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Sony Professional Solutions Europe (PSE) has partnered with BT Sport to help the broadcaster deliver a 4K HDR end-to-end production of the UEFA Champions League Final to provide viewers with a first-class viewing experience. Sony will support a full end-to-end HDR live production of the highly-anticipated match taking place at The National Stadium of Wales in Cardiff.
Sony’s HDC-4300 and HDC-4800 System cameras will be used to capture all of the action in 4K HDR, while three HDC-P43 cameras will be used on the Railcam and Spidercam models deployed for the all-important slow-motion replay of unmissable action highlights.
Using the PWS-4500 live server system, the high-quality recording and replay capabilities will clip compilations for High Frame Rate and Ultra High Frame Rate content through the Shareplay 10Gb Network. Master monitoring of UHD HDR contents and grading will be completed on Sony’s BVM-X300 and PVM-X550 monitors. The real time conversion of both HDR and non-HDR native sources will be done by the HDRC-4000 convertor, which will also deliver the HDR programme format in PQ & HLG, converted from the production format S-log3.
As with all UEFA Champions League matches, the final will also be supported by Sony’s Hawk-Eye goal-line technology for the match, providing real-time officiating assistance to the referee, as well as graphical broadcast replays of close decisions.
Norbert Paquet, Sony Professional Solutions Europe, commented: “We are thrilled to be working alongside BT Sport and Sky Deutschland to deliver the next frontier in live broadcasting and sports entertainment. Sony is passionate about helping broadcasters capture the content their audiences want, using the latest technology, and by working in collaboration, we are able to do just that.”
Jamie Hindhaugh, chief operating officer, BT Sport, added: “Innovation and collaboration with our technology partners is core to the way BT Sport works. This provides the scope for us to expand technology for the benefit of fans. Our editorial aspiration since we launched is to be at ‘The Heart of Sport’, bringing our audiences closer to the action.”
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