Be­hind Sony’s 4K World Cup Broad­cast

HWM (Singapore) - - Feature -

Sony shared their plans for cap­tur­ing this year’s World Cup with us for this story, and the num­bers are hon­estly stag­ger­ing. Sony ex­pects to cap­ture more than 2,500 hours of con­tent us­ing twelve CineAlta 4K live PMW-F55 cam­eras and more than 288 HD cam­eras. 4K LCD mon­i­tors will be needed to re­view and edit the footage in real-time, while 4K multi-port AV stor­age units and 4K multi-for­mat switch­ers will be needed to han­dle the feed.

Each match will in­volve 53 of the Sony team em­bed­ded within the host broad­cast fa­cil­ity, from the di­rec­tor through to CCU oper­a­tors to au­dio oper­a­tors. This in­cludes 22-people in the slow-mo­tion unit and five oper­a­tors for In­fo­tain­ment. There are also an additional 30 people who are the ac­tual cam­era oper­a­tors, in­clud­ing one aboard a he­li­copter and two us­ing re­mote con­trol from within the OB fa­cil­ity.

And this is just for HD. When a match is also shot in 4K, an additional fifty people join the pro­duc­tion work­ing within their own 4k pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties. By way of com­par­i­son, NASA’s mis­sion con­trol had just 50 people per shift for a Shut­tle launch!

Sony says that shoot­ing in 4K and us­ing their PWA-4KS 4K stitch­ing soft­ware al­lows them to get a 8K x 2K wide view of the en­tire field of cov­er­age, so they can ex­tract up to two HD views of any area on the com­posed view for use with­out hav­ing to shift cam­eras, which might cause them to miss some of the ac­tion. While they were un­able to com­ment on the ex­act set-up at the point of writ­ing, Sony ex­pects it to be sim­i­lar to what they used to cover last year’s FIFA Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup.

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