Quantel ups game to provide Sony 4K 60p colour and finishing at World Cup

Editor | 05 June 2014

Despite not all being quite ready in advance of the football World Cup in Brazil, broadcasters are well positioned to realise what will be the first 4KTV tournament of its kind with Sony at the vanguard.

As part of its contract to support local broadcasters with UltraHD equipment and services, Sony has tapped Quantel for high quality colour and finishing systems that will see use at the advanced 4K production facility of host broadcaster HBS in Rio de Janeiro. Specifically it will use a Genetic Engineering 2 (GE2) system which includes two Pablo Rio 4KO colour correction and finishing systems sharing storage and workflow via a GenePool, will be used for the production of fast-turnaround 4K highlights packages. These will be distributed to broadcasters and Sony Stores worldwide as well as being displayed on 4K super-screens in fan parks around Brazil. The Quantel system will also be used for the post production of the Official FIFA World Cup (TM) film in 4K Ultra HD.

Genetic Engineering 2 is designed to provide shared storage and workflow for up to four Pablo Rio systems, enabling, says Quantel, better teamwork and more productive post. The Pablo Rio high quality colour and finishing system provides the ultimate productive workflow for 4K and beyond.

The Quantel system will work with 4K 60p XAVC media recorded on either the Sony PMW-F55 cameras being used by FIFA Film crews throughout the competition or the Sony Servers used for the 4K live production of three matches played at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro (one in the round of 16, one quarter final and the final itself). All XAVC media will be instantly available for viewing and editing on the Pablo Rio colour and finishing systems thanks to their ability to begin work immediately with soft-mounted media without transcoding or importing. The system will also record live 4K 60p via Quad 3G SDI, which can be edited even while recording. The Pablo Rios will be equipped with Fraunhofer IIS's integrated easyDCP toolset for production of cinema deliverables.

"The chosen system needed to handle 4K 60p in real time, reliably and to produce the finished highlights packages quickly and efficiently," commented Sony's World Cup 2014 programme manager, Mark Grinyer. "The choice of Quantel GE2 and Pablo Rio systems for 4K post-production was straightforward. Quantel users have already proven on many real-world projects that Pablo Rio and the Genetic Engineering 2 shared workflow can comfortably handle 4K 60p and beyond. This made Quantel a natural choice for this demanding application."