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NHK pushes 8K at NAB

April 4, 2018

By Chris Forrester

Japan’s public broadcaster is showcasing its 8K technologies and output at two global events shortly. First up is NAB in Las Vegas (starting April 7th). Amongst NAB’s popular AI ‘Experimental zone’, the 360-degree studio exhibits, and how broadcast can exploit a new age of driverless vehicles, NHK will be demonstrating how very far its 8K ‘Super Hi-Vision’ project has come in the past year or so.

Visitors to NAB will be able to view output from NHK’s high-speed cameras (at 240 Frames-per-second), as well as the compelling images captured in readiness for a full-scale 8K transmission schedule debut this coming December.

NHK says its latest technology means that it can now compress an 8K video signal to just 8 Gb/s, and more than easily transcoded into an IP-based TV stream.

At almost the same time as NAB opens, NHK will be preparing to screen their latest 8K productions, although down-converted to 4K, at MIP-TV in Cannes (from April 9th). Delegates to MIPtv will see projects including Music (pop sensation Sakanaction), Drama (Koujin, NHK’s latest hit) as well as science and technology documentaries, and each created in these extremely high video standards.

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