EDITOR'S NOTE

This issue comes to you right in the middle of our countrywide roadshows. We've already had a challenging show in Cape Town - fraught with technical difficulties followed by Durban which went far more successfully - thankfully. We have had a few new 4K video products announced recently and we're quite excited to be using the new XF405 to record our upcoming Click Video Magazine episode - in 4K for the very first time. Please keep a look out for that episode which should be uploaded soon.

4K is a bit of a buzzword at the moment and a lot of photographers are understandably nervous about it. The big thing is that videographers always want more quality to try and future-proof their equipment. Quite simply, 4K video is 4 times the size of full HD, and as such, will need at least double the amount of storage space on memory cards, as well as at least twice the performance ability of the computer needed to edit the footage.

The main advantages of much higher quality and the ability to crop or downsize the footage become secondary when you realise how taxing 4K can be on existing systems. There is no 4K broadcast TV in SA yet, and streaming TV services in 4K are limited only to areas with exceptionally high internet bandwidth. Until bandwidth increases dramatically, and computer performance enhancements come at a lower price, 4K is something most photographers and videographers don't need to spend a lot of time worrying about right now.

Most of the queries I get in this regard are on US-based websites or YouTube channels advising the need for 4K - this from a country where 4K streaming is easy and relatively cheap to have in the home. I hope this bit of info puts some of your concerns at rest.

Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel, Click Video Magazine, to get regular updates from us.

Until then, keep Clicking away.

 

Roger Machin
 
Product Manager PVDVC Products Canon SA
 
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