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2K to 4K CONVERSION

Render 4K Animation for the price of HD

2K to 4K conversion is certainly possible. This is also referred to as 2K4K blowup, uprez, upres, upscale and upconvert from 2K to 4K.

You can render your animation project in a regular 2K resolution and we can do a blowup to 4K for you. The way we approach this is from a perspective of maximum quality. To achieve best results, we analyze each scene / shot / sequence and adjust upscaling parameters to achieve the best possible visual end results.

Upscaling 2K to 4K is of course never without visual artefacting, no matter how precise the process is applied. So what we at 4KRender recommend is to at least render the image at 3K and then to have us upres the image to 4K. This is a process we can do all in one for you as well: 3K render and blowup. As such you will get the advantages of sharper 4K end results besides a big render price reduction, enhanced by the lower cost due to more upscaling / upconverting.

The very best approach is always to truly render at 4K but we understand that a 4K render budget, no matter how much reduced it may be, is not always available to animation productions. So contact us to find out what solutions may exist for your 4K animation project.

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Barco Auro 2K to 4K upres blowup comparison

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of this Barco Auro 3D Cinema Logo 2K to 4K
upres blowup comparison
Young Justice HD to 4K upres blowup comparison

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of this Warner Brothers Young Justice TV pilot
HD to 4K upres blowup comparison

SYCO Entertainment 2K to 4K upres blowup comparison

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of this SYCO Entertainment 3D Cinema Logo
2K to 4K upres blowup comparison

Shaun the Sheep 3DS HD to 4K upres blowup comparison

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of this Shaun the Sheep 3DS HD to 4K upres blowup
comparison


24fps to HFR CONVERSION

24fps to HFR conversion is very possible.

HFR stands for High Framerate / High Framerates at generally refers to 48fps, 50fps, 60fps, 96fps and 144fps.

You can render your animation project in a regular 24fps framerate and we can do a framerate upconversion to HFR for you. As with 2K to 4K conversion, the way we approach this is from a perspective of maximum quality. To achieve best results, we analyze each scene / shot / sequence and adjust interpollation parameters to achieve the best possible visual end results.

Converting 24fps to 48fps and more is of course never without visual artefacting, no matter how precise the process is applied. This is especially true for shots containing motion blur and similar post production effects. So what we at 4KRender recommend is to either allow for framerate upconversion to happen before post production or to allow for additional rendering of motion-blur and similarly complex visual shots.

The very best approach is always to truly render at 48fps and higher but we understand that a HFR render budget, no matter how much reduced it may be, is not always available to animation productions. So contact us to find out what solutions may exist for your HFR animation project.

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2D to 3D CONVERSION

2D to 3D conversion in 2K, 4K or higher, 24fps, 48fps or higher, is very possible, especially at budget prices.

Flat 2D film to 3D Stereoscopic animation and live-action is most definitely possible and UHD 4K HFR 48fps film do not pose much of a budgetary challenge. Most spectacularly, it is all possible at television production budgets rather than just at feature film levels.

As 2D to 3D conversion is done in large part by rotoscoping and match moving to the flat live-action and animation, costs can be reduced dramatically if CGI depth maps, render layers and clean plates are available. Most cost effective is of course to allow 4KRender to do your 3-D rendering and this most definitely also guarantees the best possible visual end results.

However your production is layed out, do not hesitate to get in touch with 4KRender to discuss the possiblities for 3D Stereo conversion or native stereo render on your animated or live-action project.

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2D to 3D conversion samples

Why convert 2D to 3D in post.

There are many reasons to convert in post rather than shoot natively, the main one obviously being budgetary. Shooting 3D natively will add a cost factor of 10-20% to the total budget due to pre-production planning, extra equipment, setup time on set, extra post hardware and software requirements, a slowdown of editing and compositing, extra VFX cost and a lot of post fixing of the video (matching geometry, colour balance, flare removal, retinal rivalry and so forth).

Conversion costs of a 90 minute feature film lie in the 0.5 million USD - 10 million USD region, where the 10 million USD budget is reserved for films like Titanic to make sure everything is done to absolute perfection. 1 million USD really IS low for end results that are high quality, solid, pleasant on the eyes and anomaly-free. Often, the big conversion companies offer half-price deals with a stake in the back-end of the film in a co-production fashion to get to numbers lower than 5 million USD and this is usually a deal you will not want as a producer having had to wait for some kind of payment for too many years already.

There are logical production reasons to shoot 2D and convert to 3D. A shoot with mostly greenscreen backgrounds, filled with VFX, will benefit from conversion to remove a layer of intense complexity and production slow-down, besides allowing for more decision making in compositing over tightly planned shooting conditions.

There are shots that are never going to be possible or logical to capture in native 3D because of technical complexities. Wild underwater shots, very long lens wildlife footage, helicopter shots, car-mounted shots and so forth easily fall into this category.

Creatively speaking, a director may not want to consider 3D factors during the shoot and lens in the 2D style he or she is used to and comfortable with.

And of course animation film production has a serious consideration with regards to render costs for 3D, 4K and HFR output and post conversion can be a budget solution, depending on total budget or late-in-the-game release format decision changes.

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