August 28, 2018 | 8K video |

Cheapest Way to Shoot 8K

8K video

We’ve come a long way from the first handheld 8K video camcorder. But now Sharp has an 8K Video camcorder – The Sharp 8C-B60A. This 8K camcorder will likely be used at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. This camera is $77,000.

And to view the 8K video Sharp has a new 70-inch 8K television scheduled to ship later this year. Prices in Europe range from $7,000 – $14,000.

The camera, the Sharp 8C-B60A, comes with a Super 35mm sensor that’s approximately the same size as the one on the Red Helium Weapon 8K and is capable of recording 10-bit 60 fps 8K video. Grass Valley’s HQX codec helps keep the file sizes at a manageable level but the camera comes with a custom 2TB SSD pack that was developed in collaboration with Astrodesign and can hold approximately 40 minutes of 8K video.

For about $2,000, Panasonic’s GH5 can deliver 4K 10-bit video. But it will be a few years before there’s an similarly priced 8K version. The cheapest 8K camera from RED is their EPIC-W at $29,500 body only. It can only run at 30 fps in 8K in RED’s own raw format rather that ProRes or DNxHR. The required accessories are about $40,000. But considering that smartphones today can shoot 4K, Moore’s law may give us better, cheaper chips and 8K video sooner than later.

8K Video Editing Computer And Storage

The iMac Pro can handle 8K footage using Final Cut Pro X 10.4. $6000 – $7000. Alternately, you could edit lower res proxy files of your 8K footage. You could probably build a PC that can handle 8K video for about $4000.

An hour of 8K video from a RED EPIC-W will require about 500 GBs and this assumes a 9:1 compression ratio on the raw footage. So you’d need a 2 TB hard drive for every production day.

For backup you will want to go to tape. A tape drive runs about $3600. 20 LTO-6 tapes will provide 50 TB of storage for about $500.

Lenses

Moving from 1080p to 4K and now 8K, is like moving from 2 megapixels to 9 megapixels and now 33 megapixels. So a great HD lens will not look so great in 8K video. The lenses will cost more.

To buy the cheapest RED camera, a new editing computer, and storage, you’re going to spend about $45,000. But you can rent an 8K camera package for less than $2500/week from various rental houses such as borrowlenses.com, lensrentals.com, and others. Lenses and other accessories are extra.


Keep Reading...

Peppers Ghost

Hologram, Peppers Ghost and a New Live Performance for Dead Artists

Maria Callas, the legendary opera star, was according to the NY Times the greatest singer of the 20th Century. She died in 1977, but she performs in a new concert with a live orchestra. A company called Base Hologram is using an old technique called Peppers Ghost with new technology. They are offering the result […]

Read More
Affordable Skycam

An Affordable Skycam

You’ve seen Skycam in operation in NFL games and in feature films for those remarkable shots that seem to follow the ball in the air. Skycam is a computer-controlled, stabilized, cable-suspended aerial camera system. It maneuvers the camera through three dimensions often over a football field or arena. The camera package weighs over 30 lbs. […]

Read More
Bob Dylan TV

Bob Dylan TV

Bob Dylan Video or is it TV. It has 16 channels.

Read More
Facebook Video is Viewed Without Sound

85% of Facebook Video is Viewed Without Sound

Every day some 8 Billion videos are viewed on Facebook, but most of them are viewed silently. As you probably know, video on Facebook plays automatically, but the sound is off by default. And most people really do not want to turn the sound on. So if you’re trying to promote anything with a video […]

Read More




One thought on “Cheapest Way to Shoot 8K

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  • Forbes Magazine calls VideoUniversity one of the best business-to-business sites for digital video production.
  • WINNER
    Videography Magazine's
    "Website of the Month" Award
  • WINNER
    PC Magazine Online "Best Desktop Video Site" Award
  • WINNER
    CyberFilm School's "FOUR STAR" Award