4K (Ultra HD) Video Support General Availability

We are happy to announce general availability of our 4K video support. With an increasing number of displays supporting 4K, along with ever improving player hardware performance, we are providing the option of enabling 4K video on any device in your account. There are a few things to keep in mind when deciding to make the 4K transition.

  • 4K video is big! By that we mean the file size is much larger than even a 1080p video. 4K, or UHD, video is 4x the pixel resolution of a standard 1080p video. That combined with a higher bitrate can inflate the file size substantially. Keep this in mind if storage space is limited on your player hardware.
  • GPU support for HEVC video decoding is necessary. Ensure your player is capable of decoding HEVC video in hardware. In most cases this will be specified in the tech specs or marketing materials for your player. Windows 10 has support for HEVC, but more recent updates now require the installation of an HEVC package from the Microsoft Store. More information is available here: https://support.reveldigital.com/hc/en-us/articles/360003891412-4K-Ultra-HD-video-support
  • Size matters. Some would argue there is no reason to utilize 4K video for displays under 50". The increase in pixels is only visibly beneficial once you get past the 50" threshold. That said, most 4K displays also incorporate other technology to improve the display quality including local dimming and HDR, so there are usually other benefits to utilizing high-end displays.
Enabling 4K for your Revel Digital device is simple. First, your device must be on either the Enterprise or Enterprise Plus service level, then just toggle the 4K button. From that point on, all video will be provided in it's original resolution up to 4K as well as in HEVC format.

Enabling 4K video support on your Revel Digital player

More information is available in our associated KB article: https://support.reveldigital.com/hc/en-us/articles/360003891412-4K-Ultra-HD-video-support

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