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Ultra HD: What Will the Porn Industry Think?

If 1080p exposes a couple of flaws, then 4K will expose 4x as many. At some point, too much resolution is a bad thing, best left to nature flicks and animation.


You'll never catch me in 4K Ultra HD!
Julie Jacobson · October 23, 2012

For LG Electronics, October 25 marks the big debut of Ultra HD, the high-def format formerly known as 4K.

I’ll be spending the day in L.A. at Video & Audio Center (Just One Touch), which is showcasing LG Electronics new 84-inch beauty, the 84LM9600 ($19,999), to the press and the general public.

As part of the big event – and it will be big, just like last year’s Sony-inspired 3D event at the same store – visitors will be able to “see yourself on 4K Ultra HD TV with Ultra 4K broadcast camera,” reads an ad in the LA Times.

The 4K filming comes courtesy of HD film pioneer, Randall Dark, CEO of Austin, Texas-based Randall Dark Productions.

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When I read the promo, I wondered: Who the heck wants to see themselves in 4K? Certainly not me. And I’m quite certain that no one would want to see me at that resolution.

It reminds me of a piece I did during the raging HD DVD vs. Blu-ray battle, which could very well have been determined by the trend-setting porn industry. To that end, in 2007 I attended the giant Adult Entertainment Expo, produced by AVN.

For the story,” I asked several stars how they felt about being filmed in HD. None of the stars was terribly fazed; a couple echoed the sentiment of Jessica Drake from Wicked Pictures: “It actually makes them [actors] look more human. I don’t mind seeing a wrinkle or two.”

RELATED: High Definition Doesn’t Scare Porn Stars

But if 1080p exposes a couple of flaws, then 4K will show about 4x as many. This could present real challenges in the makeup department, whether you’re shooting porn or adventure flicks, like the documentary Randall Dark is shooting now.

At some point, too much resolution is a bad thing, best left to nature flicks, animation, and really pretty people.

In the meantime, invest in beauty products!
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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at julie.jacobson@emeraldexpo.com

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