanted now by broadcasters,, i do NOT want to go through it again.


Seriously Istock, PLEASE think of long term, and not just faffing about with bad website redesigns... get with the times !!


I would like to stay with istock,  and stay exclusive


, but if you are not looking to future proof my available sales, then the site will fade out and die, and i can not take the chance that  'one day in the future you will think about it', because by then, it will be too late !


This is something you HAVE to do !, so DO IT !


/rant off

(Edited on 2012-10-05 02:12:16 by Daedalum)
UltrastaticCLOSED
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Posted Sat Oct 6, 2012 12:35AM

Yeah, threads like this pop up every now and then. People agree. We need to move forwards.


And iStock stays silent so I think they don't care.. 
jamesbenet
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Posted Sat Oct 6, 2012 4:23PM

I agree that 4k stock is needed as an option at iStock.  Clients can always download the 1080p version if needed but the 4k option helps in future proofing. Easy for time-lapse shooters at first and RED owners.


However be aware that up conversion of 1080p to 4k on current hi end TVs looks very very good and I expect most content for years to be up-rezed 1080p.   Adoption of 4k will happen but content wont be deliverable until the infrastructure for cable is there. The new h.265 spec codec allows 4k in close to 1.5x the bandwidth as 1080p content which will need cable boxes to be replaced to work with it.


Since it just was ratified as a standard it will take several years for full deployment.  Crisp 1080p content up-sized well; looks good even on a movie screen so don't get that paranoid.  It will come but the transition wont be that abrupt and sudden as to make 1080p content irrelevant over night.


Phone screens will be 1080p next year from the current 720p so I expect 1080p content to still sell extremely well if not better than before.


The best friend of stock shooters is hi-res screens where you need the larger file sizes even for mobile devices now.


God bless Retina Displays!
vesperstock
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Posted Sun Oct 7, 2012 7:17AM
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