The media industry is not stopping. All bets are on a future where huge digital screens and virtual reality take center stage.
Although it is not yet widespread, the industry is going beyond 8K UHD and is already entering the era of “super resolution” where there are no limits to what can be achieved.
Considering just this year, as the latest IABM report already indicates, UHD technology is already widely used in production and it is increasing in delivery. According to their latest survey, a growing number of technology buyers have already launched or plan to launch UHD initiatives, as can be seen from the following figures:
Also, since newer larger media players like Netflix and Amazon only accept content produced in 4K / UHD, adoption of this technology is crucial for broadcasters to compete with newer media players.
From the media management perspective, UHD formats pose extraordinary challenges for a MAM. At medium/low compression levels, the size and number of video files grow dramatically. The technology of most UHD cameras segments during recording into 2-4 GB consecutive video files and/or saves each frame to a different file (DPX, RAW). So, content in UHD formats needs a component-based solution where the different video, audio and subtitle tracks are in multiple files.
In response to this scenario, Tedial Evolution MAM is incorporating a larger number of UHD camera formats to allow our customers to adapt their workflows to the pace of the industry. In the following table, you can see some of the new UHD camera formats supported by Evolution MAM:
Tedial Evolution MAM allows you to work with these UHD media card formats directly, both in ingest and delivery workflows, performing some important tasks, such as:
- Save the camera card structure and auxiliary files
- Proxy generation
- Partial restoration of multi-segmented UHD media
- Full delivery of the camera card
Tedial, always committed to helping its clients with their technical media management needs, will continue to incorporate all the new formats that appear in the industry to its suite of solutions.
Do you need to manage any specific UHD formats in your media workflows?