Quantel’s Pablo Rio and Genetic Engineering 2 will provide 4K 60p colour and finishing for the FIFA World Cup.
World Cup sponsor Sony has chosen the Quantel systems for its 4K production facilities in Rio. Sony, in partnership with FIFA, will shoot three matches in 4K, which will be made available to rights holding broadcasters.
The Quantel GE2 system includes two Pablo Rio 4KO color correction and finishing systems, which share storage and workflow via a GenePool, and will be used for fast-turnaround 4K highlights packages. These highlights will be distributed to broadcasters and Sony Stores worldwide and also displayed on 4K screens in fan parks around Brazil. The Quantel system will also be used for the post production of the Official FIFA World Cup film in 4K.
The system will work with 4K 60p XAVC media recorded on either the Sony PMW-F55 cameras or the Sony Servers used for FIFA’s 4K Live Production. All XAVC media will be instantly available for viewing and editing on the Pablo Rio color and finishing systems. The Quantel system will also record live 4K 60p via Quad 3G SDI, which can be edited while recording. The Pablo Rios will be equipped with Fraunhofer IIS's integrated easyDCP toolset for production of cinema deliverables.
According to Sony's World Cup 2014 programme manager, Mark Grinyer, "the chosen system needed to handle 4K 60p in real time, reliably and to produce the finished highlights packages quickly and efficiently. Quantel users have already proven on many real-world projects that Pablo Rio and the Genetic Engineering 2 shared workflow can comfortably handle 4K 60p and beyond. This made Quantel a natural choice for this demanding application."