After delivering 25 matches, on behalf of FIFA and Sony, in 3D at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa, HBS (Host Broadcasting Services) will be in Wimbledon this season with its long-standing partners Sony and Can Communicate to partake in the 3D delivery of this flagship Tennis event.
All parties involved – including BBC Sport – are proceeding with caution in all matters related to 3D.
“This is yet again an experiment for everyone involved because 3D is a new type of viewing experience” Peter Angell, HBS Director of Production & Programming and Executive Producer on behalf of Sony, at this, the 125th edition of Wimbledon, hastens to tell anybody questioning him about the future of 3D. “It’s a three year contract as far as Sony and the All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (AELTC) are concerned, but for all other parties, it is very much a question of working on “the evolution of 3D delivery.”
Peter Angell and Duncan Humphries, the Creative Producer from Can Communicate, Sony’s Technical Production Partner, go on to add: “We will use the same 3D workflow that was successfully deployed in South Africa. With 5 camera positions per match, each position will comprise 2 x SONY HDC-P1 cameras with Canon lenses fed into a SONY HD fibre adapter mounted onto Element Technica rigs and configured with SONY MPE-200 processors for convergence and inter-ocular alignment. The 3D signals generated from the 5 camera positions will be fed to a dedicated 3D Outside Broadcast facility supplied by our other partner, NEP Visions. Pictures will be processed using a complete SONY 3D broadcast solution and encoded for 3D TV broadcast and 3D cinema audiences”.
Francis Tellier, CEO of HBS Group of companies, is adamant that the decision to cover the upcoming 2014 World Cup™ in Brazil in 3D depends on FIFA but he is quick to point out also that HBS is using every opportunity to test and to go on improving its 3D deliverables.
“Such tests have taken place during regular French L1 matches produced by HBS this year and we will proceed again, in the UK, at Wimbledon, with the same teams behind the 3D cameras and in the custom-built 3D OB vans that were employed to pioneer 3D so successfully at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ in South Africa, along with HBS’ longstanding partners, Sony and Can Communicate”.