8-bit vs. 16-bit Image Processing (w/~2 min. video from Canon)

As most know, when working on video we’re typically limited to 8-bit precision, as we’re outputting an 8-bits per channel video file compatible with most common players & platforms.  While 10-bit & 12-bit video formats exist, they’re largely used for high-end post production due to the enormous file sizes and additional overhead.

Bottom line, if you’re outputting an 8-bit per channel video file you’re limited to 8-bit per channel precision, no matter what your tool may do in between.

ClearID® 16-bit Workflow

ClearID® has always leveraged a 16-bit workflow for this reason when working with images If you import using our F6 shortcut, you’re source is converted to 16-bit mode on import in order to provide a higher level of precision when applying interpolation, filters & gradients…all the way through the workflow.

If you just open an 8-bit document in Photoshop then apply a ClearID® filter, we convert to 16-bit mode.  When you go to output via Tab 7, you’re provided with TIF & PNG 16-bit options for this very purpose; maintaining the level of precision all the way through the workflow.

Learn more about the ClearID® Workflow with our LIVE online introductory training!  Click here.

Learn more about 8-bit vs. 16-bit in this brief video from Canon:

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