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 RESPONSES TO "2K VS 720P?"
May 13th, 2009 @ 1:02 pm
I love that you offer both options for peole! It really shows you guys know what you're doing.
May 13th, 2009 @ 1:02 pm
i say 720p is high enough for my projects
May 13th, 2009 @ 1:03 pm
Excelent. I want that product!!!
Anthony Miller
May 13th, 2009 @ 1:05 pm
I like the idea of scaling down versus wishing I had the higher rez file.

Gimme the 2k version.
May 13th, 2009 @ 1:06 pm
You're going to be happy with either version, they are both amazing!
    Kezzo Jet Pacanuayan
    September 5th, 2012 @ 12:53 am
    720 is also HD right? can be use for the film fest?
May 13th, 2009 @ 1:06 pm
thanks but i think 2k is more reality
May 13th, 2009 @ 1:07 pm
I prefer the 2K!
Nemesis TS
May 13th, 2009 @ 1:16 pm
Should be another great product to add to my VCP Collection.
May 13th, 2009 @ 1:17 pm
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!
May 13th, 2009 @ 1:23 pm
You're right, I did want to watch the teaser again.. Thanks..
Eric S
May 13th, 2009 @ 1:27 pm
Well that answered my question from the previous blog post perfectly. Thank you!
May 13th, 2009 @ 1:28 pm
NICE but im still getting the 2K version! no matter what the cost is!!! lol. keep up the good work.
May 13th, 2009 @ 1:28 pm
All of them are good
May 13th, 2009 @ 1:30 pm
everything that you do is ok!
you're a god..
kisses from Mendoza, Argentina..
May 13th, 2009 @ 1:30 pm
Thanks for further clarification! A smart shopper is a happy one.
May 13th, 2009 @ 1:33 pm
I will go for the 720p version. That is the best I need. This looks amazing.

How many gb's will this be?

David Wood
May 13th, 2009 @ 1:34 pm
Neat chart, thanks! :)
Malik Adeel
May 13th, 2009 @ 1:34 pm
May 13th, 2009 @ 1:36 pm
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!
May 13th, 2009 @ 1:37 pm
May 13th, 2009 @ 1:37 pm
Thank for clearing some things up!
May 13th, 2009 @ 1:41 pm
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.
David Wood
May 13th, 2009 @ 1:42 pm
BTW, you should make all the tutorials full-screenable ;). It's awesome!
May 13th, 2009 @ 1:52 pm
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?
May 13th, 2009 @ 1:54 pm
(In the case that I would need the element to take up the whole frame :P)
May 13th, 2009 @ 1:59 pm
wow, disregard my question..might have helped if I actually watched your video.
May 13th, 2009 @ 2:01 pm
I have still an other question.
Did you great some tutorials for the Action Essentials 2?

greets Eric
May 13th, 2009 @ 2:10 pm
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
May 13th, 2009 @ 2:15 pm
yes andrew made tutorials for AE2,he said so somewhere else
May 13th, 2009 @ 2:17 pm
Watch the teaser again? Of course! 2K for me please.
May 13th, 2009 @ 2:19 pm
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?
May 13th, 2009 @ 2:26 pm
Cool, thanks for clearing that up. :)
May 13th, 2009 @ 2:31 pm
very clarifying...
May 13th, 2009 @ 3:08 pm
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
vfx artist
May 13th, 2009 @ 3:36 pm
Andrew!!cos of this product so many people ll not get jobs into dynamcics or related to tat!! anyways awesome work ., [:(]
May 13th, 2009 @ 3:47 pm
I'LL work with 1080p projects, so I think 720p will be good. And YES, i wanna se the teaser again!
May 13th, 2009 @ 4:06 pm
Man that what i call Love ...
The 2k version is great

im going th 2k version.

HD ....... it's my way
dan allen
May 13th, 2009 @ 4:07 pm
and i thought the first action movie essentials was goood!

cant wait

May 13th, 2009 @ 4:24 pm
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...
May 13th, 2009 @ 4:30 pm
I can't stop watching the trailer.........help..........

Great stuff Andrew. Thanks
May 13th, 2009 @ 4:37 pm
That'll be the better VC DVD ever made!! God jog Video Copilot crew!
May 13th, 2009 @ 4:37 pm
May 13th, 2009 @ 4:54 pm
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?
May 13th, 2009 @ 4:55 pm
lol jog...

This looks great Andrew, looking forward to it!
Ps: just seen star trek! Great film and Great title work ;)
pat k.
May 13th, 2009 @ 5:13 pm
I CANT WAITE ANYMORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 13th, 2009 @ 4:34 pm
Wind means atmosphere effects and fog.
May 13th, 2009 @ 5:43 pm
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.
May 13th, 2009 @ 7:22 pm
great !
May 13th, 2009 @ 6:30 pm
AMAZING! CANT WAIT. 2k is what goin for. How many gb's is 2k version?
Marlon Cantillano
May 13th, 2009 @ 7:35 pm
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.
May 13th, 2009 @ 7:48 pm
Looks Great !
I hope you got some recordings of those gas flames to go with the film let me know when It's complete.
Prodat TV
May 13th, 2009 @ 8:17 pm
could you tell us some advice as to the hardware it takes to 2k?
Mac or PC
Graphics Card
ram etc
Thank you
May 13th, 2009 @ 8:23 pm
I may have to get the 2k version...

