What is 4K? Beginner’s Guide to 4K
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In this video I’m going to explain what 4K is in this 4K edition episode of “What Is”. 4K seems to be the craze lately in the tech world. I was kind of confused at first, so I got myself familiar with it, looked into it, and now I’m here to explain what it is and what it means to us as consumers. 4K is basically the name for the new standardized high definition resolution for displays. 4K gets its name from the amount of pixels horizontally on the resolution. It has roughly 4,000 pixels horizontally and 2,000 pixels vertically. HD displays have an aspect ratio of 16:9. Basic HD is 720p. 720p has a resolution of 1280×720 — so 1280 pixels horizontally and 720 pixels vertically.

We also have 1080 full HD. Full HD means 1080p. That’s kind of the standard that you see on monitors and TVs these days. Almost everyone has one. If you go out and buy a new HD television right now, it’s most likely full HD 1080p. 1080p is actually 1920 x 1080 pixels tall. Did you think that it would stop there at 1080p? No siree! So the next step up is… 4K! 4K is the next step up after 1080p. 4K is now the next high definition resolution standard for mass market displays. Why is it called 4K? 4K is named after its horizontal pixels because 4K is roughly 4,000 pixels wide by 2,000 pixels high.

So what does that mean for us, the consumers? Well, when go out to buy TVs and monitors, you will start seeing these ultra HD 4K displays. That’s the name. So when you see “ultra HD” that’s the same thing as 4K. That’s the standardized 16:9 display that you’ll see in monitors and TVs. And the exact pixels for 4K ultra HD are actually 3,840 pixels wide by 2,160 pixels high. 4K is twice the width of 1080p and twice the height of 1080p, which makes it 4 times larger than 1080p! A full HD 1080p resolution has roughly 2 million pixels compared to a 4K which has roughly 8 million pixels. That’s a lot of pixels. I’ve never seen a 4K TV live, but I’ve seen other people see it for themselves and I felt the excitement in the room. I could feel my own head exploding.

So what’s so special about 4K? Well, the name says it itself. It’s ultra high definition. It’s four times as high-def as 1080p. And they say it’s like when you’re looking at a 4K display, it’s like looking out a window. You get that much detail, that much sharpness, and the image quality is just so crisp, it’s like looking at a window, which I’m so excited for. And that’s why everybody is so crazy about it. That’s what’s so good about 4K. So now you know what 4K is. It’s called ultra high-definition. It’s the next step up after full HD 1080p, and you’re going to be seeing it come out in monitors and TVs. They’re already selling TVs like this, but really the content is not there. They’re not broadcasting 4K over the air and TV shows and movies yet. It’s all being filmed. It’s actually going to it. They’re starting to record everything in 4K if they haven’t already, but you’ll start seeing content publishers like Netflix and YouTube and anything streaming in 2014, you will start to see them start pushing 4K content out and the people that will be able to see it will be the people who have 4K monitors and televisions and stuff like that.

So if you want to be one of the pioneers of 4K content coming in, then the next TV that you go out and buy, I would definitely recommend picking up a 4K TV if you can. I wouldn’t go out and just buy one right now just because it’s out. The only person that should go out and buy one is if you’re in the market for one. If you’re going to buy a new TV even if 4K wasn’t around because 2014 is supposed to be the year when 4K starts making its way into the mass market. Bottom line, 4K is the new amazing resolution standard for HD displays, and you will start seeing it come in more and more. Hopefully, more content creators will get their hands on 4K cameras and start getting 4K content out there. Then everyone will start getting their hands on 4K and make the price go down lower, so everybody can get their hands on some 4K action. So I hope you’re as excited as I am about 4K!

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48 Comments

Natman

February 17, 2020

I just bought ny first 4K TV. It is now 2020. Great video mate

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Chill Bill

February 17, 2020

I'll tell you what 4k is…A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY! If you want proof, then just check out how damn good 1080p can be on my projector…
https://youtu.be/tuKfwkGYRH8

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Eve Burrows

February 17, 2020

2020 anyone

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Adam Moussavou

February 17, 2020

How to use a smart 4k us tv in a 220 volt country?

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James Bowles

February 17, 2020

Lol that's a small monitor, I have a 49 inch 4K Sony

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MXJunky

February 17, 2020

TCL and LG sells for 240 and 330 bucks lol

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February 17, 2020

8k anybody?

