As a weekend project, I decided to take a 22.5MB 720p video off YouTube, resize it to a resolution 4.5 times wider to end up with a file 63 times larger and play it across three displays. I ended up with more than 60GB of video from that single 720p file.
Here’s the process.
Convert the 22.5MB 1280 x720 video to a 2.76GB ProRes 422 (LT) file while resizing the video to 5760×3240 (approximately 6K).
Crop the video to 5760×1080 and re-encode to a new ProRes 422 (LT) file. (Each of the 24″ monitors display at 1920×1080, so the three together have an aspect ratio of 5.33:1.)
Play the ProRes 422 (LT) file on three 24″ displays arranged in Nvidia Surround using two GTX 560 Ti GPUs configured in SLI.
Shoot a video of the AMV playing back on the monitors with a RED Scarlet.
Perform some slight editing, then upload a 10.81GB 4K ProRes 422 (HQ) file to YouTube.
I wanted to see how much I could increase the size of a highly-compressed 720p file off YouTube, without introducing too much blocking or compression artifacts. The camera was positioned seven feet away from the monitors and as you can see in the video, while some image degradation is noticeable, it’s still watchable. So, that was my weekend project. :-)