In this demonstration we use illumin8 to convert a 1080p video file to 4K and reveal the brilliant orange fur and terrifying teeth of a Bengal tiger.

On the right, a 5K iMac displays a 4K native video of the tiger; the iMac features nearly twice as many pixels as the 4K video file. On the left, we re-render the same tiger video to 1080p quality. Then we use our illumin8 app to instantly convert the 1080p version to 4K or higher quality. This all happens in RAM. That’s right, there’s no new 4K file that needs to be created.

What’s happening? In real time, illumin8 leverages an edge-detection filter to turn pixels into objects and then upsamples the 1080p video to 4K or higher quality. At the same time – in parallel and with no lag – illumin8 performs color correction and other video enhancement techniques, and applies a massive palette of user-selected filters and effects.

When we pause the two versions of the tiger video on the same frame you can see that the illumin8 version of the 1080p video has more detail and color vibrancy than the original 4K native version of the video. This clearly demonstrates how our technology reduces demands for higher bandwidth and storage while providing much greater access to 4K content.

  • Les Konley

    I’d like to be the first to start this discussion in order to modify some of the technical specifications I may have mentioned in this video, and to elaborate upon my claims. To be specific, I’ve forced both of these 5K iMac monitors into native 1:1 pixel mode for a 5120×2880 resolution using 3rd party software. On the right monitor, the native 4K video is scaled with Quicktime (stretched to fill the 5K screen), and the left monitor displaying the output of illumin8 SneakPeak media player as it takes a 2MP BluRay-quality HD 1080p video, and upsamples the source video in real-time within RAM to a superior 14.7MP 5K-quality, color-corrected video composed of 7.1x rendered pixels-to-screen than the original 2MP source… and far higher quality than the streched 8MP 4K video on the right. A stretch-to-fill algorithm used by the 5K iMac’s Quicktime output is using sub-pixel division (with resulting smearing and blurriness). The illumin8 version, upsamping a much smaller video on the left, still clearly and objectively provides a better-quality image, and without any pixelation, when compared directly with 4K source material [when viewed on Retina 5K iMac hardware]; it’s an objective comparison which garners 100% agreement during live demonstrations given to people sitting directly in front of dual 27″ 5K demo workstations.

    In fact, illumin8 is the world’s first real-time adaptive-quality media player… and of course, 14.7 million pixels looks better than 2 million; however, illumin8 is the first generation of new software which I’ve seen that can actually take advantage of higher DPI screens to its and users’ advantage, and which always provides the best experience regardless of your viewing device. Please note, in places where I refer to “1K” video, the resolution of 1080p was meant, but is better described as 2MP video. Cheers!!! – LK

  • LeDone BeePhotogenic Garrett

    Simply amazing. Watching the 4k world changing right before our very eyes! Go mindaptiv!