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8K Video Format: What Video Format Supports 8K Resolution

YouTubers involve in the heated discussion the moment the video named Ghost Towns cropped up on YouTube offering up to 4320P 8K resolution. Some watchers fail to play this 8K video for the internet or hardware are not so improved to make 8K video run smoothly on computer, while some others point out 8K resolution is quite meaningless when most people run 1080P displays. Despite of the view "almost no one can watch 8K video", we believe that more and more equipments with 8K display will come out soon granting us epic visual effect. Well, if you want to play a video in 8K on various devices, one thing you need to know is 8K video format.

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Part 1 8K Video Format

Like H.264, M2TS which are widely used for high definition (1080P) videos, is there some special format for 8K video?

1. HEVC/H.265
Successor to H.264, HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) is firstly approved as video compression standard on April 13, 2013. According to developer Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG), HEVC delivers data compression ratio twice over H.264 leading to an optimized quality at the same bit rate of a video, which makes a reality to support 8K FUHD with a resolution of 8192x4320. Thanks to high coding efficiency and a wide range of extensions profiles, as MV-HEVC (multi-view extensions), 3D-HEVC for more types of videos, this 8K video format is expected to be mainstream video format for network and high resolution displays.
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2. VP9 (WebM)
The other video format that supports 8K resolution is VP9 (WebM), which is royalty-free format frequently used for HTML5 video and supported by YouTube, Chrome, Firefox and Opera. VP9 boasts high compression efficiency (50% bit rate of VP8 video at the same level of quality) and is greatly improved to output higher definition videos up to 4320P. Comparing the two 8K video formats, H.265 seemingly offers better performance, but VP9 does well job on video streaming.
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3. AV1
AV1 is an open-source, royalty codec for 8K resolution. It's 20% more efficient than the VP9 codec and 30% than HEVC/H.265. It's suitable for videos in high resolutions like 4K and 8K.

4. VVC
VVC/H.266 is the sucessor to HEVC/H.265. The codec is 50% more efficient than HEVC. It supports videos in resolutions from 4K to 16K as well as 360° videos.

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Part 2: How to Play 8K Video on PC/Mac/ SmDevicesoothly?

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Estrella H.

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Estrella H. is a senior editor at Digiarty covering all the latest tech in mobile industry for the better part of the first four years, from iPhone, Samsung to other innovative gadgets. And now she's been dived into data backup and management to keep data safe on mobile devices in the recent three years. Outside the tech, she is a songwriter and loves hip-hop.

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