Newsletter from 01/02/2011
One Bundesliga Match in 3D on Every Match Day
The next matches on the 3D agenda are Eintracht Frankfurt – Borussia Mönchengladbach on 30th January, Hamburger SV – FC St. Pauli on 6th February and Werder Bremen – Hannover 96 on 13th February. The 3D matches will be transmitted in the “Side-by-Side” format where the two images for the left and the right eye are housed in one frame. This has the advantage that the signal can be received with conventional HD set-top boxes. The matches are delivered to the subscribers of Sky Germany (satellite and cable) and to T-Entertain’s IPTV platform subscribers of Liga Total.
A Global View on 3D Broadcasters
Quantel has started to list 3D content that has been broadcasted during the last 12 months together with an overview of 3D channels that are now on air or scheduled to go live soon. It's a starting point and there’s every chance we’ve missed a few. If so, please let us know and we will keep this list up to date.
This first overview on 3D Broadcasters covers:
EUROPE > UK > France > Germany > Italy > Spain > The Netherlands > Switzerland > Portugal > Czech Republic > Poland > Belgium > Russia > Estonia
NORTH AMERICA > USA > Canada
MIDDLE EAST > UAE
ASIA PACIFIC > Japan > South Korea > Australia
BVE 2011 Welcomes the 3D Revolution
Those who wish to immerse themselves in all aspects of stereoscopic 3D - and those who are still to be convinced that 3D is here to stay - should make a beeline for the 3D Revolution sessions at BVE 2011, held at Earls Court 2, London from 15-17 February 2011. Sponsored by major industry players including Avid, Panasonic, Tektronix, On Sight and SGO Mistika, the daily seminar topics range from the ‘big picture’ to the practical to help visitors make sense of this complex technology. Some of the most well-known proponents of 3D, including Steve Schklair of 3Ality Digital and Phil Streather of Principal Large Format, will give keynote speeches presenting their expert opinions about the format.
Representatives from companies that are making active strides into stereoscopic 3D, including Sky Sports, Telegenic and Vision3D Compendium, will discuss how to approach the format for different applications such as broadcast television, commercials and live sport.
Berlin Film Festival Marks Worldwide Premiere of 3D Film The Mortician
Element Technica announces that “The Mortician”, the first American feature to use their Technica 3D rigs will make its worldwide premiere at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival on February 12, 2011. Shot on location in New Orleans, Louisiana, by cinematographer Michael McDonough, the psychological thriller, written and directed by Gareth Maxwell Rogers starring Method Man, showcases the capabilities of Element Technica’s Quasar rig. The rig used for “The Mortician” was one of the first Technica 3D Quasar rigs manufactured by Element Technica, and was supplied to the production by equipment rental company OFFHollywood. “I’d heard of this new rig from Element Technica,” said McDonough, no stranger to indie and low-budget production. He knew the importance of a 3D rig being able to hold the stereoscopic camera pair in rock-solid alignment. “An important consideration in 3D is to avoid torquing of the camera bodies once the rig is set up, as this will throw out all of your careful lens alignment. I found Element Technica’s rig to be quite rugged.”
Visions to Provide OB Services to IGBS for Asian Winter Games 2011
International Games Broadcast Services (IGBS), the host broadcaster of the 7th Asian Winter Games, has appointed NEP Visions to supply a broad range of outside broadcast equipment and technical crew for the event, to be held in Almaty and Astana, Kazakhstan from 30 January – 6 February 2011. NEP Visions will provide individually designed flypack OB systems for each of the six venues in Almaty, which will host events including alpine skiing, the biathlon, cross country skiing, ski jump and ice hockey. Housed either in existing buildings or purpose-built temporary accommodation, the extensive equipment tally includes over 100 camera channels with a mixture of Sony and Philips HD cameras, 56 large lenses and 28 EVS servers. All feeds will route back to the IGBS Media Centre in Astana, which will then provide host broadcast services to broadcasters worldwide.
NewTek TriCaster™ Chosen to Produce Live Video Streams
NewTek, a worldwide leader of video and 3D animation products, today announced that its signature streaming product, the award-winning TriCaster™ portable live production system, was used to produce and live stream extensive coverage of the ESPN Winter X Games® 15 from Aspen, CO, from January 27-30. Fans attending the X Games were able to watch events on the invenue video boards at various locations in Aspen—streamed exclusively with TriCaster. Fans at home and on-the-go had access to all the action, via the TriCaster powered high definition (HD) live stream at Facebook. “We’ve used NewTek TriCaster to support our onsite and online video needs for the last five X Games,” said Kate Nelligan, live event programming producer, ESPN X Games. “With TriCaster, we expand our in-venue coverage without expanding our production budget, to deliver real-time access to fans, everywhere.”