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Jack Soto

February 17, 2020

I just got a 55"inch 4k smart Samsung t.v and it's pretty good im not sure I've seen a 8k yet but must be nice

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Dan Erickson

February 17, 2020

Keep it.

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MarCuseusFX

February 17, 2020

*FACEPALM*
It's nothing new about 4K resolution, not in 2020 and not back in 2014.
And it is certainly does not have ROUGHLY 4000 pixels. It has exactly 4096 pixels horizontally.
This video only needed to be a minute or less.

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Adit Magotra

February 17, 2020

Video :WHAT IS 4K?BEGINNERS GUIDE !!!

VIDEO :1080p

Me:

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Troy Fowler

February 17, 2020

More videos keep it up

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Mike Curtis

February 17, 2020

IMPRESSIVE DELIVERY

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Harry 2wheels

February 17, 2020

2020 now and all I need is 4K eyeballs because I'm nearly 60 and my eyesight isn't what it used to be….

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Kardo ibrahim

February 17, 2020

It’s 2020 we hear 4K recent in meddle-east ..!! Thanks YouTube !!

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Farai Mpasi

February 17, 2020

Thank you dear mate for a balanced honest review. I am going to buy 2 of these tomorrow but the 58" not the 55''.

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1forevery

February 17, 2020

2020…I’m super late

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Plum. EXE

February 17, 2020

2020 gang

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tonykenworthy

February 17, 2020

! Jan 2020.Just bought 4k TV ..still not much content LOL

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Borrix Saxon

February 17, 2020

yep, my mum is still on 720

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Robert Olson

February 17, 2020

3k is not 4k.. scam alart

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Joe Dunn

February 17, 2020

A little off topic but you are so damn cute and so full of information and seemingly smart too. 😛

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BigB

February 17, 2020

he skipped 2k? wtf?

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Magesh Jaganathan

February 17, 2020

Really explained well

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Ranks Productions

February 17, 2020

Thanks for sharing these information

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Misfitnz8

February 17, 2020

I dont need to have to buy a new tv just for that waste

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MusTaif S

February 17, 2020

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MusTaif S

February 17, 2020

Please support me friend I bought new Tv

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sleezybeatz

February 17, 2020

You're a Good Teacher and stuff,,, but After 1080p,,,, I thought there was a 1920 FHD / FULL HD???? What is that????

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314 Jeeps N' Mopars

February 17, 2020

End of 2019 now wanting to understand 4k lol

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Jim Reid

February 17, 2020

You lost me an hour ago

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Arthur Atkinson

February 17, 2020

Your eyebrows look 4k

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Michael Alucard

February 17, 2020

Who else is just watching this in 2019? Nice work Andy

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TheVacinator

February 17, 2020

I feel like I’ve seen YouTube videos with 1440p before

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PETE BETANCOURT

February 17, 2020

Thanks for explaining because I was also lost with this 4K

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Tomas Perry

February 17, 2020

NOSIREEEE

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Mr Santa Bella

February 17, 2020

Thanks man

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Chirrut Imwe

February 17, 2020

Thanks! Helpful even in 2019 and even though I am still happy with the old fashioned tv with no hd at all. 🙂

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Dark Nite

February 17, 2020

Wow. I just barely got a 4KTV only because I passed my good working old HDTV to my parents. Just realized that 4K content is a rare find. Just because you have a 4K tv doesn't mean what your watching is 4K…

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Mitigated Gall ‘Dalmatian Nation

February 17, 2020

Remember 1080i??

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kernowarty

February 17, 2020

I was only mildly irritated by this guy.

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kernowarty

February 17, 2020

So why didnt they call it 2K?

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kernowarty

February 17, 2020

You dont see in 4K

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max kelly

February 17, 2020

would a 4k resolution on a smaller tv or monitor look better, because theres more pixels in a smaller space?

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abdullah ageely

February 17, 2020

Thank you dude… my room 5×5 meter what size of TV suitable for my room ? 55” or 65 “ inches?

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BLCKkratos TV

February 17, 2020

so basically its real life but on a screen

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Dany Ajmo

February 17, 2020

Thank God

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Abid Hussain

February 17, 2020

very well define 4 k thanks.

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