Depends if I can spend that much but I'm for sure gonna get one version!
May 13th, 2009 @ 8:38 pm
I'd be interested to know which versions sells more copies...
May 13th, 2009 @ 8:55 pm
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?
May 13th, 2009 @ 9:26 pm
Will the 2k version run on my 486 SX33? Or do I need to upgrade to the DX66 with the math co-processor?
May 13th, 2009 @ 9:46 pm
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?
May 13th, 2009 @ 11:40 pm
would the 2K movies work on my Macbook Pro from last year?Whats the hardware requirement for the 2K?
May 14th, 2009 @ 1:04 am
I want some zipped footages for speed work and big projects,
Awesome..But I know very big size for 2k (v.)
May 14th, 2009 @ 1:21 am
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?
May 14th, 2009 @ 1:29 am
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.
May 14th, 2009 @ 1:39 am
Can we see some of the elements on like a red background or so ?
May 14th, 2009 @ 1:50 am
Nice :D sounds great, i'm looking forward for that.
May 14th, 2009 @ 1:59 am
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
May 14th, 2009 @ 2:13 am
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?
May 14th, 2009 @ 2:24 am
720p is good enuf to f****** go nuts !!! Would like see Andrew coming out with something crazy stuff probably like terminator salvation shots.
May 14th, 2009 @ 3:18 am
Getting the 2k version gives me an excuse to upgrade my machine.... gimmie gimmie gimmie!
May 14th, 2009 @ 4:35 am
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?
May 14th, 2009 @ 7:07 am
hey andrew i like the Star Trek styled lense flare very snazy
May 14th, 2009 @ 7:10 am
well its pretty cool but what about the tuts inside u know lil bit hilp from u will be nice
May 14th, 2009 @ 7:15 am
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?
May 14th, 2009 @ 7:28 am
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
May 14th, 2009 @ 8:26 am
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.
Adam Sklar
May 14th, 2009 @ 8:54 am
Thank you for this piece of info

I usually have my videos at 1280x720 anyway,
But what would you really recommend?
May 14th, 2009 @ 9:03 am
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!
May 14th, 2009 @ 9:21 am
Hey Andrew, thats great!

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!
May 14th, 2009 @ 10:14 am
He has one like it on the Serious FX & Compositing, Ianh Moll.
May 14th, 2009 @ 10:16 am
COOOOLL!! June is too far ahead. I want it now. lol. What is your next product after this? Riot Gear 2?
May 14th, 2009 @ 10:19 am
My next product after this one is a vacation :)
May 14th, 2009 @ 10:25 am
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
May 14th, 2009 @ 11:00 am
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?
May 14th, 2009 @ 12:48 pm
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 ?
May 14th, 2009 @ 12:50 pm
wow ...i luv that its real
May 14th, 2009 @ 12:51 pm
ok. i get it!
May 14th, 2009 @ 1:01 pm
May 14th, 2009 @ 1:18 pm
I would love to have the 2k verison but I would way rather spend $100 than $250. 720p isn't that bad though!
May 14th, 2009 @ 1:48 pm

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

just from intrest :-)
May 14th, 2009 @ 1:56 pm
great andrew !
what is the frame rate of these footages?
May 14th, 2009 @ 2:21 pm
You can easily change frame rate in AE. I think so.
May 14th, 2009 @ 2:26 pm
I Think The 720p is best. It seems to be alot Crisper and Cleaner. The 2k looks a little washed out, In my opinoin.
May 14th, 2009 @ 7:35 pm
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.
May 14th, 2009 @ 8:16 pm
Wow, that's good to hear Aharon! :) I'll check out your latest tutorial.
May 15th, 2009 @ 7:47 am
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 (=
May 15th, 2009 @ 8:13 am
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.
May 15th, 2009 @ 8:26 am
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...
May 15th, 2009 @ 8:44 pm
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!
May 16th, 2009 @ 2:42 am
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 :)
May 16th, 2009 @ 3:44 am
Are real lensflares inluded in this collection? Anamorphic? That would be amazing
May 16th, 2009 @ 3:49 am
WOW!! Amazing!!!!
May 16th, 2009 @ 3:55 am
Hi,Do you have some footage,to look how you shoot this things?
May 16th, 2009 @ 8:04 am
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 ;)
May 16th, 2009 @ 2:30 pm
Is AE2 going to be for download????
Marlon Cantillano
May 16th, 2009 @ 3:14 pm
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.
May 16th, 2009 @ 5:35 pm
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.
May 16th, 2009 @ 7:20 pm
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.
Noel Mullen
May 17th, 2009 @ 7:06 am
2K all the way...
May 17th, 2009 @ 2:16 pm
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
May 19th, 2009 @ 4:36 pm
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...
May 19th, 2009 @ 4:50 pm
I want a camera too which records in 2048x1152 :/.
May 19th, 2009 @ 11:55 pm
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!

May 21st, 2009 @ 5:20 pm
Too excited... Thanks Andrew!
May 26th, 2009 @ 2:55 pm
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 . . .
May 26th, 2009 @ 5:38 pm
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?
June 7th, 2009 @ 10:07 am
What's the latest news?
June 14th, 2009 @ 3:33 am
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 ;)
January 26th, 2010 @ 5:33 pm
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
March 30th, 2010 @ 4:34 am
This news is very exciting for me. Er, Andrew, why cant i purchase the 720P version with Paypal :( ??

Michael M.
April 21st, 2011 @ 10:09 pm
Does the 2K have better sound quality in the SFX and does it run on Adobe After Effects?
August 30th, 2011 @ 11:02 pm
Id like the 2K but the size seems huge
August 31st, 2013 @ 12:29 pm
I guess ill go for 720p HD
September 8th, 2013 @ 9:38 am
The real question is the 720 version soon going to obsolete with all of these 4K cameras and TV's rolling out.
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