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UHD Production Workflows Guide

Things to know about UHD Production

Back in 2012, the DPP published The Bloodless Revolution, a workflow guide aimed at programme makers, technology vendors and service providers, to assist them with the transition from tape to file-based working. Unsurprisingly, technology has continued to evolve,  and we once again find ourselves at a point of technological change – the move from High Definition (HD) to Ultra High Definition (UHD).

What makes this change interesting however is that it’s the first change to happen in a fully file-based world. The DPP has already published a short primer on Ultra High Definition, called 10 Things You Need To Know About UHD. This sets the scene and should help with the basics. However production teams are now starting to work with UHD, so it’s time to examine the workflows in a little more detail. All UHD references in this document relate to UHD-1, or 4K as it is sometimes called. The other type of UHD is UHD-2, sometimes called 8K. While many of the programme making processes involved in this document will relate to both UHD-1 and UHD-2, 8K carries so much additional data we feel that it will stay safely in the realm of large screen entertainment for some time, and is unlikely to be used for broadcast for many years yet.

So what’s changed since The Bloodless Revolution? Unlike the transition from tape to file, which affected huge areas of the production process (right down to the make-up of production teams) this change is more evolutionary. Whereas The Bloodless Revolution was full of talk of new terms like “data wranglers” and “metadata”, those concepts are now firmly entrenched in the production community. So the good news is that with UHD the basic “rules of production” remain the same. You still need to plan your production, manage your rushes, post produce and deliver your programme. The Bloodless Revolution is still an excellent introduction to these topics. In fact the only real difference is that with UHD you’ll have a few more choices as to how to tell your story. It’s about new technology bringing new creative options.

As with The Bloodless Revolution, this document will focus primarily on pre-recorded long-form workflows, though some of it will apply to live and other content too.

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