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The 2018 FIFA World Cup marked the primary time all 64 matches had been recorded and produced in 4K UHD with HDR (High Dynamic Range). FIFA got here out with all weapons blazing for Russia 2018 the place each match was lined by a whooping 37 cameras.
The filming setup consisted of a hybrid UHD/HDR/1080p array with a number of alternative of video codecs (1080i, 1080p or UHD HDR) behind a single manufacturing chain.
- Eight cameras had been outfitted for UHD/HDR and 1080p/SDR twin output
- A second set of eight had 1080p/HDR and 1080p/SDR twin output
- A 3rd set of eight cameras recorded super-slow-motion and two ultra-motion cameras
- A cable-cam and a cineflex heli-cam to make sure high-class photos can be out there from each angle in every stadium.
Russia 2018 additionally hosted the primary World Cup to make use of VAR, a.ok.a. the video assistant referee. This had been a long-time request, with advocates declaring the success of comparable techniques within the NFL and tennis tournaments. VAR was examined in earlier competitions however Russia was the primary massive event the place it was current in all matches.
Back in 2014…
Even although 4K TVs had been turning into mainstream in some markets when Brazil hosted the 2014 World Cup, there have been no stay 4K broadcasts (apart from some limited-run checks) and 4K filming was carried out on an experimental foundation. Sony was accountable for manufacturing at Brazil for 3 matches which later shaped a part of the official World Cup documentary film.
Japanese broadcaster NHK additionally ran some high-tech filming in Brazil, recording 9 matches in 8K decision (7680 x 4320) — identified in Japan as Super Hi-Vision — which they later broadcasted to the general public in choose Brazil and Japan cities utilizing huge 330-inch screens.