2K vs 720p?

As you may know we are offering the new Action Essentials in 2 versions, 720p high definition and 2k film-resolution. The idea is to give customers a choice so they can get the product they need and we can keep offering incredible low prices. Below is some information on common video formats and how they compare.

Format specifications:

720p HD: 1280 x 720
HDV 1080: 1440 x 1080 (effective resolution is same as 1080p)
1080p HD: 1920 x 1080
2K: 2048 x 1152

Basically 2k is a little bit larger than 1080p but they are very similar for the most part. The 2k version is about 2.5 times larger than 720p in resolution but remember that some elements like a muzzle flash wont actually be “full frame” so even the 720p version could be more than enough resolution for your 1080p project since certain elements will probably be scaled down. Of course the 2K version really gives you a lot of flexibility with framing elements in HD , especially if you needs things to be larger and crisp.
Check out the chart.

BTW, the files are not going to ‘kill’ your computer either, you will actually find them to be quite robust in both formats. Remember 2k is just slightly larger than 1080p.

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122 Comments

1 year ago
The real question is the 720 version soon going to obsolete with all of these 4K cameras and TV's rolling out.
Miles
1 year ago
I guess ill go for 720p HD
ANONYMOUS2
3 years ago
Id like the 2K but the size seems huge
Michael M.
4 years ago
Does the 2K have better sound quality in the SFX and does it run on Adobe After Effects?
5 years ago
This news is very exciting for me. Er, Andrew, why cant i purchase the 720P version with Paypal :( ??

Thanks.
Bernie
5 years ago
Dang I was going to get the $499 bundle but it comes with the the 720p version does that mean I have to buy the regular 10+ bundle and then buy Action Essentials2 2K version along with Optical Flares seperately...Grrrr
5 years ago
I have already have problems with 720p render / export. How the hell can I render 1080p xD
Maybe you should deliver a macbook pro with the software ;)
ed
5 years ago
What's the latest news?
JoshS.
6 years ago
when i bought Action movie essentials 1 i never got the ten free sound FX. can anyone lend me those or can i download em somewhere?
TNT
6 years ago
i believe that you should have both 720p and 2k i ussualy use 720 or less but sometimes i really ned high res so if i have both . . .
Rob
6 years ago
Too excited... Thanks Andrew!
Chael
6 years ago
hey andrew cant wait for the product! hehe~
i say that the 720 would be nice but 2k? amazing.
but still. my computer needs a nice upgrade so im not sure if i can buy the 2k. but still, amazing job! thanks for the amazing tutorials!

://ch@el
his1nightmare
6 years ago
I want a camera too which records in 2048x1152 :/.
DVoc
6 years ago
man I was showl asking myself the largest HD resolution or what comes ofter 1080i, well I guess 2k is my only answer as of now...
Athan
6 years ago
I was about to consider the 720p version but I'm really digging the quality. Better be safe than sorry.

By the way, the mobile site is great, I'm using it now and use it every day! Can't wait for AE2!!!

Cheers, from Canada
Noel Mullen
6 years ago
2K all the way...
14k
6 years ago
Andrew, can you tell us what yours daily schedule be like? With your busy schedule, how you find time to produce tutorial and DVD. -Thanks for all the hard work.
6 years ago
Hi, Andrew,
Thank you so much for coming up with such a great stuff for us the Little Guys (Independent Filmmakers), who are trying to compete with the Big Guys (Hollywood).
Money is tight right now every where but as soon as the Action II comes up, I will be getting one to support you as everyone else does, so that you would have the freedom to come up with more great stuff like this in the future on a low and affordable prices for us.
Marlon Cantillano
6 years ago
Andrew, have you give it any thought on my question of wether the 2K resolution includes the external Hard drive or how much more we have to pay to have it shipped to us on a Hard drive? I am very interested in being delivered on a Hard drive so I can work right out of the box. thank you in advance for your assistance.
6 years ago
Is AE2 going to be for download????
Tom
6 years ago
Oh man, you're going to put Detonation Films out of business overnight! This looks absolutely stunning. Such good value for money that I'll almost feel guilty buying it!

Also, the game starts here: from now on I'm going to play "Spot the Action Movie Essentials" every time I watch a low-budget horror or action film ;)
6 years ago
Hi,Do you have some footage,to look how you shoot this things?
Erwan
6 years ago
WOW!! Amazing!!!!
6 years ago
Are real lensflares inluded in this collection? Anamorphic? That would be amazing
Phil
6 years ago
Can't wait! :)
This is one of the strongest asset of videoCopilot: providing nice footage. I've already bought some, and i'll continue to :)

Keep up the amazing stuff Andrew, and congratz for your recent kind of job (star trek, Fringe). To know than you're becoming part of the real scene is very VERY enthusiastic :)
Adam
6 years ago
These effects look stunning! Just one question, though, Andrew... Will these effects look out of place when used with DV footage?

