TimeScapes, a film by Tom Lowe, is officially the first film to ever be released to the public in 4K. While many of you may not have a 4K display from EIZO at your disposal like we do, there is no denying the fact that 4K has been on an uptick in the past few years. This uptick has been further facilitated by display manufacturers and camera manufacturers releasing new displays and new cameras at much more affordable price points that extreme enthusiast consumers or prosumers can afford.
TimeScapes: Rapture 4K is a video on YouTube (and Vimeo) which we’ve had the luxury of viewing in 720P, 1080P and 4K. This video features a short clip of the TimeScapes film and allows you to watch it in virtually any resolution you like, including 4K which we have tested.
While there is no doubt that this film by world renowned Astronomy Photographer Tom Lew is fantastic, what it really is accomplishing is the public availability of 4K content. We spent a few weeks before obtaining our EIZO 4K display looking for content to feature on it. Unfortunately, we were told that any feature film shot in 4K generally isn’t mastered in 4K nor is most of the footage designed to ever leave the studio in 4K unless it is designed to be projected on a 4K projector. Most 4K films designed for 4K projection are extremely difficult to translate to a PC and as a result are left for use only on projectors.
With the release of TimeScapes, the public finally has access to 4K content and can start to enjoy the value of having a monitor in a resolution beyond 1080P. This movie has also been mastered for 30" monitors or 2560 x 1440 resolution (also 27" on macs). This should be a requirement at every single Apple store that sells these displays to show people what their display is really capable of with the right content. You can check out the TimeScapes store and see for yourself what kind of formats are available. There are virtually no formats left untouched (except for 3D) and almost every single format is available in both a physical and a downloadable format, which we absolutely approve of. Afterall, with content like 4K and 1440P there is no doubt that a download will make a lot more sense than sending over a 200GB file on a hard drive.
Kudo to you guys, we hope more artists and studios follow suit and give the 4K market more to look at other than our 4K reels on YouTube.