As first reported in TVBEurope, the London 2012 Olympics are to be covered in 3D, using 3D camcorders from Panasonic, which has just launched a new model, write Adrian Pennington and David Fox.
Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) plans to produce more than 200 hours of 3D coverage during the London games, in conjunction with Panasonic and the International Olympic Committee.
The 3D broadcast will include major events such as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, athletics, gymnastics, diving and swimming, and will be produced and delivered to participating rights-holding broadcasters around the world
The announcement has been trumpeted by Panasonic, an official Olympics sponsor, and will see at least some of the action captured using its AG-3DP1 P2HD professional fully-integrated twin-lens Full-HD 3D camcorder (pictured).
“For the past two decades, Panasonic has been a valued partner of the Olympic Movement and of the Host Broadcasting organisation,” said Manolo Romero, Managing Director of OBS. “We are now proud to announce this partnership to realise the first ever live 3D Olympic Games, and we are confident that this unprecedented broadcast will be a great success in no small part due to the 3D technologies provided by Panasonic. Ultimately, we believe this production of the first live 3D Olympic Games will make the London 2012 Olympic Games one of the most significant in the history of broadcasting technology.”
“The Olympic Games has always been a pioneer in the development of TV broadcasting technologies, and has been on the cusp of innovation since the first live over-the-air broadcast was introduced in London 1948,” said Takumi Kajisha, Managing Executive Officer of Panasonic.
“There is no doubt that the Olympic Games will provide some of the best content for the 3D market in the future, and that 3D TV will drastically change the way we experience this great sporting event in our living rooms,” he added.
Panasonic launches compact twin-lens 2D/3D camcorder
Panasonic also today launched the HDC-Z10000, the first integrated twin-lens 2D/3D camcorder that is officially compatible with the new AVCHD 3D/Progressive standard.
The HDC-Z10000 is aimed at bridging the gap between amateur and professional user in both quality and cost.
It features two sets of 3xCMOS sensors, and records Full-HD 50p 2D and 3D images, and has two F1.5 lenses treated with Nano Surface Coating, claimed to be another first in a camcorder, that are should significantly reduce ghosting and flare to produce crisp, clear image rendering. The lenses go as wide as 32mm for 3D or 29.8mm for 2D, with a 10x zoom for 3D and 12x for 2D. For close-ups it can go to about 45cm for 3D.
For professional users, it features enhanced manual functions such as three independent rings for zoom, focus, and iris control, as well as an Intelligent Auto (iA) function and a new image stabiliser, Hybrid O.I.S+3.
It has built-in microphones for recording Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround sound or two-channel stereo, plus two XLR audio inputs with 48v phantom power.