Secret Falls is a 4K waterfall screensaver video with a shallow depth of field. This explains why the sides are out of focus, yet the center of the frame, the waterfall itself, is very sharply in focus. The idea was to literally create a “secret waterfall” by altering the aperture setting on our camera. The out of focus edges are like a natural curtain, exposing the secret waterfall within.
Like the sound at many waterfalls, the audio is similar to “white noise”. This can be a good thing or a bad thing. White noise is used by many people to improve productivity. Others find it helpful for sleep or to block out other sounds. Others reportedly use it as a meditation aid, according to Google. You can listen to the promo clip above, but you always have the choice to turn the volume down and play music over it. Our Windows screensavers now do not have sound.
The UHD video is designed to be used on Ultra HD TV and computer screens as a 4K waterfall screensaver. It is not automatic, like the UHD and Full HD computer screensavers. You will need to play the video and select “repeat”, so that it loops continuously. If your TV does not support MP4 playback, you may require an external device such as the Apple TV or Chromecast. Visit this page if you need to download a sample clip to test your system.
If you have not upgraded your TV yet, like most of us, you can choose the Full HD version. This is great quality because the Ultra HD recording has been down-scaled to Full HD, which means we squeezed 4 times the resolution into the Full HD file. Select 1080p HD to view the promo clip above in Full HD, or 2160 4K if you have a UHD screen.
The screensavers come in two options. You can choose to download a Mac version for your Macbook, Macbook Air or iMac, or a Windows versions for most other laptops and PCs. Plus you can choose your resolution. If you own both operating systems you can download both. You get long term access to these files, so don’t worry about downloading “just in case” you switch to the other operating system in future.