This Video shot ‘Above NYC’ Offers Gloriously Gorgeous Aerial Footage Filmed in 12K

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Phil Holland and his team at Gotham Film Works have released this absolutely stunning footage shot ‘Above NYC’. It offers a breathtaking view of the New York City highrises and streets lined up with all kinds of colored LED lights. You also see a glimpse of the famous Times Square in the video. The footage is stunning, crisp, gorgeous and truly mesmerizing.

Phil explains:

For the first shoot with [the SHOTOVER K1 HAMMERHEAD Aerial Camera Array]we rigged the system with 3X RED Weapon Monstro 8K VV cameras, which once processed creates stunning 100 megapixel motion picture images with a sensor size of approximately 645 Medium Format Film.

The resulting 12K by 8K footage is 48.5 times the resolution of HD 1080p and full of captured detail.

Pause for a moment… and imagine that — 48.5 times the resolution of 1080p HD. It’s mind boggling.

At the end of the ‘Above NYC’ video linked above, Phil and his team have explained the process.

Here’s how the ‘Above NYC’ Aerial Footage was Filmed in 12K:

  • The footage for Above NYC was shot using a SHOTOVER K1 HAMMERHEAD Aerial Camera Array.
  • This array was rigged with 3x RED Weapon Monstro 8K VV cameras.
  • The RED cameras had Tokina Cinema Vista 35mm T1.5 lenses on them.
  • All footage was shot at 48fps with a 24fps timebase.
  • The source footage from the three cameras had each frame being 8K in resolution.
  • This source footage was then processed for Lens Correction, Alignment, Stitch, and Blend.
  • The resulting footage is in 100 Megapixel, i.e. 12 x 8K.
  • The final footage is a 12K image with crisp sharpness and incredible colors.
  • This was downsampled to 8K and uploaded to YouTube.

Needless to say, ‘Above NYC’ is best watched in 8K or 4K displays.

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