SmartHouse - - FIRST LOOK // FOXTEL - Writ­ten by DAVID RICHARDS

Up­scal­ing of 4K and HD con­tent to 8K is set to de­liver a ma­jor boost to own­ers of the new iQ4 box with real time 4K shot sports con­tent able to be viewed in 8K.

The un­lock key is new Sam­sung ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence found in the new Q900R QLED 8K range of TV’s that will be re­leased in Aus­tralia shortly.

Un­like con­ven­tional sets that use fil­ters for smooth­ing, and de­tail en­hance­ment and restora­tion pro­cess­ing for greater per­ceived de­tail, Sam­sung’s 8K AI up­scale tech­nol­ogy (de­liv­ered by the com­pany’s pro­pri­etary Quan­tum Pro­ces­sor 8K) is based on ‘ma­chine learn­ing’ and can clev­erly learn (and store in its data­base) what pro­cess­ing tools to use de­pend­ing on the con­tent type.

An ex­am­ple is the up­com­ing cricket sea­son, con­tent shot by Foxtel in 4K which in it­self is a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment over Full HD used by free to air TV sta­tions in Aus­tralia will now be able to be seen in 8K or 7680 x 4320 res­o­lu­tion which is four times that of 4K.

What Sam­sung has built into their new TV’s is an in­tel­li­gent up­scal­ing al­go­rithm that can up­scale 4K, Full HD and even SD con­tent to “qual­ity nearly the equiv­a­lent of 8K res­o­lu­tion”, im­prov­ing de­tail and depth while re­duc­ing noise and mo­tion is­sues – whether it’s from a stream­ing ser­vice, set-top box, HDMI, USB or even mo­bile mir­ror­ing.

At to­day’s IFA press con­fer­ence

Sam­sung ex­ec­u­tives told Chan­nelNews that the tech­nol­ogy “com­pares low and high-qual­ity ver­sions of the same con­tent to learn the tech­no­log­i­cal dif­fer­ences be­tween the two and form a vast data­base. It analy­ses mil­lions of pieces of video con­tent and finds a cor­re­la­tion. Based on its anal­y­sis, it can se­lect the op­ti­mum fil­ters that sup­port bright­ness, the level of black­ness, spread and other er­rors from all in­puts, and trans­form lowdef­i­ni­tion con­tent to close to 8K high def­i­ni­tion.” Res­o­lu­tion and up­scal­ing aside, the new TVs have a 4000-nit peak bright­ness de­liv­ered by ‘Di­rect Full Ar­ray Elite’ back­light­ing. They have also been cer­ti­fied with 100 per cent colour vol­ume ca­pa­bil­ity.

The prob­lem now is that the res­o­lu­tion of con­tent be­ing shot and recorded by Foxtel in 4K is so clear and so good that sports par­tic­i­pants are go­ing to have to be care­ful of what they say on field as au­dio also falls un­der the TVs’ AI up­scal­ing tech­nol­ogy. A sound op­ti­miza­tion fea­ture built into the new TV’s aims to en­hance au­dio per­for­mance de­pend­ing on con­tent type by iden­ti­fy­ing the con­tent’s meta­data and con­tin­u­ally analysing and ren­der­ing the sound sig­nal ac­cord­ingly. For ex­am­ple, dur­ing a foot­ball match, crowd noise will be am­pli­fied af­ter a goal along with swear­ing and curs­ing by play­ers.

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