This year’s world soccer championships are already behind us, sadly for all the fans out there. Personally, I wouldn’t have never expected the final to go the way it did (no spoilers for people who haven’t, somehow, watched yet). The Brazilian party wasn’t only an arena for soccer players, but also a happening that was very important for technology-related producers, which was used by one of the main championship’s partner – Sony.
Let’s start with the numbers. This year’s championships consisted of over 130 matches that have played on the court of 12 stadiums, with the involvement of 32 national teams. Sony has brought their statistics however, which look quite differently – for the Japanese manufacturer, World Championships 2014 were 47 planes, over 200 HD cameras, 280 people in the tech crew that were watching over the whole stuff and 8.5 ton truck that was used to deliver all the “moving equipment” for providers. Not enough? Well, let’s add more then – 24 shipping containers with everything that one could possibly need for HD material production, two helicopters, 37 standard cameras, air camera, 2 cameras for fast-image capturing, 72 cameras for Super Slow-motion, 48 vision mixers and 820 screens. If that still doesn’t impress you in any way, watching all the transmitted footage from the championships would take 7 years.
One of the most important aspects for Sony was the 4K transmission, which was possible due to co-operation with the BBC channel. Three matches were transmitted in the Ultra HD resolution in order to test the real capabilities of this technology at the moment, and apparently, everything well went. I can’t wait to watch more real-time material in awesome detail, as the 4K TV allows user to see quadruple amount of details when compared to the Full HD resolution. Source of my information is 4k.com.