So I just got a slightly-used 7D Mark II and to try it out and to entertain myself while my wife was at her baby shower, I asked my in-laws to show me how they enjoy summer. The result is a two minute "4K" video full of acrobatics and plastic swords.
My fellow filmmakers will be quick to notice that the video can be viewed in 4K (4096x2304), but the max frame size capable of being recorded with the 7D Mark II is 1920x1080p.
So here is how I got 4K from my 7D Mark II and why. Be warned, it might not be what you think.
After watching this video, 4K Video - is it worth it? from LinusTech (see disclaimer *), I learned that whenever Youtube sees a 4K file being uploaded, it encodes a 4K version at a much higher bit-rate than it does any of the other versions (makes sense). Higher bit-rate means less compression, and since most viewers are not going to be watching my videos on 4K monitors (yet), and if they have the internet speed to handle 4K, the higher bit-rate will result in a better viewing experience even if the video is being scaled down to their monitor size.
So I immediately followed LinusTech's recommendation and applied Red Giant's Instant 4K* effect to my 1080p timeline and exported a 4K version to upload to Youtube.
I've worked with 4K from the RED Scarlet and I'd much rather work with the "real deal." But until my budget allows, you might be seeing more 7D Mark II "4K" videos.
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