Proms concert takes leap of faith into 3D world

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Last Night of the Proms, long known for its sense of tradition, is to take a high-tech leap – by broad­cast­ing in 3D for the first time. The concert, the cli­max to the clas­si­cal concert se­ries, will air on the BBC HD chan­nel in the UK. It has been added to sev­eral ma­jor events that are be­ing cov­ered in 3D as part of a two-year ex­per­i­ment by the cor­po­ra­tion. Eight spe­cial­ist cam­eras will be po­si­tioned in the Royal Al­bert Hall in Lon­don for the concert, which the BBC says will give ‘‘au­di­ences at home the best seats in the house and pro­vide an im­mer­sive ex­pe­ri­ence’’. They in­clude a spot in front of the con­duc­tor, while a re­mote cam­era which can ro­tate 180 de­grees will be po­si­tioned in the or­ches­tra it­self dur­ing the concert on Septem­ber 8. Last year’s BBC1 se­ries Planet Di­nosaur is also to be screened in 3D for the first time in Au­gust af­ter teams of spe­cial­ists hand crafted the footage for the new for­mat. The BBC aired the Wim­ble­don ladies’ and men’s sin­gles fi­nals in 3D. Se­lected Olympics events – in­clud­ing the open­ing and clos­ing cer­e­monies and the men’s 100m fi­nal – will also be screened in the for­mat. Kim Shillinglaw, head of BBC 3D, says: ‘‘Bring­ing Planet Di­nosaur and The Last Night of the Proms to au­di­ences en­able us to test the tech­nol­ogy across var­i­ous gen­res and es­tab­lish where 3D re­ally en­hances the view­ers’ ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

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