Plans In Place For A More Elaborate 3D Coverage Of Wimbledon 2012
Wimbledon telecast this year should be much better than what it was a year ago so far as the 3D format goes as the team would now have only to concentrate on TV viewers of the program.
Matches that would be covered are all that would be played on center court. It would include the men’s quarter final as well as men and women semi finals. A total of 12 matches would be covered with ESPN 3D holding rights for all the telecast including the final match of both men and women singles. With the rights the US broadcaster would be able to decide how the matches are shot for telecast.
The production team comprises of Sony who have partnered BBC and the All England Lawn Tennis Association Club as well. BBC’s contribution to the entire project will be to provide hi speed camera that would capture the action in super slow motion to be converted later into 3D.
There are other firms as well involved in the entire program which includes Japan’s WowWow, Sky Deutschland, Sky Italia and the Tennis Channel. They would be taking the 3D feed for delivering to their subscribers.
When the event had been captured last year from the quarter final onwards, the aim was to archive the data as well as experiment with conversion to 3D. Three of the matches had been transmitted in 3D thereafter. This time though there would not be much after match work for the production team.
The shooting would take place with six 3D capable camera being placed around the centre court off which 5 would be 3Ality Technica Pulsar rigs that carry the Sony P1 camera. The one that would be placed in the commentary box would be a PMW-TD300 camcorder. For capturing interviews and other ad-hoc shots another TD300 would be used. Gemini trucks would be supplied by NEP visions and one of them would have the streographer and six convergence operators. Another technical partner of the team is Can Communicate.
When the production team had to cater for both 3D TV as well as cinema screening, they had to tone down on the parallax effect. This time, with no such restrictions in place, the outcome is expected to be a lot more impressive. There is however the men’s final event which would be transmitted live to cinema halls also and therefore the parallax would be adjusted in that case.
A linking camera positioned at the center of the court would link the telecast between 2D and 3D. Last year the 3D telecast has proven to be good learning ground.
Sony has a three year deal with AELTC for the Wimbledon telecast in 3D. This being the second year of the three year contract. SuperVision Media hold rights for the telecast into the cinema halls of the men’s final event.