What is a 4k Video resolution and where to see it?

What is 4k Video?

4K video resolution is not new. However, its not really catch up yet, as you would expect with some technologies which may not be game changers per se. 4k is a resolution standard for videos. The reason this video format is not very popular yet is because of lack of content in 4k.

What are advantages of 4k Video?

 The main advantage as you would expect, is off course, higher image quality even compared to HD video. Because of this technological advancement, you naturally get a detailed picture, fast action will look better you and you get larger visibility of projection surface.

It has 4000 apx pixels horizontal resolution, thus earning its name. The currently popular HD standards 1080p and 720p resolutions are about vertical resolutions. The 4k video standard has the ability to give four times higher image definition than 1080p HD video.

4k video can not have a change in horizontal resolution, so changes in aspect ratio are achieved through the vertical resolution. e.g. 4096×2304 is a frame size with aspect ratio 16:9 and 4096×3072 is the frame size with aspect ration of 4:3. Note that the horizontal resoultion has not changed, its the vertical that is. See the digital video resolutions comparison in the image below:

what is 4k video technology

Comparison of 4k Video resolution (source: wikipedia)

Support of 4k Video:

You will be surprised to know that Youtube already supports 4k videos since 3 years. If you are wondering how to download a 4k video from youtube, you may want to use a free 4k download application like one from OpenMedia here.

4k Video sample:

You can see these 4k video samples on youtube:

You can also download the 4k video sample with the software tool link given above.

What is the 4k video player for PC?

One of the popular player is VLC. Some more players are below:

1. ArcSoft TotalMedia Theatre 6
ArcSoft’s TotalMedia Theatre 6 is a paid software that you can use. It has a cool interface and handles Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D content. It also has a mobile app can can serve as a remote control for the playback of this software.

2. Media Player Classic – Home Cinema is a full-featured video player. The app is free and flexible.

3.CyberLink PowerDVD 13 Ultra
PowerDVD 13 Ultra has great features which include playing all the latest Blu-ray formats, it can alsoplay 4K video.