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Berlin Phil sounds out UHD and HDR

The Berlin Philharmonic orchestra will be available in Ultra HD and HDR from next month, using new video facilities equipped by Panasonic, to capture weekly performances in the highest possible audio and video quality.

It has bought eight AK-UB300 box cameras (operated by one operator), and a UC3000 studio camera, which it only uses when it needs a camera operator to cover a soloist, or when there hasn’t been enough rehearsal time to programme the remote system. It has a Panasonic AV-HS6000 switcher, but will replace this with an HS7000-series model next year.

“Recording classical music in a concert hall is actually the worst thing, because you don’t have light, and you don’t want to disturb the orchestra or the audience, so you have to be invisible and silent,” said Robert Zimmermann, MD, Berlin Phil Media.

The fan, pan/tilt head and camera had to make absolutely no noise, and the models they picked (including Vinten FHR-35 remote heads) “was the only combination we could find that offered this”.