At the official launch of the new Nvidia CUDA-accelerated REDCODE RAW SDK at Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood, Hollywood, it was shown how the RED Monstro camera&s 24fps 8K (8,192 × 4,320) RAW footage was played, edited and color corrected on an HP Z4 workstation with a CPU and a Quadro RTX 6000 GPU in real time. The work with 8K video is accelerated by the fact that all computing processes necessary for decoding and debaying are outsourced to the GPU.
The NVIDIA high-end GPUs Titan RTX and GeForce RTX 2080 Ti also offer enough power for 8K realtime editing - making the use of the specialized RED Rocket-X transcoding card or multi-CPU systems superfluous. But also older, less powerful Nvidia GPUs of the Geforce, Titan or Quadro series accelerate the RED RAW workflow when working with 4K, 5K or 6K material.
Nvidia and RED see a bright future for 8K: market studies says up to 8 million 8K TVs will be sold by 2022, stimulating demand for 8K movies (and 8K capable hardware and software for production).
In addition, Nvidia and RED also emphasize the benefits of 8K for films that will ultimately be shown down to 4K. The downsampling reduces artefacts such as image noise and the 4x higher resolution provides sufficient reserves for subsequent image stabilization, cropping or virtual pans or zooms.
The RED R3D SDK and the REDCINE-X PRO software will be available by the end of Q1 2019. Beta versions of the SDK have already been made available to major third parties to support integration.