Sony Professional Webinar – Turning a 3D Vision into OB Reality

Peter Angell, Mark Grinyer and Duncan Humphreys will answer your questions on 3D live production

Live 3D Outside Broadcast is, undoubtedly, a challenge – and ensuring crystal-clear quality, is of paramount importance. This was the challenge faced by the team producing the FIFA World Cup and the Ryder Cup last year and Wimbledon in 3D earlier this year.

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On 30th September, that team, Mark Grinyer, Sony’s Head of Business Development 3D & Sports, Duncan Humphreys from Can Communicate, and Peter Angell from HBS, will be sharing live their experiences and knowledge on the processes needed to turn a 3D vision into reality and deliver quality output. Throughout the session you will be able to quiz them live and have your questions answered by the experts.

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The Sony MVS-8000 production switcher in the AMP Car8 and in the Telegenic T16 were upgraded with a 3D software package and in the monitor wall 24- and 42-inch LMD series 3D displays were installed. PVM 23-inch monitors were utilized to view camera setup and stereo channel balance. A convergence area was implemented where eight MPE-200 multi-image processors with MPES-3D01 stereo image processing software help the convergence engineers to maintain camera alignment and to control the rigs. Each box takes in two video streams along with lens metadata from camera left and right outputs and provides electronic picture correction. It can correct horizontal and vertical image shift, toe-in correction, tilt and rotation, zoom synchronization, color misalignment and any inversions caused by the use of mirror rigs.

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The Ryder Cup 2010 was remarkable not only for being the wettest golfing event in many a year and arguably the closest in the tournament’s history, but also for being the biggest ever live 3D production broadcast. Following hot on the heels of the FIFA World Cup in June, this was the second major international sporting event covered in 3D. Celtic Manor is the largest venue that’s thus far been used for 3D broadcast, requiring cabling to cover around 32km of course and needing a substantial number of fixed and moveable rigs to cover the huge amounts of ground. To aid the 3D production set up – a unique collaboration between Sky, Telegenic and Sony – additional technology has had to be developed specifically for this event.

The All England Lawn Tennis Club’s (AELTC) 125th Wimbledon Championships were the first to feature 3D coverage. The project was the result of the AELTC’s three year partnership with Sony, a partnership that continues the history of both companies at the forefront of broadcast innovation. Four matches were covered this year. The Men’s Singles Semi-Finals, The Women’s Final, and the Men’s Final. All matches took place on Centre Court. On behalf of AELTC, Sony produced the 3D coverage of the 125th Wimbledon Championships. Whilst Sony has taken the role of producer it has contracted Can Communicate as the production company responsible for the project and Can Communicate have contracted NEP Visions as the facilities provider. The operational production team will be created using staff from Sony, Can Communicate and NEP Visions. For both Sony and AELTC the quality of the 3D output was a critical factor for success because the project needed to provide a World class 3D experience, both in terms of 3D but also in terms of production. To ensure this is achieved Sony has enlisted the support of Peter Angell from HBS (Host Broadcast Services for the FIFA World Cups) to act as executive producer.

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