This Soccer World Cup certainly looks to be raising the bar in all areas of technology. As a South African, the 2010 World Cup is very exciting beyond just the support of the National Team; Bafana Bafana. Of the areas of technology that I am most interested in, the most amazing is the broadcast of High Definition. I am not 100% where South Africa would be in terms of the Infrastructure required – if we were not going to host the World Cup, but that is beside the point. We are, and it is happening now!!
Being a wannabe filmmaker, Post Production junkie and all round digital video camera nut, I have noticed that Sony has come come to the FIFA World Cup party with some cool cameras.
Five out of the 10 FIFA World Cup 2010 stadia are being kitted out with a total of seven pairs of Sony Professional’s HDC-1500 cameras to film 25 matches in 3D throughout the duration of the competition.
That is what is being said on avinteractive as well as on wikipedia.org.
These camera pairs will provide for some interesting 3D viewing during a live event. That is amazing. Is this the first time? How many people will have viewing devices
to make good use of that?
Lets just take a look at the specs for Sony’s HDC-1500 Camera.
Pickup device: 3-CCD 2/3-inch type 16:9
Effective picture elements (H&V): 1920 x 1080
Spectrum system: F1.4 prism system
Built-in filters: 1: Clear, 2: 1/4ND, 3: 1/8ND, 4: 1/16ND, 5: 1/64ND A: CROSS, B: 3200K, C: 4300K, D: 6300K, E: 8000K
Sensitivity: F10 at 2000 lx (3200K, 89.9% reflectance)
Minimum illumination: 10 lx (F1.4, +12 dB gain up)
Signal-to-noise ratio: 54 dB (typical)
Horizontal resolution: 1000 TV lines
Dynamic range (1080/60i mode): 600%
Registration: Within 0.02% (all zones, without lens)
Shutter speed selection: 1/100, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 s (1080/60i mode), 1/60, 1/125, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, 1/2000 s (1080/50i mode)
Modulation depth: 45% or more horizontally (800 TV lines at center, 27.5 MHz, with typical lens)