I'm very tempted by this one. AE2 looks really versatile, with an eye-catching price tag to boot!

Keep up the great work, guys! Oh, and have a great vacation, Andrew! You've earned it!
Phazer
6 years ago
Yeah!! This pack is goin to be great!! As always a wicked promo, and good on Aharon Rabinowitz!! He's a stand up guy, but I was just over on his blog and people keep calling him Andrew! Crazy confused folk...
6 years ago
I bet it will be Aharon! I can wait to see what he really has in store for everyone in this product.

By the way, i just want to mention I am using Evolution more that i ever thought i would in my latest Advertisment.

Hope we can see an Evolution 2, when he is back from a vacation.
Codi
6 years ago
hi, I have a question. Did you make a making of of these wonderful product? I find it very interesting to see how are you doing it.

thanks (=
Brad
6 years ago
Wow, that's good to hear Aharon! :) I'll check out your latest tutorial.
6 years ago
I just want to say that I've seen a few clips from Action Essentials 2, and even used one in the demo video for my latest tutorial.

I've spoken to Andrew as he's been working on this, and I can tell you while he's playing it cool, he's slaving over it to make it the best product he's ever offered.

This is going to be a great a product when it's released.
6 years ago
I Think The 720p is best. It seems to be alot Crisper and Cleaner. The 2k looks a little washed out, In my opinoin.
pev
6 years ago
multiabhay
You can easily change frame rate in AE. I think so.
multiabhay
6 years ago
great andrew !
what is the frame rate of these footages?
aviv
6 years ago
hi!

will the final promo be a motion graphics video,
or a short action film with the product's elements composited?

just from intrest :-)
6 years ago
I would love to have the 2k verison but I would way rather spend $100 than $250. 720p isn't that bad though!
pev
6 years ago
suvil
6 years ago
ok. i get it!
hazem
6 years ago
wow ...i luv that its real
suvil
6 years ago
i see aharaon has used one of your files of this product in his new tutorial for a force field. Great!! By the way why was he apologising to you andrew ?
Steve
6 years ago
Hey Andrew, how will render times be affected, 2k vs 720p? And out of curiousity, what would you say is a minimum spec these days to keep up a decently paced workflow?
Aleksander
6 years ago
Right andrew :) you should take a vacation :D But after that we want that sound effect product!! Damn!! you are making us all restless!! :D
6 years ago
My next product after this one is a vacation :)
kris
6 years ago
COOOOLL!! June is too far ahead. I want it now. lol. What is your next product after this? Riot Gear 2?
6 years ago
He has one like it on the Serious FX & Compositing, Ianh Moll.
-David
6 years ago
Hey Andrew, thats great!
Congratulations!

and hey, the people here waiting for you doing one tutorial of that movie jumper, like that "teleport" ..
its not a good idea?

will be great if you do one!
6 years ago
With what camera is all of the slowmotion stuff shot? I mean the Red One can shoot 4K at a maximum of 30f/s, 3K at 60 f/s and 2K 120 f/s. But the thing I saw in the teaser are alot slower aren't they? I mean, an small explosion is done in like miliseconds and even with a frame rate of 120 that's preatty fast. But I can't thing of an other digital camera which record's at higher framerate in 2K!
Adam Sklar
6 years ago
Thank you for this piece of info

I usually have my videos at 1280x720 anyway,
But what would you really recommend?
6 years ago
I will only be able to afford the 720p version...BUT... if I can get a client lined up before this comes out, I will definitely be grabbing the BIG version. It's all about looking ahead, and I KNOW I will need the BIG version later...so if money things fall into place, I will definitely get the BIG version...Thanks for showing the comparison Andrew. That helped explain major differences.
JmS
6 years ago
With awesome tuts, great looking products, and much appreciated pre-sets, this site helped me survive my first Digital Design Motion Class. I swear I will buy some or all of your products as soon as I have some money. Oh, and thanks for all the general life advice, it's been very helpful. I'm getting married soon and my fiance suggested pre-wedding counseling. I laughed in her face and said "Andrew Kramer never mentioned counseling in any of his videos so nooo way." I just love her so much.

