• Type: Whitepaper
  • Topics: Video; Networked Av Systems; Display; Digital Signage;
  • Date: June 2015

4K and Beyond: Technical Challenges and Opportunities, an AVIXA  white paper, documents changes in the visual display market since the adoption of the 1080p, high-definition video format. Specifically, it focuses on the theoretical and practical parameters of the next generation of video technology, commonly known as ultra high-definition (UHD), or 4K, video. It further explains the obstacles facing widespread 4K adoption and describes the applications that can harness 4K today and in future.


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The 4K Puzzle

  • Visual Acuity and Optimum Viewing Distance
  • Frame and Refresh Rates
  • Color Depth and Contrast Ratio
  • To Compress or Not to Compress?
  • Content Protection
  • Infrastructure

Designing for 4K

  • Needs Assessment
  • Network Assessment
  • System Design
  • Implementation Challenges

4K in the Real World

  • Multiwindowing on a Single Display and Scaling 4K Across Multiple Displays
  • Projection Mapping
  • Videoconferencing
  • Security
  • Visualization
  • Simulation




  • Timothy Albright, CTS®, DMC-E, EAVA, Director of Operations, Innovad
  • Ken Eagle, Director of Field Training/Technical Sales, Atlona
  • Dave Fluegeman, Director of Simulation, Barco
  • Mike Garrido, Senior Product Manager, 3 DLP Projectors, Christie Digital
  • Paul Harris, CEO, Aurora Multimedia
  • HDBaseT Alliance
  • Nathan Hicks, CTS-D, Consultant, K2 Audio
  • Erik Iversen, Product Manager, Image Processing, Barco
  • Justin Kennington, Technology Manager, DigitalMedia, Crestron Electronics
  • Phil Laney, Director of Visualization and Simulation, Digital Projection
  • Sander Phipps, Product Manager, Professional Display Group, Sony Electronics

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The AVIXA white paper, 4K and Beyond: Technical Challenges and Opportunities, is free to download in PDF format.
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Related Standard

Frameworks, such as the standard, ANSI/AVIXA 10:2013 Audiovisual Systems Performance Verification, provide a common language and point of reference for the evaluation of AV/IT systems performance, including video system performance.
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