Even if you don't have an ultra-HD display, you're going to want to watch this.

"10328x7760 - A 10K Timelapse Demo" is a straightforwardly titled demo reel created by Los Angeles based photographer Joe Capra. You may be wondering why you would even watch a video shot at 10K resolution. A lot of people have yet to make the jump from 1080 to 4K (let alone something as ludicrous as 8K, which is reportedly just around the corner). What interest could you possible have in a video shot at so excessive a resolution?

Zoomability, that's what:

There's just something utterly engrossing about a cityscape shot in ultra-high resolution. Zooming in on a random section of scenery and poring over the details feels like exploring the hyper-detailed illustrations of artists like Mark Alan Stamaty and Mattias Adolfsson brought to life. We've been able to do this with with still images for a few years, and it is intoxicatingly fun. It's armchair voyeurism taken to its logical extreme (somewhere in this photo there's a couple having sex on a roof – you just know it). It's everything you wish Google Maps would be. It feels like having a superpower.

Each of the stills in Capra's video is composed of hundreds of 80-megapixel images, so "each individual raw frame measures 10328x7760 pixels." That's a lot of city to explore.

Each shot was very minimally processed and included curves, input sharpening, saturation adjustments. The h264 compression really kills alot of the fine detail. No noise reduction was done on any of the shots. I tried to keep the shots as close to raw as possible so you may see some dust spots, noise, and manual exposure changes I made while shooting. For a final video edit these adjustments would be smoothed out and fixed. Normally I run shots where I manually change exposure during the shot through LRTimelapse, but unfortunately the program can't seem to handle such huge raw files. I also had to loop some shots in order to have enough runtime to do some zooms, so you may see a jump in the footage here and there.

Each shot sequence starts off with the full resolution footage scaled down to fit within a 1920x1080 resolution (14% scale). The next shot in each shot sequence is the full resolution shot scaled to 50%, so basically zooming in quite a bit. From there we go into the full resolution shot scaled to 100%, which is an extreme zoom/crop. As you can see, the quality and detail holds up extremely well, it's pretty amazing.

Most people, if they're being honest, would agree that the resolution wars are pretty silly. Numbers like 1080, 4k, 8k, and 10k are handy for facile comparisons, but resolution is only one aspect of picture quality (things like contrast ratio, color accuracy, and motion blur are, arguably, a lot more important to one's viewing experience). But time-lapses like Capra's present a pretty compelling case for outrageously high-resolution videography.

[Joe Capra]