Thanks Again, Best of luck in the future
Dean
6 years ago
Wow this is like trying to choose between a large pizza, and an extra large pizza. Do I feel hungry, or do I feel extra hungry, and will that hunger be satisfied by the sheer amount of toppings opposed to the sheer size of the pie?
6 years ago
well its pretty cool but what about the tuts inside u know lil bit hilp from u will be nice
zack
6 years ago
hey andrew i like the Star Trek styled lense flare very snazy
6 years ago
I can imagine this won't be available download (the 2k version at least) as the file size will be uber huge. How long does it take to arrive from you guys to say manchester england?
ModelWorx
6 years ago
Getting the 2k version gives me an excuse to upgrade my machine.... gimmie gimmie gimmie!
becky07
6 years ago
720p is good enuf to f****** go nuts !!! Would like see Andrew coming out with something crazy stuff probably like terminator salvation shots.
Wiam
6 years ago
Thanks a lot for this awesome product , I'll go for 720p they fill my desires , and a little question:
Do you use any Afterburn or FumeFX in creating these elements?
6 years ago
Can you include the project files from the "Disintegration" tutorial with the Action Essentials 2?

Good idea huh? You should hire me! =) Also we talked on the phone once about the tracking with NULLs... I "believe" I gave you THAT IDEA over the phone as we discussed it for the first time... I then sent you some footage.. you said... yeah that might work.... later we have a tutorial on it. Guess it did work! Yay!

Anyway, would still love the project files for the "Disintegration" tutorial. =)

-Mr. Ed
Aleksander
6 years ago
Nice :D sounds great, i'm looking forward for that.
Bahaa
6 years ago
Hi,
Can we see some of the elements on like a red background or so ?
Thanks
6 years ago
Aleksander, I'll be doing some demonstration tutorials in the near future and just keep an eye on them. I will try to show you some various workflows and how you might be able to use the product.
Aleksander
6 years ago
looks nice!

but i am so confused. my movies are in 1920x1080, but it's hard for my PC to run thoose files. I really want the 2k, but also i convert my videos to 1280x720.

my PC got an Intel(R)Core(TM)2CPU 1,80 GHz processor, 2 gb RAM, and a 32-bit system...

what is your advice to me?
6 years ago
I want some zipped footages for speed work and big projects,
Awesome..But I know very big size for 2k (v.)
Sonu
6 years ago
would the 2K movies work on my Macbook Pro from last year?Whats the hardware requirement for the 2K?
6 years ago
You should do it like detonationfilms.
I think users (as me) really would appreciate the possibility to get themselfs the 720p-version and get the 2k-versions of explosions or whatever seperatly when we see need in them. Of course I'm a High-res-lover, but I don't see the point in having EVERYTHING in 2k.

Are there any plans to have a online shop for buying some footage seperatly?
Dayill
6 years ago
Will the 2k version run on my 486 SX33? Or do I need to upgrade to the DX66 with the math co-processor?
zgnoud
6 years ago
Looking sweet :D, Hey Andrew hav you made up your mind about the delivery process yet? External Harddrive?, SD cards? Multiple DVD? or just direct download?
6 years ago
I'd be interested to know which versions sells more copies...
6 years ago
I may have to get the 2k version...

Depends if I can spend that much but I'm for sure gonna get one version!
-David
Prodat TV
6 years ago
could you tell us some advice as to the hardware it takes to 2k?
Mac or PC
Graphics Card
ram etc
Thank you
6 years ago
Looks Great !
I hope you got some recordings of those gas flames to go with the film let me know when It's complete.
Marlon Cantillano
6 years ago
Andrew I have a question about the 2K version. In the past blogs you mention about the 2K files could be delivered on a Harddrive. Does the 2k Film Resolution [2048 x 1152 ] $249.95 (beyond 1080p) for that price includes the HD or do we need to pay any extra to get it on a external HD? Your answer will be greatly appreciated.
Jason
6 years ago
AMAZING! CANT WAIT. 2k is what goin for. How many gb's is 2k version?
6 years ago
great !
dashzed
6 years ago
I love that you put water on it, that will be sooooo useful

I think you guys are definitely the first to sell water stock footage.

I will probably get the 720p version, since I can't afford 2k. Can't wait man, should be pretty epic like all your products.
6 years ago
Wind means atmosphere effects and fog.
pat k.
6 years ago
I CANT WAITE ANYMORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Saxon
6 years ago
lol jog...

This looks great Andrew, looking forward to it!
Ps: just seen star trek! Great film and Great title work ;)
6 years ago
This product seems beyond awesome!
Thank you Andrew for developing this elaborate life-saver!! (well at least time and money saver...)

I'll be getting the 2k version. No doubt about that.

Just really curious about the delivery codec for workflow planning purposes...

It obviously can't be one of the standard HD codecs as those are limited to 1080 resolution. Then what is it going to be? DPX? Cineform?
Is the codec question decided yet?
Daniel
6 years ago
job...
Daniel
6 years ago
That'll be the better VC DVD ever made!! God jog Video Copilot crew!
MightyDWC
6 years ago
I can't stop watching the trailer.........help..........

