World cup fever has creeped in once again, and attracts over 3.2 billion viewers a year making it one of the largest viewed sporting events ever. So what equipment do you need to broadcast such a large event?
This year over the 64 matches each stadium will be kitted with 34 Sony cameras. The cameras broadcast in 4K UHD, Full HD 1080p which are complemented wide range of multi media services enhance coverage and assist in the brand new Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
The event will utilise over 370 Sony cameras and all running SLOG3 Live production. To work with the cameras FIFA have employed over 1000 monitors and 29 XVS switchers which are used to deliver UHD, HD, and HD SDR options to it’s worldwide broadcasters.
Equipment Room Containers
In order to run three formats in parallel (UHD, HD, 4K HDR) the footage from the cameras is run to multiple 4K production servers. In each of the 12 venues there is one Equipment Room Container which houses image communication routers, multi viewers, audio mixers, racks, servers and a whole lot more.
There is so much more that goes on behind the scenes in which we cannot even process in our brains the amount of work that goes in for this.
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