Do you guys default to 4k for your films/personal projects? or just stick w 1080 unless you have a specific need to go up to 4k?
I saw this thread and it inspired me to work on my new project in 4k. Let's just say I made it 2 days into production and converted everything back to 1080 haha.
I gave it the good old college try but it was brutal. I did a test render of a :30 chunk of animation and at 4K took over 40 minutes to render and was over 15gb. That same animation at 1080 rendered in 3 minutes and was 500mb...
I don't have the fasted machine (decked out iMac) but at the end of the day, these are just Photoshop layers.
For the time being, I'll be sticking with designing everything at 4K and then make a downres copy at 1080 for animation. This way you have a lot of resolution in the designs if needed, and don't kill your machine while animating.
This monitor, in case you were wondering.
It's the pixel settings of my monitor at home. When I go full screen, pixels are not stretched or compressed and I know I am seeing it in it's most natural setting.
At least that is my understanding-- could be totally wrong.
Hey Zach. I'm curious, why 3440x1440?
Working in 4k is pretty miserable if you ask me. Nothing is more frustrating than the wasted time involved in waiting for software to catch up with what you want to do.
I also have no problem with the fact that I made some stuff in 4:3 when I started that looks crappy compared to the HD stuff. I like to be able to see the progress rather than trying to future-proof.
And making stuff in 4k now certainly wouldn't stop me still thinking it's rubbish ten years down the track.
I usually want 4K but the render times quell that desire.
If a project is too slow in 4K and it limits your creativity, then I would keep it 1080p.
Many movie theaters have been 2K until recently. All the Vidcon, Youtube, SXSW projects I have been working on are not even 1080p...
Yeah will probably stick with 1080 for now. Would be nice to have a 4k version, can always do a big rerender. Will probably just make stills separately
It depends on the festival, but you should be safe w/ 1080 for most. I vouch for 4k especially for print publications, although the festivals do ask for stills sometimes.
Does anyone know the actual festival requirements? I was working to 1080 on the thing I'm working on, my estimated render time is already about 14 days... please no 4k!
Yea I use 1080 for most personal projects. Once and a while I play around with 2k, but don't see myself pushing past that. Especially for 3D it just adds too much time for renders and the jump isn't all that worth it for most things. Down the kinda near road 4-5 years I don't really see that changing too much either, and not fearing that 1080 will be outdated. For online viewing vimeo, youtube, etc I could see the base default resolution settings staying the auto 1080p. :)
1920x1080, or max 2048x1080, even for theatres/festivals
I think it depends on where you hope to ultimately screen it.
My personal project I am just finishing up, I did at 3440x1440.
This is what it seems like. I always think that most people are going to watch whatever you make on their phone, somewhere loud and bright.
The jump from SD to HD was a much bigger deal than the jump from HD to 4k is or will be, in my opinion. That is, there are diminishing returns as we get nearer to the limits of human perception.
Folks that made SD films around the cusp of the HD era are probably feeling a bit burned. But nowadays, especially with how much compression we are used to with streaming video, I think HD is going to be acceptable for a long time.
Also, personally, having wrestled with making 4k films, I can say the technical hurdles are very present at every stage. I stick with HD whenever I can.
Honestly, 4K is so big and most platforms you would watch a personal film, a short, an animation (online), can't even perceptibly show this extra res in a meaningful way...
1080 feels like plenty of pixels for me. For now.
The trends are leading towards 4K sooner or later; Netflix and Amazon are requiring 4K but as of last year at least, I haven't seen many film festivals making it a requirement.
4k personal project... this made me feel old and frightened
8k is becoming the thing. So i figure 4k is the new norm
Man I was gonna do 1080p for an idea I had.
Never even crossed my mind to do 4k but... def makes sense to do 4k.
I'm feeling old.
I'd say 4K, since it gives you enough resolution for stills for festivals, print publications and so on.
Hmmm interesting - I haven't completed a personal film pretty much since uni, so can't speak from experience. But were I making the decision myself I guess the things I'd be weighing up would be:
- 4K would future proof it.
- 1080 would be easier on workflow and render times. Personal films are hard enough without adding a bunch of technical bottlenecks.
- 4K might give a slight edge if looking to submit to festivals (though I think this would be negligible)
I think 4K would be good, but it would depend a lot on what kind of film you're making, what your workflow will be like, and where you ultimate plan on sharing the film.
Sorry, I know thats a pretty vague answer!