Altogether two Freestyle Rigs and four Standard Rigs from P+S TECHNIK have been applied during the very first football 3D-HD-Live-Production in Germany
After successful trials of the necessary equipment on 23rd February during the UEFA Champions League game VFB Stuttgart – FC Barcelona Munich has been the showcase location of the first football 3D-HD-Live-Production in Germany that has taken place on Sunday 14th of March 2010.
Not less than 120 selected guests were shown the top game between Bayer Leverkusen and Hamburger SV (HSV) live and in 3D-HD in Munich on behalf of Sky Germany. Altogether six 3D Stereo Rigs from P+S TECHNIK have been applied in Leverkusen: Four Heavy Duty Standard Rigs and two Freestyle Rigs mounted on Steadicams. Satisfied faces could be seen after the final whistle when the audience took off its 3D glasses. Franz Beckenbauer is reported to have said: „The pictures I have seen here today are fantastic. In my age I already have participated in many TV developments and I am sure that with 3D HD we are at the dawn of a new era in TV technology."
This new era is marked by the new Freestyle Rig from P+S TECHNIK, as it opens the realms of camera movement for stereoscopy for the very first time. This advantage in technology is decisive for experiencing exceptional pictures in 3D because 3D football has been proven as being most exciting when the Freestyle Rig on Steadicam has been applied on the sideline.
The brand-new Freestyle Rig is especially designed to offer a maximum of creative choice for camera movement in 3D production. By using patented Carbon technology, also used for Formula 1 race cars, the best combination of load capacity, weight, stability and form was achieved. Andreas Dasser, Managing Director of P+S TECHNIK stated: „As innovation leaders we are proud to have made possible the very first German football Live-3D-HD-Transmission with our 3D Stereo Rigs. Thereby, we prove the new Freestyle Rig's excellent performance during live sports and live news productions to broadcast." Designed for constant equilibration, the rig always keeps camera weights in perfect balance when wireless adjusting the stereo base, particularly when mounted on a steadicam system. Integrated motors for stereo base and convergence adjustment optimize weight and are compatible with available wireless remote control systems. With this the Freestyle Rig is not only ideal for digital stereoscopic 3D movie productions, but especially also for the production of stereoscopic 3D live images. A wide range of professional lenses and cameras up to a 7 kg per camera setup can be carried by the Freestyle Rig. A range of ergonomic mounting accessories prepare this rig also for shoulder, crane and dolly use.
The live production of the 3D HD signal in Leverkusen was carried out by TopVision on behalf of Sportcast. The responsibility for the transmission was with HD Sat Communications.