Yeah, I know this is the Blu-ray software section, but since there seems to be some small industry rumblings on the subject of a new 4k disc medium to coincide with 4k displays, I thought I'd get a discussion going on the next new "it" thing on the horizon. Besides, it might get more hits than in some lesser frequented subforum.
Anyone hear anything besides a few hints at CES that we may see this new format in 2013?
Do you suppose it's going to be based on multi-layered 100 and 200 GB Blu-ray technology with a faster bitrate? Or do you think they'll finally use higher capacity holographic disc storage like GE Plastics' disc invention?
Will the rumors be true that it'll include 12 bit color and a wider gamut than the Rec. 709 standard?
Will they use a new video compression codec like RED's wavelet software for higher efficiency and truer-to-the-master reproduction?
Sony's new 4k consumer projector has a 4096 x 2160 chip, which is ~1.85:1. Do you think they'll move to that theatrical U.S. Academy ratio or go with the QFHD ratio of 3840 x 2160, which is HDTV's standard 1.78:1?
How about the audio codecs? Do you suppose they'll stick with Blu-ray's audio specs. or come up with some new lossless format like DTS Master Audio with 11.2 channels and 32 bit resolution (I'm exaggerating here, or am I??
)? Will they drop the lossy audio codecs and uncompressed PCM altogether and stick with lossless only?
Will they finally dump interlaced video and add 25 (European HD), 30 (Todd-AO and the like), 48 and 60 frames per second (like Peter Jackson and James Cameron are wanting to shoot in) progressive video support besides just 2160p @ 24 fps? You would think they would look ahead to current and future trends of digital cinematography (The Hobbit
, for instance, is being shot at 48 fps), but the industry isn't always as swift as one would hope.
Full 2160p 3D support?
Any provisions for 2.35:1/2.39:1 ratio and other wider than 1.85:1 ratio films to increase
their resolution rather than wasting it on black bars?
If they piggyback on HDMI... it doesn't have the bandwidth currently to handle all this stuff and won't that then lower the higher quality one would expect from a more expensive 4k disc...? And besides don't most people (me included) think HDMI should be dumped and replaced with a far better (encrypted, of course) cable standard anyway? How about a professional grade digital interface... if it's good enough for Hollywood studios...
Hopefully, they will dump the Java software backbone for something more efficient (lean, mean, and quickly loaded) and make resume playback a required feature.
Cost increase and by how much over Blu-ray? Cost for players?
You know it's coming and a new HD medium was inevitable, so let's discuss and speculate!
Industry insiders are welcome to drop more hints too or even take suggestions!