I didn't realize 4K displays were quite so imminent. So, what I'm getting from this thread, and giving great weight to your statement, is that we may have 4K displays commercially available for home theater "early adopters" as early as Holiday 2011, if only there is content to display on it.
4K displays seem like they'll deliver about the same resolution as a Red One can ... 3.2-3.5K depending on some implementation details.
That's pretty exciting to me.
My central issue remains ... will audiences be able to see it and appreciate it? It will be there in front of them ... but will ordinary people be able to see the difference, and will it matter to them ... or would they rather have $800 1080p displays?
Now ... I want to be clear ... I don't need to be sold personally. I see it, I value it and I'll buy it ASAP. I'll shoot my pictures in 4K+ on Red cameras every time its practical - for my own satisfaction if nothing else!
Let me put it another way - I want to be able to point and say concretely that it provably makes a difference to the viewer. I want to know that regular audiences will perceive value in the finish.
Anecdotally, I think most people have trouble seeing resolution over 720p, at least that's what they are telling me. That is what brought up the question.
I don't trust my own judgment, because I know that with some materials I can see even the incredibly slight difference between 2K and 1080p! 720p grates my nerves even on small 720p displays and on iPads (which are less than 720p themselves). I'm not a good test subject or evaluator for what I want to know. I assume almost everyone on this board falls into that category.
So, I want to move this whole question out of the pointless rigamarole of anecdotes and theoretical number crunching and into one of audience tests/studies.
I'm not one to place faith in even someone with Jim Jannard's track record ... I don't operate that way.
So, what are the facts? I specifically want to know how "ordinary" audiences (i.e. not imaging professionals and AV enthusiasts) will react. Has anyone done any studies to understand this? NHK? Red? Sony? Anyone?
Are we sure that the difference that is obvious to US won't seem like a pointless boondoggle to our audiences ... you know, the folks who ultimately pay our rent/mortgage?
If no one has studied this, does anyone here have any insight into why it hasn't been studied? What has to happen to make such a study happen?