Costs are inhibiting a flood of 4K sports production, but 1080p HDR offers numerous practical advantages, among them that the improvement in picture quality is more readily apparent to consumers than the gain from 4K resolution. Above, Sony tested an 8K camera at the Sony Open in Hawaii last year, but doesn’t expect 8K to be used for regular sports production for several years.
EVS, a provider of live production solutions, has been selected by NEP, an international production company serving live broadcasting throughout the world, to deliver a major upgrade and upscale of their production facilities. The deal represents the acquisition of EVS’ XT-VIA next-generation live production servers, as well as the deployment of LSM replay controllers, IPDirector content management solutions and other […]
Among the tech innovations on tap are Panasonic 8K cameras, which will be used to generate replays from each end zone, part of the 115 cameras the network will use, including a bevy of Sony 4K replay cameras. And for the first time, CBS will also use a live wireless handheld camera with AR graphics and camera-tracking capability designed to provide real-time virtual graphics from the players’ perspective on the field.
Every year broadcasters roll out some spectacular new technology to add a bit of sizzle to their production of the Super Bowl, and this year’s contest in Houston will be no exception. Fox Sports along with its partner Intel will deploy “Be The Player,” a high-tech system that relies on 38 4K cameras and two racks full of Intel Blade servers to give fans a point-of-view perspective of an individual player on the field. Above: The Fox Sports Super Bowl LI broadcast team will provide game coverage from this booth overlooking NRG Stadium in Houston. (Fox Sports photo)
The final major of the 2014 golf season, the PGA Championship, will take place this weekend at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky., and, once again, CBS Sports and Turner Sports will be working closely together on four days of coverage. The center of the production for this weekend will be NEP’s SS10, which will provide master control for the back nine holes, and SS22, providing master control for the front nine. New this year is Game Creek Video’s Riverhawk, on hand as a swing truck for the back nine.
NEP Chief Technology Officer George Hoover says modern computer design techniques have helped the mobile TV production facilities provider roll out a new generation of “super trucks” that offer much greater efficiency in terms of production capability per pound, maintenance and workflow.