All 2018 World Cup matches to be filmed in UHD

Fans will be able to watch matches live in VR as a 360-degree video on demand
By Jenny Priestley,

FIFA has announced the 2018 World Cup will be the first to produce all 64 matches in UHD and HDR.

With the use of a hybrid UHD/HDR/1080p setup, multiple choices of video formats will be available (1080i, 1080p or UHD HDR) at the back of a single production chain. Progressive scanning will also be used as a baseline production format.

For the games, 37 cameras will be at each stadium, eight with UHD/HDR and 1080p/SDR dual output and another eight with 1080p/HDR and 1080p/SDR dual output. 

In addition, eight super-slow-motion, two ultra-motion cameras and a cineflex heli-cam will be available at each match. The UHD programme will have its own wider-framed main camera, as well as the addition of immersive audio.

FIFA has also announced its digital plan for the 2018 World Cup, integrating the digital production and services offering as part of the overall production plan. This will include the ability to follow matches live in virtual reality as a 360-degree video on demand.

The 2018 World Cup will takes place in Russia from 14th June to 15th July 2018.