Sony has performed further 4K live production trials during El Clásico at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid on 23 March. The football showdown between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona was captured in partnership with the MediaPro, which produced and distributed the content internationally.
Two Sony PMW-F55 35mm 4K cameras were used, each capable of capturing more than 8 million pixels, and the 4K images were viewed on two Sony PVM-X300 4K monitors in full resolution. The successful 4K trial opens the door to making the Liga de Fútbol Profesional Spanish football league the first in the world to bring regular 4K broadcasts to the 2014-2015 season.
Sony has already successfully conducted 4K live production trials in a joint project with FIFA TV at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 last June, as well as during the Wimbledon Championships in 2013. The El Clásico trial serves as a further test in the run-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, for which Sony will be responsible for providing live match footage in full HD, as well as producing the final in 4K.