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HDMI 2.1 Is Here and the Future Is Now… Almost

13 January 2021

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HDMI 2.1 Is Here and the Future Is Now… Almost

HDMI 2.1 is becoming readily available on TVs, but do filmmakers need to worry about it now?

We’ve been hearing about the coming of HDMI 2.1 for years now. But while the new standard provides greater bandwidth for transmitting larger resolution images, is it something that creators should be adopting sooner, rather than later? Well, not right away, but it’s something worth knowing about. 

HDMI 2.1 is the next big step as we continue the march towards a high-refresh-rate, 4K world, and while it’s not widespread yet, now is the time to get familiar with the new features that this new dot upgrade brings.

Currently, HDMI 2.0 supports up to 18Gbps bandwidth and 10-bit 8K video resolutions to 60fps. So your external records and monitors are in plenty good shape for a while. What HDMI 2.1 brings is 48GBps bandwidth and offers 10K frame rates up to 120fps. This increased frame rate will also be translated downward to lower resolutions like 4K 120p, 5K 120p, and 8K 120p.

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