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Sunday
Oct182015

4K Video Test - Al Fresco Coffee & Vinyl

I've been shooting with a 4K camera for a couple of months (the Sony RX10ii) - but I've been restricted to shooting in 1080p as iMovie (my editing software) couldn't handle 4K. I contemplated upgrading to the 4K capable Final Cut Pro X - but at £229 that's a lot of money to spend when I'm happy with the iMovie software. I decided to hold out until iMovie supported 4K, and this week it finally happened, so I've made a test movie in 4K (3840x2160). You can see it below. 

4K isn't really practical for my longer videos. The file sizes for my 1080p videos already regularly go beyond 1GB, so a 4K half hour video would be unmanagable. I'll also need to make a new intro and outro in 4k before these videos can become an occasional thing, however it's been interesting finding out what is possible. 

If you are intersted in the objects shown in this video, the details are below.

The Handpresso 12V espresso machine is available on Amazon UK, Amazon US & ebay 

The Sony PS-Q7 turntable is a vintage device and they occasionally come up for sale on eBay (click to search). It's a really nice deck, fully automatic and with good quality sound.

Headphones - Philips Fidelio X2 - available on Amazon US or Amazon UK

Car 12v to 230v Power Inverter (includes battery clamps): Amazon UK

Incidentally the car power inverter introduced a buzz into the audio, so this isn't really a practical solution to powering a mains record player on the go. 

If you are interested in finding more about the handpresso range of portable espresso machines their official Website is here: http://www.handpresso.com

The video title is a 'play on words' on a 1992 Willie D gangster rap album (I'm goin' out lika soldier).

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Reader Comments (2)

' the car power inverter introduced a buzz into the audio'
Its a modified sine-wave inverter and will produce a pretty rough supply, tho still adequate for many things. You'd need a pure sine-wave inverter for audiio.

October 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBiddy

Hi Mat

Have you played your 4k material on your new projector? Did you notice the extra definition or is 1080p the limit tghe projector can take? I'd appreciate your view, Also, is 1080p sufficient resolution to project over a significantly expanded screen? I was fascinated by your resolution comparison of LD, DVD & BluR.

I'm not too far away myself from 'upgrading' and your thoughts - having tried the kit would be interesting.

Regards

Chris

October 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris L

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