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Why Film In 12K!?

Why Film In 12K!?

I recently had the chance to film with the  Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 12K camera with the Fujinon Premista 28-100mm T2.9 Large-Format Cine Lens PL mount lens and I have to say what a delight! I hear a lot of people saying that 12K footage is overkill, or consumer televisions cannot currently display 12K, or you need a super computer to edit 12K footage...etc. However, there are many benefits to filming in 12K, especially in post-production as you can reframe your shots or even add camera movement when delivering in 8K, 4K, and HD. 

For the first example (see images below) of a wood cutting saw you can see the original framing in the left image and the reframed image on the right. Since the final render for this specific project will be delivered in 4K and the original footage is in 12K we have about three times (see chart below) we can zoom in without loosing quality to be able to reframe our shot to our liking. 

12K Original Framing - Wood Saw 4K Reframed Image - Wood Saw
Resolution Pixels

12K

12,288 x 6480

8k

8192 x 4320

6K

6144 x 3456

4K

4096 x 2160

IMPORTANT NOTE: Something to keep in mind, especially when using a long telephoto lens. When you're punching into your shot, you are going to see more of the camera shake so using a good tripod with the right load rating and a follow focus is going to be key.

Another thing to keep in mind when you are reframing your images is dialing the focus sharply from the beginning. As you can see in the example below, the picture on the left has the original framing of the plant's leaves and the picture to the right is the scaled in image showing the leaf texture. You can see that the leaf is a little bit soft in focus. 

12K Original Framing - Plant Leafs 4K Reframed Image - Plant Leafs

Along with all of the benefits of filming in 12K, you can use one camera to get a 2+ multi-camera look when delivering in 4K or HD. This is extremely powerful when shooting video interviews. What you would do is set your camera up for the wide shot then in post production, use  Blackmagic Design's Davinci Resolve to reframe your shots. This allows your shoot to look like it was shot with 2+ multi-camera setup with just one camera! 

Check out my full video and sample footage in the video below.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the camera rig I used during this shoot visit the links below:

Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 12K  

Fujinon Premista 28-100mm T2.9 Large-Format Cine Lens PL mount lens

or contact us at Email: order@dvestore.com

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19th Mar 2021 Joel Wallis

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