Above NYC in 12K

At a certain point, one has to wonder just how mesmerizing video footage in the future is going to look. Even today, the quality one experiences with 4K content is truly mind-blowing. Some folks believe that 8K TV is overkill, but cinematographer Phil Holland just flaunted video of New York City captured in sweeping 12K resolution.

Over the past several years, director Phil Holland has been specializing in high-res, large-format aerial cinematography. This gorgeous video titled ‘Above NYC’ is a flyover of the metropolis shot in 12K using a special rig comprising 3 RED Weapon Monstro 8K VV cameras. The resulting 12K by 8K footage is 48.5 times the resolution of HD 1080p and full of captured detail.

The cameras — worth $79,500 each for a total cost of $238,500 — were mounted inside a special 6-axis gyro-stabilized aerial camera rig called the Shotover K1 Hammerhead, which in turn was mounted to a helicopter.

Putting the video together in post was equally tricky, as everything needed to be aligned, warped, stitched and blended. Because all three cameras were pointed in different directions, shots needed a perspective adjustment to create a perfect rectilinear projection.

You probably won’t be able to view the 12K video on YouTube in its full glory, but if you have a powerful computer and 4K or 5K screen, you’ll still be able to appreciate it. “The resulting very large format provides a level of depth that’s rather mesmerizing, especially in motion,” said Holland.