With the World Cup 2014 well under way in Brazil and promising to be the best ever with goals galore, it is indeed welcomed news that Sony and FIFA will be collaborating to document some of the matches in 4K Ultra HD. There will be shooting 3 matches in 4K. These matches targeted for the 4K production are all at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. These matches will not be broadcast live but will be produced for “The Official 2014 FIFA World Cup Film”, which is will be distributed online in 4K by FIFA after the tournament. This will be mouth watering indeed to relive these matches again and see the subtle expressions on the players’ faces, the passion of the fans captured with unprecedented clarity, and every blade of grass in the famed stadium.
Sony, in conjunction with FIFA, developed a 4K live production system employing CineAlta PMW-F55 cameras, the PVM-X200 4K LCD monitor, and the MVC-7000X 4K multi-format switcher. Lenses for the 4K production are being provided by Fujinon, Sony said.
It is interesting to note that none of the matches will be shot in 3D images. This is not unexpected as the interest in 3D is waning, especially so for sports broadcasts.