Uncompressed 4K video data takes up a lot of bandwidth. You'd have to have a pretty unimaginably fast broadband connection to stream it. Of course, no-one would actually try to do that; no-one streams uncompressed video of any type.
Red has tackled this issue head-on with their REDRAY player and their ODEMAX Ecosystem, which is not available yet but which we're assured is in development.
But we have now seen the REDRAY player in action, playing 4K video, encoded to RED's own codec to a 20 MBit/s stream. This is a heavy amount of compression.
What does it look like?
So what does it look like?
We saw 4K video playing on a Samsung 4K screen: the one that costs the same as a mid-range Audi. And it looked fantastic. Of course the footage was chosen to highlight the sharpness and detail but no lower-resolution system could have reproduced these images so completely.
We are assuming that the footage we saw was compressed using RED's own compression system that reproduces 4K from a 20 Mbit/s stream
And I don't know if it was deliberate, but one of the best indications that a product release is imminent is that it comes with retail packaging. We saw a pile of REDRAY boxes on the floor of the RED booth at NAB.
Make of that whatever you like, but count us as impressed.