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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