Planet Earth 2 from BBC will debut in 2016 in beautiful 4K UHD video quality

by on February 24, 2016

Stephan Jukic – February 24, 2016

The original and multiple award winning BBC series Planet Earth was released 10 years ago and became a monumental success due to an assortment of reasons.

For one, it was one of the first programs to seriously demonstrate just how awesome an HDTV was, thanks to the resolution in which the series was filmed, and secondly, it delivered an absolutely remarkable look at the rarely seen and sometimes deeply strange behaviors of animals across numerous and often deeply isolated planetary environments.

Now, for fans of this ground breaking 10 year-old documentary, yet another spectacular nature documentary project is on the way from the same BBC group. That’s right, Planet Earth is coming back and it will be recorded this time in even more extraordinary 4K ultra HD resolution for what promises to be some truly spectacular nature documentary video.

According to a report from “The Atlantic”, Planet Earth 2 is scheduled for arrival later in 2016 and like its original counterpart, the new version will also be narrated by David Attenborough. Furthermore, the sequel will take things still further by using video recording technologies that didn’t exist in 2006, such as specialized 4K cameras, drone technology and remote recording features. We can also likely expect the new documentary to arrive with High dynamic range added to its 4K visuals.

 “When it was released in 2006, Planet Earth was simply the latest (and the most expensive) in a long line of BBC nature documentaries, though it was the first to take advantage of the development of high-definition filming techniques. Planet Earth 2 will be similarly forward-thinking—it’s been shot with ultra high-definition cameras over the last three years, employing drones and remote recording. It’ll likely serve as a similar native commercial for 4K televisions, the industry’s next big product, which have so far struggled to find TV content to match their ultra-detailed pictures.”

The sequel to Planet Earth from the BBC will also be narrated by David Attenborough

The sequel to Planet Earth from the BBC will also be narrated by David Attenborough

In other words, Planet Earth 2 is offering some truly remarkable new filming opportunities with the perfect demonstration of what the latest in professional recording machinery can do under some of the world’s most spectacular settings. And this is no minor budget spectacle we’re talking about. The original was one of the most expensive documentaries ever made, and this sequel is likely to follow suit, but with far superior equipment and video quality.

“[The] epic scale and ambition of this series is second to none,” according to series executive producer Mike Gunton. “It will be a truly immersive experience, providing audiences with a unique perspective on the most extraordinary places and animals on our planet.”

We can’t wait to see what 4K video, drones, HDR recording and spectacular color rendering technologies do to give us a glimpse of the raw natural world which hides out of sight for most people.

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