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4K bug new2
Jun 24, 2014

Is 4K Affordable?

Years ago, customers would expect to pay over $60,000 for a 56” 4K display.  Today, the world’s premier 4K displays in 84” diagonal, begin at $20,000. The Planar® UltraRes™ is making the world of immersive, Ultra HD affordable and the new Planar® EP Series 4k offerings, in 58” and 65”, make this resolution even more accessible.  4K is here to stay!  Starting with cinema standards in the early 2000’s and moving down into residential and commercial applications over the past few years, 4k has enjoyed the fastest growth rate of any new display technology.  People may be asking if 4k is necessary, but once you see it, you don’t want to go back. Now is More…
4K bug new2
Jun 20, 2014

4K photography goes mobile

The trend towards higher resolution smartphone displays is well underway. HTC, LG, Samsung, and Sony are all looking to up the pixel count with their next generation handsets, and according to statements made a few months ago at a South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy analyst event, Samsung is planning to release an Ultra-HDTV smartphone sometime in 2015, that’s 3840 pixels wide by 2160 pixels tall, also known as 4K or Ultra HD resolution. Although the pixel density may not be viewable on a hand-held device, the ability of these cameras to take pictures at well beyond 4k will ensure a steady stream of high-resoultion content for displays More…
Infocomm 2014
Jun 10, 2014

Come see Planar at InfoComm 2014

You can count on seeing the award-winning Clarity® Matrix™, Planar® UltraRes™, and Planar® Mosaic™ and a host of products that illustrate Planar’s commitment to innovation. You will also experience a variety of new product offerings, never before seen illustrating the latest in 4k Ultra HD resolution displays, touch interactivity, and more. Mark your calendars for June 18-20, start your engines, and join us in Vegas at Booth # C6836 for an InfoComm you won’t forget. Get a free InfoComm pass from Planar!  
4K Face Off -4
May 29, 2014

4K Advertising Face-Off #4

The AV industry has been reacting to the new Ultra HD or 4k resolution displays and many have brought up concerns about the “availability of content.” In this series, we will face off the resolution of a 4k Planar UltraRes with a variety of common advertising platforms to illustrate that experienced graphic designers, advertisers, and brands have no problem creating “beyond HD” content and in fact, have been doing it for decades. In this fourth and final battle round, we compare the Planar® UltraRes™ 84” LCD display with a standard size outdoor billboard. For this analysis we used a CBS Outdoor example in Las Vegas, NV. The Planar UltraRes measures More…
Face Off 3
May 21, 2014

4K Advertising Face-Off #3

The AV industry has been reacting to the new Ultra HD or 4k resolution displays and many have brought up concerns about the “availability of content.”  In this series, we will face off the resolution of a 4k Planar® UltraRes™ with a variety of common advertising platforms to illustrate that experienced graphic designers, advertisers, and brands have no problem creating “beyond HD” content and in fact, have been doing it for decades. In this third battle round, we compare the Planar UltraRes 84” LCD display with a full-color vinyl banner the likes of which might be used to announce a store grand opening or special promotion. The Planar UltraRes More…
4K face off -2
May 15, 2014

4K Advertising Face-Off #2

The AV industry has been reacting to the new Ultra HD or 4k resolution displays and many have brought up concerns about the “availability of content”. In this series, we will face off the resolution of a 4k Planar® UltraRes™ with a variety of common advertising platforms to illustrate that experienced graphic designers, advertisers, and brands have no problem creating “beyond HD" content and in fact, have been doing it for decades. In this second battle round, we compare the Planar UltraRes 84”  LCD display with a full-page advertisement in the influential Conde Nast publication, Vogue. The Planar UltraRes measures 84” diagonal, or more than 6 feet More…
Face Off 1
May 08, 2014

4K Advertising Face-Off #1

The AV industry has been reacting to the new Ultra HD or 4k resolution displays and many have brought up concerns about the “availability of content.” In this series, we will face off the resolution of a 4k Planar® UltraRes™ with a variety of common advertising platforms to illustrate that experienced graphic designers, advertisers, and brands have no problem creating “beyond HD” content and in fact, have been doing it for decades. In this first battle round, we compare the Planar UltraRes 84” LCD display with a full-page advertisement in the iconic New York Times newspaper. The Planar UltraRes measures 84” diagonal, or more than 6 feet across (in More…
Nov 14, 2013

Playing Video in 4K

This past September, Intel hosted its annual Intel Develop Forum event in San Francisco. The Intel NUC team and Planar created a joint Ultra HD video demo for IDF. The Ultra HD displays with a resolution of 3,840 × 2,160 pixels represent four times the resolution of Full HD (as seen on most modern TVs)and are being called 4K displays. If you think Full HD is life-like, then 4K will blow your mind. But all these extra pixels come at a cost as processing that many pixels is extremely taxing. Intel wanted to show that it's new NUC packed the punch to run 4K videos. Intel NUC are essentially a 4”x4”x2” computer. It’s small in size, economical in price but More…
Netflix 4K (Mobile)
Nov 07, 2013

NetFlix 4k Content for Planar UltraRes

This week it was announced that NetFlix is testing 4k video streaming and has posted a short video entitled “El Fuente 50 MP” which is described as “an example of 4k.” We brought a PC with an internet connection into the lab to test the content on the Planar® UltraRes™ 4k Ultra HD 84” LCD display. In general, the content was not as good as the video loops we have demonstrated at DSE, InfoComm, and CEDIA Expo , which we know have been shot or rendered in 4k and are mastered for quality. That said, it was a significant improvement over what they showed in January 2013 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and this latest effort shows real promise. We More…
Oct 07, 2013

Finding 4k Reference Content for the Planar UltraRes and Clarity Matrix LCD Video Walls

As people are using the Planar® UltraRes™ or building video walls using Clarity® Matrix™ for demonstration, art, or ambiance, we get questions from our reseller partners and their clients as to where they can find content to show off the incredible resolution and visual performance of these displays. For instance, a 3x3 Clarity Matrix of our MX-46 is over 5,760 pixels wide and the ultra HD resolution of the Planar UltraRes measured 3840 x 2160 pixels on a single 84” display canvas. Although these displays can certainly show video content from traditional sources like BluRay or PC sources, and can upscale 1080p content beautifully, nothing beats More…