Video has tremendous potential, only rivaled by arcane technology limits imposed on it from an era that is no longer pertinent. In this video and article, I list ten specifications of video that need to go away for good…and fast.
Here’s the video:
Here are the ten specifications in the order presented:
10 Aspect Ratio
The signs are obvious, video is greater than limited aspect ratios: 1.85, 2.39, 16:9, 4:3, 2.76, 1.44… why not liberate it completely?
9 Constant Frame Rate
The coolest way to save file size, maybe? Why have additional frames when you don’t need them?
8 Chroma Subsampling
The worst thing in video today, in my opinion. All video should be 4:4:4 from here on out. At least when it comes to acquisition. At least the day is not far off when all cameras will shoot RAW, just like still cameras do.
Luckily this one has one foot and three toes in the grave already. It’s time somebody finished the job.
6 Standard Definition
Can’t imagine why this is still around, and people are still producing videos in this format.
Sure there was a time this was important, but I don’t think many remember the time, or the reason.
4 Legal Range
It’s funny how everybody has to conform to the limited Rec. 709 color space when even cheap mobile phones can do better.
With new kinds of videos we need new kinds of tools. It’s surprising nobody has come up with new scopes for the modern age of video.
2 Rec. 709 and DCI-P3
Bonny and Clyde, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, whatever, two people that need to die together, and fast. It’s high time we started moving to Rec. 2020.
Honorable mention: Cables without locks
Unreliable HDMI and USB connections, 3.5mm TRS connections, and no sign of a new SDI standard. This might be the last to die on the list. Oh wait-
1 The committees
This one will never go away. I can’t wait to see what compromise they’ll cook up next.
What do you think? Have I missed out on your least favorite video spec? If yes, let me know in the comments section below.