The FIFA World Cup 2010 has started and some lucky people are able to watch some of the matches in stereo 3D thanks to Sony filming and broadcasting the event in stereo 3D, but unfortunately this is not available in everywhere. So here is a short sample recorded from 3D TV stream from the football/soccer game between Argentina and Nigeria, showing the goal that ensured Argentina’s win in the match. The original broadcast was quite bright and had some ghosting around the players running on the green field, so I’ve applied some “ghost-busting” to improve the situation. Also the stream is in 1080i (interlaced) and squashed half resolution, but I’ve recompressed it into a full 1080p, deinterlaced and in Side By Side format, although the quality is not like it would’ve been with a true 1080p broadcast. There is very little pop-out as you’ll see and the depth you get in the wider shots is not that much, but still a good preview on what you can expect from future sports broadcasts in 3D… and they will probably improve more and get better with time and experience. As usual don’t forget to share your comments below if you download and watch the video and feel more than welcome to share any video in stereo 3D format you’ve made or found somewhere…
June 14th, 2010 · 21 Comments · 3D Movies & Videos
April 9th, 2010 · 7 Comments · Stereo 3D Events
It is almost about time for the world’s first FIFA World Cup to available in 3D and FIFA and Sony just announced a bit more information about it, including which of games will actually be shot in 3D. With a total of seven pairs of Sony’s professional HDC cameras on rigs at every match (Sony HDC-1500), the action on the pitch will be captured in a stunning 3D quality enabled through its proprietary multi-image processor (Sony MPE-200) and 3D Outside Broadcast truck. Sony’s cutting-edge processor is supposedly the only one in the market to date that makes an end-to-end workflow possible in the production process and automatically adjusts the depth-of-field to ensure optimal 3D viewing experience. Starting from the FIFA Confederations Cup last year in South Africa, Sony has been working on enhancing the 3D capturing of fast-moving football action and has since conducted a number of 3D filming trials in Europe to provide the best experience to the football (soccer) fans. 3D filming will be realised at five out of the 10 FIFA World Cup stadiums: Soccer City and Ellis Park in Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. 25 matches in total will be filmed and broadcast in 3D, which will include a carefully chosen selection of those games expected to attract most public attention, including the opening game on June 11 at Soccer City (South Africa vs Mexico) and the crowning final game on July 11 also in Johannesburg.
List of all the games to be captured in 3D:
1. June 11 @ 16:00 – South Africa vs Mexico
2. June 12 @ 16:00 – Argentina vs Nigeria
3. June 13 @ 20:30 – Germany vs Australia
4. June 14 @ 13:30 – Netherlands vs Denmark
5. June 15 @ 20:30 – Brazil vs Korea DPR (PRK)
6. June 16 @ 16:00 – Spain vs Switzerland
7. June 17 @ 13:30 – Argentina vs Korea Republic
8. June 18 @ 16:00 – Slovenia vs USA
9. June 19 @ 13:30 – Netherlands vs Japan
10. June 20 @ 20:30 – Brazil vs Cote d’Ivoire
11. June 21 @ 20:30 – Spain vs Honduras
12. June 22 @ 20:30 – Nigeria vs Korea Republic
13. June 23 @ 20:30 – Ghana vs Germany
14. June 24 @ 16:00 – Slovakia vs Italy
15. June 25 @ 16:00 – Portugal vs Brazil
16. June 27 @ 20:30 – 1st in group B vs 2nd in group A
17. June 28 @ 16:00 – 1st in group E vs 2nd in group F
18. June 28 @ 20:30 – 1st in group G vs 2nd in group H
19. July 02 @ 20:30 – Quarter finals
20. July 03 @ 16:00 – Quarter finals
21. July 03 @ 20:30 – Quarter finals
22. July 06 @ 20:30 – Semi finals
23. July 07 @ 20:30 – Semi finals
24. July 10 @ 20:30 – 3rd place match
25. July 11 @ 20:30 – The Final
The 3D feed from these 25 matches will be made available for broadcast on 3D TV channels, which can be enjoyed by consumers on their 3D-compatible TV sets at home. The first confirmed partners for the 3D TV live broadcast are ESPN in the US and Sogecable in Spain with more to come apparently. Eight matches will be fed live to digital cinemas and selected venues in 3D HD quality around the globe, and FIFA has appointed Swiss-based Aruna Media AG to manage the exclusive 3D cinema and entertainment venue rights for live games in 3D. Aruna plans to broadcast live 3D coverage of matches to around 26 countries and is in advanced discussions with several major markets. Complementing the 3D live broadcast and public viewing activities, the general public will also be able to exclusively enjoy the 3D promotional trailers shown on Sony 3D BRAVIA TVs in around 4,000 Sony-affiliated retail stores worldwide (1,500 in North America, 1,300 in Europe, 500 in Japan, 200 in Asia, 200 in Latin America, and 30 in South Africa). Furthermore, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment also plans to produce and distribute the official FIFA film in 3D on Blu-ray Disc later this year.
December 4th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Stereo 3D Events
Some more good news for next year as Sony and FIFA announced an agreement for selected media rights of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in 3D. FIFA is to produce the world’s first FIFA World Cup in 3D with up to 25 of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa matches being produced using Sony’s 3D professional cameras, which will provide coverage of the action that is unprecedented in depth, vividness and excitement to people around the world.
“Global sporting events such as the FIFA World Cup are very important drivers of new technology, particularly in the TV market”, explained Tom Morrod, Senior Analyst, TV Technology at Screen Digest. “The news that the FIFA World Cup will be filmed in 3D for the first time will certainly increase the uptake rate of 3D TVs in the home and develop the installed base earlier than would otherwise have been the case. As a result of this news, and an increasingly bullish industry outlook on 3D, Screen Digest has increased its forecast, and now estimates that 13.6m 3D TV sets will be installed in Europe by 2013.”
“3D will undoubtedly transform the way we enjoy content in the Living Room,” said Fujio Nishida, President of Sony Europe. “At Sony, the 3D entertainment experience will not only focus on the 3D TV alone, but from 2010 will also encompass a range of 3D compatible products such as Blu-ray Disc players, VAIO notebook computers and PlayStation 3. During June and July 2010 we will provide our European consumers with the most compelling 3D content to enjoy and experience first-hand, for example at the FIFA International Fan Fests.”
Viewers will be able to enjoy 3D experiences at the following locations:
- During the 2010 FIFA World Cup, FIFA will host the “International FIFA Fan Fest” public viewing events in 7 cities around the world (Berlin, London, Mexico City, Paris, Rio De Janeiro, Rome, and Sydney). At Sony’s commercial displays located within the “Fan Fest,” people will be able to enjoy and experience promotional highlight trailers of the FIFA World Cup in 3D.
- In anticipation of the Official 3D Film, viewers will be able to watch promotional trailers for the film of the World Cup in 3D at retail outlets (including Sony stores) that sell Sony products around the world.
- Sony Pictures Home Entertainment plans to produce and distribute the Official 3D Film on the Blu-ray Disc and other formats.
And I’m already eagerly awaiting for Sony’s 200/240Hz Bravia 3D TVs to start coming out in the market next year with that will be able to provide the best possible experience when playing games or watching movies with stereoscopic 3D shutter glasses… ;)