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www.inbroadcast.com | Vol: 6 - Issue 7 | July 2016

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Looking To A Live Future
Two events this summer, the recent Euro 2016 championship and the forthcoming
2016 Summer Olympics, provide significant indicators to the near future of
live event broadcasting, writes Contributing Editor Andy Stout...

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t is, of course, an even year, and as
such the parts of the industry serving
sport and live events are making hay in
a fecund market. Or at least that's the
way the old narrative always used to
frame it. The truth about the industry
in 2016 as it hits its purple patch of
summer festivals and major sporting
events - including what will be the
biggest Olympics ever - is slightly more
nuanced than that and there is the
profound sense of change in the air.
First off, the elephant in the room
and that there is to be little or no 4K
beamed from Rio once the Olympics
starts on August 5. In fact there will be
more VR 360-degree content on show
from the Games than 4K, and possibly
more 8K at that, all of which indicates
that we are entering into a somewhat
uncomfortable period of resource wars
and format competition.
Back at IBC2012, the director James
Cameron famously declared that he
saw Stereo 3D and 4K as being in a bit
of an arms race, in which case it was
one he lost, but it's hard to say that 4K
has been the immediate beneficiary.

Certainly Rio host broadcaster OBS has
been consistent in its statements that
there is no demand for 4K from any
rights holders, and where there is no
demand, there is no production.

Step Up 8K
All-in-all a massive 7,000 hours of
content will be produced from Rio, an
impressive 25% increase on what was
achieved at London 2012, but by far
the vast majority of it will once more
be in 1080i. Some 130 hours is slated
to be produced in 8K using NHK's
Ikegami designed OB trucks, both
running ten 8K cameras (again, an
interesting contrast to London 2012
where there weren't that many in the
world). These will be a mix of Ikegami
SHV-8000 and SHK-810s, the latter
weighing a mere 9kg and representing
the first generation of 8K cameras that
can be shoulder-mounted.
It is all, perhaps, a bit of a kludge -
the 8K signal is being routed round
the broadcast equipment out there
as 16 multiplexed SDI feeds, which
is hardly ideal, and slo-mo is going
to be produced from
NHK's SHC-1 - the world's first 8K OB truck
upconverted 4K units
- but it represents
by far the largest 8K
production yet mounted
and is a crucial step
on the path to NHK's
ambitiously stated goal
of an 8K Tokyo 2020.
Indeed, what 4K there

is from the Games is going
to be downscaled from the
8K production, with NBC in
the US planning
to transmit one
event per day
from the previous
day's competition
in the format and,
presumably,
OBS
also has one eye on the post
Games highlights package market and
a possible Ultra HD streaming release.
Euro 4K
Switching to Europe, much more 4K
was captured during the Euro 2016
tournament, with all of the matches
from the quarter finals on and the
opening game (eight out of a total
of 51) produced in the format using
Telegenic and AMP Visual OBs.
UEFA has been very much at the
forefront of 4K development, working
closely with Sony in recent years to
produce the Champion's League Final
in the format since 2014. As such
it has developed what feels like an
impressively seasoned production
plan for 4K, which steps down the
mammoth HD 46 camera plan (36 for
match coverage, 10 for add-ons) to a
more manageable 14 units, including a
4K Spidercam and helicopter-mounted
unit for aerial shots.
This is tacit acknowledgement that
4K is going to have to be presented in
a slightly different manner to HD, the

The Parc des Princes stadium accommodated over
50 cameras for the final Euro 2016 games

The Ikegami SHK-810
provides 8K footage from a 9kg body

increase in resolution necessitating
a change in what OBS' CTO, Sotiris
Salamouris, has referred to in an
8K context as "editorial language."
Indeed, that is one of the prime goals
of the 8K tests in Rio: to find out
what works and what doesn't when
resolutions and subsequent screen
sizes are pushed to such limits.
Hybrid Gamma & VR
UEFA also conducted both HDR
and Dolby Atmos tests at the Euros,
while HDR will feature in various tests
out in Rio, notably NBC's capture of
the opening ceremony. While HDR is
considered to be a vital part of most
broadcaster's plans over the next
handful of years - and promises to
provide a much bigger uptick to the
sales of consumer sets than 4K alone
ever could - it is still a bit early for it
to fit in the Rio pipeline. However,
with the promise of imminent ITU
ratification of the BBC and NHK's
Hybrid Gamma Log system, that could
change very quickly over the next few
months.


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