Great stuff Andrew. Thanks
Daniel
6 years ago
Hey... I noticed that the teaser said that will have "Earth, Wind, Fire, Water". What do you mean with wind? Just air or... I don't know...
dan allen
6 years ago
and i thought the first action movie essentials was goood!

cant wait

Dan
6 years ago
Man that what i call Love ...
The 2k version is great

im going th 2k version.

HD ....... it's my way
Daniel
6 years ago
I'LL work with 1080p projects, so I think 720p will be good. And YES, i wanna se the teaser again!
vfx artist
6 years ago
Andrew!!cos of this product so many people ll not get jobs into dynamcics or related to tat!! anyways awesome work ., [:(]
jemyloft
6 years ago
hi mr.Kramer. Sincerly i prefer 2k because have more option resolution for job... and i am sure , i buy 2k version.

P.S. I have a little curiosity: When you host host a new tutorial? :) i hope in 3ds + AE tuts.

Greetings from Australia
6 years ago
very clarifying...
Martin
6 years ago
Cool, thanks for clearing that up. :)
6 years ago
Hi Andrew,
Repeating my question from the other blog:
What codec are you intending to deliver these products at? (since it was shot mostly on RED, and I assume you're not delivering the .r3d files (even though it would have been nice...) what is the delivery codec?
Have you considered Cineform? (While the encoding software isn't free, the decoding is free and works cross-platform). Any thoughts?
6 years ago
Watch the teaser again? Of course! 2K for me please.
Jason
6 years ago
yes andrew made tutorials for AE2,he said so somewhere else
Jason
6 years ago
thanks im gonna buy the 720p cuz im short on money ,and i think that is a goog idea that you can make a chart of like how many explosions and how many blood effects"i herd there was tones,just tones" we would appreceate that very much GOOD WORK! by the way just woundering at all the stuff you do usaly how many hours of sleep do you get each night
Eric
6 years ago
I have still an other question.
Did you great some tutorials for the Action Essentials 2?

greets Eric
Dan
6 years ago
wow, disregard my question..might have helped if I actually watched your video.
Dan
6 years ago
(In the case that I would need the element to take up the whole frame :P)
Dan
6 years ago
Definitely in a bit of a crunch right now, so I'm probably going to have to go with 720p, but I'm going to be using them on 1080p HDV projects. Does the 720p scale up well at all?
David Wood
6 years ago
BTW, you should make all the tutorials full-screenable ;). It's awesome!
Jason
6 years ago
hey i am short on brains and money so im going to get the 720p,thank you soooo much for your great work we appreceate it very much.
RemingtonM
6 years ago
Thank for clearing some things up!
6 years ago
Just wondering HOW MUCH GB'S IS THE 2K VERSION GOING TO BE?
Eric
6 years ago
Thanks for the comparison between the 2k and 720p Version!!!!
Could you create a little list of the effect???
So that we can see what is on the dvd.
For example 20. Explosion, 40. Blood or something like that.

up to this point you did a great job Andrew.
Keep it up!
Malik Adeel
6 years ago
greaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaatttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt
David Wood
6 years ago
Neat chart, thanks! :)
6 years ago
I will go for the 720p version. That is the best I need. This looks amazing.

How many gb's will this be?

Thanks
electrikFrenzy
6 years ago
Thanks for further clarification! A smart shopper is a happy one.
bruno!
6 years ago
everything that you do is ok!
you're a god..
kisses from Mendoza, Argentina..
brih!
Ante
6 years ago
All of them are good
6 years ago
NICE but im still getting the 2K version! no matter what the cost is!!! lol. keep up the good work.
Eric S
6 years ago
Well that answered my question from the previous blog post perfectly. Thank you!
6 years ago
You're right, I did want to watch the teaser again.. Thanks..
Brad
6 years ago
That's pretty cool. But I think I'll go for the 720p version. I'm only going to be working with HDV 1080 in the near future.
Thanks for all the work you've put into this!
Nemesis TS
6 years ago
Should be another great product to add to my VCP Collection.
DDVP
6 years ago
I prefer the 2K!
sdsinfo
6 years ago
thanks but i think 2k is more reality
6 years ago
You're going to be happy with either version, they are both amazing!
    Kezzo Jet Pacanuayan
    2 years ago
    720 is also HD right? can be use for the film fest?
Anthony Miller
6 years ago
I like the idea of scaling down versus wishing I had the higher rez file.

Gimme the 2k version.
6 years ago
Excelent. I want that product!!!
Fokkzel
6 years ago
i say 720p is high enough for my projects
John
6 years ago
I love that you offer both options for peole! It really shows you guys know what you're doing.
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