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This Eye-Popping Flyover of NYC Was Shot in 12K


Over the past several years, director Phil Holland has been specializing in high-res, large-format aerial cinematography. This gorgeous video titled “Above NYC” is a flyover of The Big Apple shot in 12K using a special rig comprising 3 RED Weapon Monstro 8K VV cameras.

The cameras — worth $79,500 each for a total cost of $238,500 — were mounted inside a special 6-axis gyro-stabilized aerial camera rig called the Shotover K1 Hammerhead, which in turn was mounted to a helicopter.

“For the stitching to work properly, they had to figure out the correct amount of overlap, and the cameras had to be synced using RED’s Jetpack SDI module,” Engadget reports. “Putting the video together in post was equally tricky, as everything needed to be aligned, warped, stitched and blended.

“Because all three cameras were pointed in different directions, shots needed a perspective adjustment to create a perfect rectilinear projection.”

Once the footage from the individual cameras are stitched together and processed, each frame of footage is the equivalent of a 100-megapixel photo with a sensor size equivalent to 645 medium format film. The resulting 12K footage has 48.5 times the resolution of 1080p.

The video above is an 8K export of the original 12K film. For now, you’ll just have to be content with imagining how much detail the original 12K film contains.