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Canon released their first official footage from their 8K video camera

Canon has been showing off their 8K prototype for a while now (Since September 2015!), but now for the first time, they have officially released some video from it.

The short video is shot in 8K RAW using external recorders and shows off the Miyazaki Prefecture in Japan.

This video is only right now available on youtube as a 4K video, Canon states that the 8K source video will be made available at a later date, probably when youtube starts to support 8K.

The video was using Canon's 8K cinema camera equipped with a range of Canon EF cinema lenses from wide angle to telephoto. 

The official 8K screening was shown in Japan.

Canon's press release is as follows;

Canon, in cooperation with Miyazaki Prefecture, has produced a new, ultra-high-resolution 8K video highlighting some of the prefecture's most iconic sightseeing locations and cultural elements. The project, entitled "Origins of Japan's Mythology," aims to promote tourism to Miyazaki and to preserve its natural beauty and cultural heritage. Using a Canon 8K camera equipped with the Company's rich lineup of EF Cinema Lenses covering the full range from wide-angle to telephoto, this video features such scenes as Takachiho Shrine and ritual Kagura dancing, Amanoyasugawara cave and sake making at a brewery in the town of Hinokage. Watch the video and experience the majesty of Miyazaki in exquisite detail!

Sharing his thoughts on capturing Miyazaki with 8K equipment, director of "Origins of Japan's Mythology" and CEO of Full score Co., Ltd. Ichiro Shimada said,

"Of the six days we spent filming, we only had clear skies for one. But we were still able to capture the full range of Miyazaki's graceful beauty in 8K, from Amanoyasugawara cave against the backdrop of faint rain to droplets forming outside Amanoiwato. Then on the final day, the sun finally emerged and we witnessed a miraculous sea of clouds from our vantage point at Kunimigaoka. The sublime sight of gentle drifting clouds and the soft glow of the sun is enough to take your breath away, and I feel we fully captured this in our 8K content.

"Canon's 8K technology not delivers not only extremely high resolution, but also high dynamic range and rich color expression. And with the ability to record in 8K RAW, we could represent our subjects with more true-to-life visuals. Finally, thanks to the ease of scaling our existing 4K equipment to accommodate our workflow, we were able to film without any trouble. I hope our work will allow even more people to experience the beautiful scenery of Miyazaki."

Canon's 8K Technologies

Canon is leveraging its proprietary optical and image-processing technologies to develop a full lineup of 8K equipment spanning input to output, including cameras, lenses and displays. The 8K camera used to record this content is equipped with a Canon-developed 8K image sensor that realizes ultra-high resolution of 8192 x 4320 pixels—16x that of 2K—high-precision HDR and a wide color gamut. All of this makes possible the capture of footage with quality, presence and immersion that's like seeing with the naked eye. In addition to hardware, Canon is pursuing development of such fully immersive experiences as the Free Viewpoint Video System, which gives viewers the feeling of watching an event in person. Going forward, Canon will continue striving to develop and deliver new visual solutions and experiences.

Public viewing locations

"Origins of Japan's Mythology" will be available for public viewing at the following locations:

8K

Canon 8K display at the Miyazaki Public Enterprise Bureau Office 1F Kenden Hall
February 20 from 10:00 – 16:00 and February 21 from 10:00 – 14:00

4K

CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2019, held at the Pacifico Yokohama convention center
February 28 to March 3

2K

Outdoor LED Vision (Miyazaki Hinata Vision) screen at the Miyazaki Products Shop KONNE in Shinjuku
Starting on February 20, from 10:00 – 16:00

via Cinema5D

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