Sony and FIFA trial live 4K workflow

Football’s governing body FIFA has partnered with Sony to trial live production workflows for super-high-definition television, also known as 4K, with three matches at a major football tournament in Brazil to be shot and delivered in 4K later this year.

The trials will take place during the FIFA Confederations Cup this summer at one of six stadiums being used for the tournament, and will aim to test the process involved in capturing and delivering live 4K content.

The Sony and FIFA team will produce three matches utilising the world’s first purpose-built 4K mobile production unit supplied by UK-based production company Telegenic. There are no plans to broadcast the resulting footage to external audiences however.

Niclas Ericson, Director of FIFA’s TV Division, commented: “The FIFA Confederations Cup is a perfect opportunity to trial new technology and production approaches to 4K, and we look forward to seeing how this tournament will help to shape the future of sports broadcasting.”

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