Titanic New 8k Video Footage Shows Details That's Never Been Seen Before
The wreck of the RMS Titanic has never been seen like this before: in the Titanic new 8k video footage, which is the highest screen resolution we have right now. That's 8,000 pixels across, which makes it twice as clear as a 4K TV. This means that this new look at the shipwreck from 110 years ago has more color and detail than ever before.
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The wreck of the RMS Titanic has never been seen like this before: in the titanic new 8k video footage, which is the highest screen resolution we have right now.
That's 8,000 pixels across, which makes it twice as clear as a 4K TV. This means that this new look at the shipwreck from 110 years ago has more color and detail than ever before.
OceanGate Expeditions took the video in 2022 when it went to the site, which is 2.4 miles below the surface of the North Atlantic and about 400 nautical miles from Canada's Newfoundland.
OceanGate organizes trips to the Titanic wreck with crews of submersible dive experts, Titanic historians, and research scientists, as well as "civilian mission specialists" who pay $250,000 to be one of the few people to have seen the legendary ship's final resting place for themselves.
In a press release, Stockton Rush, president of OceanGate Expeditions, said,"the amazing detail in the 8k footage will help our team of scientists and maritime archaeologists characterize the decay of the Titanic more precisely as we capture new footage in 2023 and beyond. Capturing this 8K footage will allow us to zoom in and still have 4K quality which is key for large screen and immersive video projects. Even more remarkable are the phenomenal colors in this footage."
According to a press release, the first-of-its-kind video shows the famous bow of the Titanic, the portside anchor, hull number one, an enormous anchor chain (each link weighs about 200 pounds or nearly 91 kilograms), the number one cargo hold, and solid bronze capstans. The video also shows "dramatic" signs of deterioration, like where some of the Titanic's rails broke and fell off the ship.
Rory Golden, an expert on the Titanic for OceanGate Expeditions and a veteran diver who was on the submersible, said he had never seen the name Noah Hingley & Sons Ltd. on the portside anchor.
I’ve been studying the wreck for decades and have completed multiple dives, and I can't recall seeing any other image showing this level of detail. It is exciting that, after so many years, we may have discovered a new detail that wasn’t as obvious with previous generations of camera technologies.
When you look at the anchor on the port side, you can see green lights coming from the laser scaling system. PH Nargeolet, a veteran pilot of the Nautile submersible and a diver on the Titanic, said,
This system allows us to accurately determine the size of objects we are looking at on camera and through the main viewport of the Titan submersible. The distance between the two green lights is 10 centimeters.
Golden says that one of the "most amazing clips" shows one of the boilers that fell to the bottom of the ocean when the Titanic broke in two. "Notably, it was one of the single-ended boilers that were first spotted when the wreck of the Titanic was identified back in 1985," he said.
Paul F. Johnston, curator of maritime history at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, told the New York Times that OceanGate trips were "people paying a lot to be ballast."
I don’t object to this kind of commercial exploitation because they’re not touching or damaging the wreck. And it brings attention to the underwater world and shipwrecks in general, but in my opinion, there’s not that much to be learned from Titanic that we don’t already know.
Don Lynch, the official historian for the Titanic Historical Society, told the New York Times that even though he didn't want the Titanic artifacts to be brought up, he was impressed with the quality of the new OceanGate footage.
The more they photograph, then probably there will be things we discover that we didn’t see before or something like that. But I can’t say there was anything that was a real discovery now. It’s just amazing to see with such clarity.
Another bummer is that most people who watch the video on YouTube won't be able to see the fine details of the footage because it is in 8K resolution, which is much higher than the resolution of most TVs and computers.
OceanGate's president, Rush, said that the high quality of the footage could help experts and researchers get a closer look at the site without having to go underwater. He also said that the OceanGate trips were like going to space.
He told the New York Times, "For those who think it’s expensive, it’s a fraction of the cost of going to space, and it’s very expensive for us to get these ships and go out there."
In the meantime, the science team will look at the 8k, 4k, and other footage from the 2022 Titanic Expedition to see if there are any new changes.