4K Ultra HD and general viewing notes

To provide you an ad-free viewing experience with over 560 videos that you can share with however many, Google Drive is used to serve 4K 10 bit video previews. No need for logging in or intrusive ads!

Be aware of the drawback of 10 bit 4k: There are steep hardware and display requirements for HEVC 10 bit video playback. 1080p and lower previews are still h.264 and widely compatible, all videos play in 8 bit SD or HD unless downloaded (see below). But first, here are PC specifications recommended for playing 10 bit 4K at 60fps:

Windows Desktop PC
CPU7th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, AMD Ryzen equivalent or newer
Graphics cardNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 equivalent or better
RAM4 GB or more
OS
Display
Software
Windows 7 or later
3820×2160 resolution, Rec. 2020 color primaries capable
Editor or player that supports HEVC 10 bit
Note: Although clips are at 24 fps (with exception of the 10x previews) the requirements are similar.

Mobile devices (OSX, Android Pi and later): Some phones will be able to play the files but are not all equipped with 4K screens.

macOS: ‘Pro’ models from 2016 and later may suffice.

With the advent of 10 bit HEVC in 2013 (the evolution of h.264, aka h.265, High Efficiency Video Codec- HEVC) banding gradients on shareable videos can be nearly wiped out entirely. Banding gradients on smooth areas (like skies) has always been a weakness in general for streaming video- but 10 bit video profiles nearly eliminate postering and banding. Now efficiency and quality can go hand in hand, but both a 4K display and newer system are required- not everyone will be able to view these at the quality intended.

This site is in the process of providing high quality 4K previews to you- that work continues now. If you run into any color banding it means you are watching either an h.264 HD file or the file has not yet been updated.

Quality and resolution while streaming: the gear icon near the bottom right of the video player controls your video playback quality, but to view 4K the previews must be downloaded- see the image below. For HD and SD viewers, your streaming choices should consider internet speed and computer specs.

To easily download 4K, 10 bit video and watch it on your system:

Option 1:Expect all collections to have 10 bit files by 6.01.2021. At which time you will see a zip file in the sub-collections. The zip file contains all 10 bit files from that category; simply download, unzip the file and play the files contained therein locally using the Video and TV app on Windows. Tip: On Windows 10, select all, right click and select open. This will play them all in a playlist if videos are assigned to open with the Movies and TV app.

Or

1: With the file open in your browser, select the download icon on the top right of a video (see image for an example of where to click when viewing a video).

An example image from clip to do 4K downloads
A screenshot with arrow to indicate where the download button is in many browsers.

2: AFTER the video has completely downloaded, play the files, (I recommend placing them in your video editor). Use the ‘Movies and TV’ app with Windows 10.

If you can’t play the files with the above specs and are fully updated, your device may not be HEVC compatible- you can still view and stream h.264 HD from this site!

Resolution guide for choosing the best for you:

3840×2160 (or greater): 4K Ultra HD (download only)

1920×1080 or above (but less than 4k): 1080p HD

1280×720 or above (but less than 1920×1080): 720p

Less than 1280×720: Standard definition 360p

Streaming video dips in quality: When you open a video you may see video quality on this site start low; adjust your video resolution. ProRes previews are not currently available for all clips but create a proof request if you need to have some prior to purchase and license.

4K requirements are so steep because of the sheer amount of data moving in time-lapse clips. Specs that can barely run 1080p may run not as smooth because of the demands time-lapse puts on codecs to decompress. Feel free to encode the previews to a lower resolution also in 10 bit for preview purposes.

*10 bit HEVC video player/editor required. See specs above.