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UHD Forum issues new guidelines for the road to 8K video

The Ultra HD Forum stuck to tradition by publishing a set of new technical guidelines at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) annual show, and it also used the event to provide the highlights of the 180-page document. As well as laying out a strategy for 8K, ‘Ultra HD Guidelines 2.0’ introduces separate guidelines for foundation technologies and enhancements. Backwards compatibility is key. “Some people even thought Ultra HD would break their old screens,” noted the Forum’s Ian Nock, a video technology strategist, adding that content-aware encoding and simulcast as base features are important aspects of the updated guidelines. The Forum has begun the process of evaluating 8K, but Nock was wary of getting carried away and assured us the…

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