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October 2017
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  • The Facilities 50
    Jon Creamer launches Televisual's 30th exclusive annual Facilities 50 survey featuring the top post production houses in the UK and 52 pages of analysis of the sector
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    Hiring top talent and investing heavily in development have been key to growing his Bristol indie Plimsoll Productions, says founder Grant Mansfield
  • The clear view: lenses
    What ever genre you work in, you need to be lens savvy. Here three DoPs guide us through the lens market, picking out the models they like to use in drama and factual
  • Over the top
    The growth of Netflix and Amazon is proving a boon for UK indies, but broadcasters are starting to panic. Tim Dams reports
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Production Technology Survey, 2015 Back to Reports & survey Listing

Shooting in 4K is still something done by the minority of programme makers, according to our survey.

Only 30% of respondents told us they had shot in the format in the past year. However, this is up from 23% in last year’s survey, indicating that shooting in 4K is starting to pick up.

This is only likely to increase in the year ahead. Almost 50% of those we surveyed said they expect to shoot in 4K in the next 12 months.

Many are filming in 4K to future-proof their productions or because they want to achieve the best quality visuals possible for a high-end doc, drama, commercial or film.  Other reasons given for shooting in 4K are the greater flexibility it gives in the edit in terms of cropping, re-framing, grading and vfx.

Fewer have mastered in 4K though, choosing to downconvert to HD for post production. Only 12% say they have mastered in 4K this year.

Incredibly, a large proportion of our respondents – 30% - have never seen 4K content played out in 4K, indicating the hurdles the format faces before it becomes truly mainstream. “Most TV still doesn’t even broadcast in HD,” notes one respondent.



The consensus, according to our survey, is that it will be five or six years before 4K is commonplace in the home. 



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