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As the Borg used to say, “resistance is futile.” There really is no other way to sum up our current and eventual transition to UltraHD/4K than that. Fighting the changeover to UltraHD/4K is akin to trying to reverse the direction of a cyclone by blowing at it through a drinking straw. It isn’t going to happen. How do I know, I’m one of those who used to rally against UltraHD/4K.
It’s not that I’m a “blind” lover of all things UltraHD/4K -I’m not -but I’m also not in denial about the reality of the situation. I understand, like most of you, that many of UltraHD/4K’s claims, specifically with regards to the consumer market, are dubious at best and outright confusing at worst. But what does heaping so much vitriol and hyperbole at the “problem” get anyone? Nothing. Nor will it stop or change the roll out of what’s to come. We’re not going to “save HD” and turn back the UltraHD/4K invaders with so-called truths or heightened emotional opinion. In reality, we only stand to drive a wedge further into the discussion and create for grater confusion that has the potential to drive would-be enthusiasts away.
If a consumer wishes to buy an UltraHD/4K display, for better or worse, it’s our job as educators to ensure they get the most from their experience. I’m not suggesting all UltraHD/4K displays should get a “pass,” but damning them all because it’s some folks’ cross to bear is absurd. Moreover, these early sets make a case for other features that many of these same people have been saying consumers need or should have -features such as better 4K upscaling. Yet if all UltraHD/4K sets are but a waste of space, what does that say about their endorsement of products that aim to support these same displays?
The greater point being that while UltraHD/4K may not be perfect now, or even in the future, it is still our future. So rather than waste another breath on trying to convince consumers why they shouldn’t care, let’s figure out how to shape the conversation so that they understand the pros and cons objectively, while helping manufacturers get it “right” for future UltraHD/4K products. Remember, there is still no standard, which means this whole thing is up for grabs. The lack of a standard shouldn’t be a rally cry for the format’s demise, but rather an invitation to enact positive and worthwhile change. And even if that change doesn’t come, and UltraHD/4K turns out to be but a variation of what we already have in HD, then we still must make the best of it. Either way, it’s time to put down our drinking straws and save our breath for UltraHD/4K is here.
As always I thank you for reading and until next time, take care and stay tuned…
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