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Are we finally going to see 4K Blu Ray?

blu_1The official standard for 4K Blu-Ray has been finally been decided upon. The finalised standard will be different from your average Blu-Ray disk, with a 66GB Dual-layer and a triple layer 100GB being the storage medium for Ultra HD Blu-Ray. Having spoken to Ron Martin, vice president of Panasonic’s Hollywood lab, last year in Berlin Blu-ray development was looking for a different way to store data. This new method, moving from the H.264/AVC (Advanced Video Coding) compression technology to the newer H.265/HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) successor, was a logical and widely supported solution.

4K Blu-Ray disks and the new players, pioneered by Panasonic, required to run them are expected to release at some time this year. The 4K video will be encoded with the relatively new and ultra efficient HEVC and will be gaining HDR (High Dynamic Range) which will provide much more detailed Bright and Dark tones. Colour will also be receive a notable boost with the Ultra HD Blu-Ray spec supporting 10-bit sampling and 4:4:4 colour, instead 4:2:0 colour which standard HD Blu-Ray uses.

3D is not included in the change, an omission that will leave many unphased, but a loyal handful a little bitter. That’s not to say 4K 3D Blu-Rays will not be a thing, just not at launch

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