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At the camera end of things, the Red EPIC camera shoots 4K as does JVC’s GY-HMQ10U and Canon’s C500 while Sony, which already has the F65, was due to announce another 4K camera as TV-Bay went to press. Sony had the SRM-L560 at one time but that product is listed as ‘discontinued’ on its website. As things currently stand, I am not aware of a professional monitor from Sony but I would be hugely surprised if we didn’t see on at some stage, not least as Sony’s TV set people have recently announced an 84” Ultra HD display for the home. So tools are starting to become readily available. One of the big gripes up to now, however, has been the lack of anything affordable to view 4K pictures on. This is starting to change with a crop of monitors about to come on to the market. Remarkably for a technology advance that is only now becoming trendy, six years have passed since the first prototype 4K LCD TV was shown. That was at consumer electronics show CES. Since then, although both TVLogic and Astro Design have started shipping 4K monitors, it is only really this year that 4K viewing devices have started to come even close to being a realistic purchasing option. What can we expect in the near future? Well, coming next year will be the PS-840UD from JVC. This is a ProVérité 84” LCD monitor that the company insists is “the industry’s first large-screen 4K panel designed specifically for rigorous commercial use.” It has a 178-degree viewing angle, is ELED illuminated and has an IPS LCD panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and 10-bit color depth. At the same time, Canon was showing a prototype 30” 4K display at both NAB and IBC that it hopes to have out by the end of the year while Panasonic has a 20” 4K display on the way. Let’s start with those early birds. The TVLogic offering is the LUM-560W, a 56-inch native 4K LCD display that is apparently not just for feature film post-production but also for military and medical applications. The 10-bit monitor can display four inputs at a time or scale one input to the full screen. Astro Design has four, yes four, 4K LCD monitors that range from 28-inch to 60-inch in size while Viewsonic showed a prototype 4K 32-inch flatscreen computer monitor, the VP3280-LED, earlier this year. The big question will be, how much will these monitors cost? As yet, the companies are keeping the pricing close to their chests. To speed up the chances of people actually making 4K content they need to be priced realistically otherwise this latest technological step forward might take too long to come to fruition. And with 8k coming hot on its heels, 4K will have to be quick if it’s going to make its mark. So there you have it. 4K is real. It might be the next big thing. It might not. What is certain is that change will continue to occur whether we like it or not. So don’t get too comfortable with 4K or even 8k because, before you know it, there’s every chance that another new technology will stroll into town and throw us all into chaos once again. TV-BAY MAGAZINE | 33 TV-BAY071NOV12.indd 33 06/11/2012 18:09