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When is 4K Coming?

Friday, July 11, 2014

The difference between full HD (1080p) and Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) is dramatic. When viewed from a distance or up close, you can see the difference.

Like a tsunami, we expect Ultra HD content to swell dramatically in the later half of this year. 35 mm celluloid are being converted into 4k masters. 4k (or 6k or 8k) cameras are proliferating and video artists are experimenting to create amazing commercial content. Plus, the PC graphics cards are getting more affordable, meaning running a desktop across a 4k display, showing digital photography, or running applications in Ultra HD is here today. Add to this the announcements around true 4k at 60 Hz media players for prices less than $500 and the world of possibilities is opening up fast!

Experiencing the immersion of pixel-free viewing is now possible on your desktop with Planar’s IX-Series or on the wall with Planar UltraRes, Planar EP 4k, and the full range of video wall technologies available from Planar.

Planar UltraRes 3D Now Supports 3D content from Bluray Players

Friday, May 09, 2014
The Planar® UltraRes™ 3D now supports 3D content played from a Bluray player using left and right eye frame packing. All Planar UltraRes 3D displays now come standard with this feature.
Worth noting: Planar UltraRes 3D does not support side-by-side or top and bottom frame packing and therefore, is not compatible with sources outputting 3D broadcast TV or gaming content.
Learn More.

NetFlix 4K Content for Planar UltraRes Series

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

 

This week it was announced the NetFlix is testing 4k video streaming and has posted a short video entitled “El Fuente 50 MP” which is described as “an example of 4k.”  We brought a PC with an internet connection into the lab to test the content on the Planar UltraRes 4k Ultra HD 84” LCD display

In general, the content was not as good as the video loops we have demonstrated at DSE, InfoComm, and CEDIA Expo , which we know have been shot or rendered in 4k and are mastered for quality.  That said, it was a significant improvement over what they showed in January 2013 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and this latest effort shows real promise.  We are watching with interest to see how the development progresses for streaming and 4k video distribution and this is an important step in that effort.

The ecosystem for 4k or Ultra HD content is continuing to develop with great resources available from stock video firms, on YouTube, and through marketing agencies, motion graphics studio, and video artists working in 4k.  See previous blog posts  for additional sources of high quality 4k content and stay tuned for additional posts in this series.

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Planar Honored with Product Awards at InfoComm 2014

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Planar Accelerates Adoption of Ultra HD with New 4K Displays

24-Jun-2014 - The leader in 4K displays for commercial applications showcased new ultra HD displays ranging in size from 28” to 98”at InfoComm 2014 At InfoComm 2014, Pl..... more ▶

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