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Tip #1344: Which to Shoot – 4K or 1080p?
4K may be “everywhere,” but, often, shooting 1080p makes more sense.
This article, written by Charles Yeager, first appeared in PremiumBeat.com. This is a summary.
It is 2021, and nearly every new consumer and professional camera has the ability to film in 4K (even action cameras and phones!). So, this poses a question, “Should anybody be filming in 1080p anymore?” The short answer is—absolutely. But why? Let’s dive into the pros and cons for filming in 4K versus 1080p.
Pros for Filming in 4K
- More Resolution, More Creativity
- Color Grading and Keying
- More Pixel Data
- Online Compression Benefits
Pros for Filming in 1080p
- Faster Editing
- Less Storage Needed
- Faster Video Uploads
- Common Resolution
- Faster Streaming
- Perfect for Vlogs or Creators Starting Out
- Focus More on Composition
Story Above Everything
Video resolution certainly matters when it comes to factors like editing speed or details visible in a scene. Ultimately, though, the most important thing is going to be the story you tell. You’ve probably heard this time and time again. However, the story really is all that matters for most casual viewers.
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