Ten Video Specifications that need to Die Now

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.

7 Interlacing

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.

5 23.976

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.

3 Scopes

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.

3 replies on “Ten Video Specifications that need to Die Now”

  1. On the scopes – the vector scope is a poor way to display color information. There must be a better way. On raw video – we are not there yet. To routinely use raw with video, we need 6TB SSD’s at a low cost. Today’s Intel-based computers have reached their limit of processing power. And we still don’t have the really powerful GPU’s needed for this application. I personally have no problem with compression. It imposes limits on what we can do, but limits are part of the artistic process.

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