As the official UK broadcaster of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the BBC’s coverage includes 3D throughout the 17-day competition. London 2012 is the first Olympics to feature live 3D broadcasts. To accompany these television firsts, the BBC has unveiled specially commissioned idents in stereoscopic 3D. With ONSIGHT’s extensive experience working in this format, the team provided both camera equipment and post production.
The BBC Olympic idents highlight eight selected events, consisting of hurdling, pommel, long jump, beam gymnastics, hammer throwing, pole vault, taekwondo and sprinting. Shot at Sutton Arena by BBC Directors Alex Freeman and Jacqui Farnham, the athletes were filmed using the Phantom Flex high speed camera and lenses from Love High Speed. The footage demonstrates the intricate steps required to execute these sports in amazing slow motion, taking advantage of the immersive 3D technology. We project managed the camera elements and supplied 3ality Technica Quasar rigs, working with DoP Ed Wild. Chris Parks was also on set as Stereographer.
The offline was completed at ONSIGHT’s post production facility, using our OS 3D plug in. The ONSIGHT team continued with the online stages, involving depth and colour grading as well as audio post production. Vision3 provided stereo supervision of the project.
The BBC 3D Olympic idents can be seen on BBC HD, showing daily highlights and in lead up to key events, such as the men’s 100m final and the opening and closing ceremonies. The 2012 Olympic Games run until 12 August.