NatureFootage is the home of Ultra HD, exceptionally high resolution stock footage, for the next generation of cinema projection and home entertainment. Ultra HD includes 4K, 5K, 6K, and IMAX footage shot with cutting edge equipment from RED, Sony, Canon, and others. Ultra HD footage delivers an unparalleled level of detail, along with dynamic range never seen before in digital capture.
Just how much bigger and better is Ultra HD? Download our sample clip and see for yourself. This watermarked clip has been converted from the original RED EPIC R3D raw files to ProRes for easy viewing in QuickTime Player. You will need a recent computer with a powerful CPU and graphics card in order watch the clip with smooth playback. Seeing is believing!
Contact our sales team to download this sample clip in either 4K or 5K resolution.
If you would like to see the original R3D raw files, we would be happy to work with you. Please contact our sales team for more information.
So What is Ultra HD?
4K resolution is the entry level of Ultra HD, and it’s an amazing four times the resolution of standard 1080p HD footage. The RED EPIC shoots natively at 5K, and the company’s new Dragon sensor delivers 6K footage which is a staggering nine times the resolution of HD, with each individual frame weighing in at a whopping 19 Megapixels. In addition, Sony, Canon, and Panasonic have all launched amazing new cameras to deliver footage in 4K.
It turns out that this new format is about more than just additional pixels, though there certainly are plenty of those. There are three main advances that Ultra HD achieves:
Higher Resolution. You could put 4 HD frames inside a single 4K frame. This high resolution is not only critical for mastering in Ultra HD, but can be useful for effects such as stabilization and cropping, and it also yields a much sharper image when downsampled to HD.
Higher Frame Rates. Many Ultra HD cameras shoot at higher speeds such as 48, 60, 96 or even 120 frames per second. This is great for slow motion effects, and it’s also important for future playback potential as the frame rates may be higher than what they have been for HD.
Higher Dynamic Range. Finally, video cameras have approached the dynamic range of film, allowing broad contrast ranges to be captured in a single shot. The latest Ultra HD TVs will be able to take advantage of this incredible dynamic range.
Many of the NatureFootage contributors have made the jump to Ultra HD, and new shooters are coming on board all the time. Special thanks to contributors Bob Glusic (leaves), Robert Hofmeyr (cheetah), Greg Huglin (surfer), and Andrew Casagrande (tiger shark), for allowing us to share their amazing clips in this reel.
Whether it’s mastering your cinematic project in full 4K resolution, or future-proofing a series for broadcast, NatureFootage’s Ultra HD stock footage library will allow you to deliver exceptional quality for your production. Contact our sales team now to download this sample clip in either 4K or 5K resolution.