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Python strikes 4K in Rio

Brazilian broadcaster TV Globo is building a 4K over IP mobile unit in preparation for its unilateral coverage of the Rio Olympics 2016. Claimed as the world’s first 4K/IP OB vehicle, the unit will be outfitted with 16 Sony HDC-4300 cameras, IP-connected through the CCU, Sony’s IP Live switcher and Sony IP-ready monitors.The router will be COTS. It will also feature a new high-speed 4K camera Sony is developing called Python.

“It doesn’t make any sense to create a brand new truck based on SDI infrastructure any more, so we are taking the chance to work with Sony and developing an IP-based OB truck for sport,” explained Raymundo Barros, TV Globo CTO at IBC. “This will be our first 4K truck and we are working hard to make 4K over IP happen.”

Barros said that TV Globo would likely capture the Olympics in 4K but transmit in HD. “We have already produced a 4K primetime drama using F55 and F65 cameras and shooting in S-log to take advantage of HDR,” he said. “We can grade in HDR but we can’t yet deliver 4K
HDR to the screen until the standards battle is resolved.” Hall 12