Why 6K?? | Collide Of Scope

 Why 6K ?

 Bigger is Better

6K is a video format that will make movies larger than life and more crisp than one could ever think.

Resolution is more than just attention to detail.

From large objects to granule textures, 6K images cultivate the nuance of every image, leaving nothing behind. Improvements to micro-contrast and MTF produce a cleaner image, drastically reducing moiré and aliasing artifacts.

When outputting 6K files to 4K or HD, your image will appear more refined and detailed compared to those captured at lower resolutions. The choice is simple; Bigger is better.


To Put it in perspective here are some interesting facts about it. 


  • 6K is the maximum resolution of 6144×3160

  • 19.4 megapixels at a 1.94:1 aspect ratio.

  • 6K is 9.36x more pixels than 1080p.

  • 6K is 8.78x more pixels than 2K.

  • 6K is 2.2x more pixels than 4K.

  • 6K is 1.4x more pixels than 5K.

  • At 300 DPI you can make a 20.48×10.53 inch print from a full 6K image.

  • At 150 DPI you can make a 40.96×21.067 inch print from a full 6K image.


If we’re thinking about a 4K finish, having more resolution effects color and luminance in a good way. It also gives a bit more freedom for creative re-framing, cropping, or leveling. Fine and high frequency details will actually down sample into 4K and benefit from that extra resolution. There are many ways to work with and finish REDCODE for screen and print use. Over sampling and the use of a debayer pattern help eliminate aliasing artifacts. If you want crisp and detailed images there’s options. If you want a smoother feel there’s options. Just depends on what you’re after and the workflow you choose.

6K holds relevance in the film scanning arena in both S35 and VistaVision scanning. However, per pixel resolution in relation to format size Dragon out resolves and has more captured dynamic range than motion picture stock.

-Phil Holland

 This diagram compares Ultra HD resolution to today’s currently available resolutions

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