The 2015 UEFA Champions League final in Berlin was broadcast live from the Olympiastadion in Berlin in ultra-high definition on Saturday, using Sony’s new HDC-4300 4K/HD live production camera.
Following the success of the 2014 UEFA Champions League final in Lisbon, the 2015 final in Berlin represented the second occasion that the European club match has been produced in 4K.
Sony’s new HDC-4300 and PMW-F55 4K Live System cameras were used for the 4K production, and UEFA’s live production workflow included Sony’s PWS-4400 4K servers and the MVS-X series multi-format switchers. To ensure the peerless footage captured in the stadium matches the production team’s view of the action, UEFA chose Sony’s 30-inch BVM-X300 OLED 4K monitor for live monitoring within the OB truck. In addition to the BVM-X300, Sony’s 85-inch FWD-85X9600P BRAVIA Professional 4K LED screen also showed live ultra-high definition footage from the match in the dedicated UEFA showroom in the broadcast compound.
For the first time, fans were able to watch the action live in 4K. Various broadcasters took the signal live via the 4K distribution provided by EBU, and select locations across Germany screened the match in UHD.
FC Barcelona were victorious at the UEFA Champions League final on Saturday 6 June against Juventus, and the match was watched by a crowd of just under 80,000 and a further 380 million worldwide, across over 200 countries.
Designed specifically for the sports broadcast market, the HDC-4300 HD, allows for the capture of HD, 4K, and up to 8x super slow motion HD footage. Supporting the standard industry B4 lens mount, the camera is fully compatible with all HDC accessories allowing it to slot into existing live production set-ups.