Satellite operator Eutelsat has signed a deal that will see broadcaster Euro1080 and production company Alfacam developing content for its 3D channel.
The companies will provide Eutelsat with access to their infrastructure for 3D production and recording of sport and other live events. They will also provide 100 hours of 3D content including football, tennis, boxing, documentaries and live events.
Alfacam began constructing 3D infrastructure in 2007 and now operates a high-end OB van for live 3D recordings. The company recently filmed the Emir Cup football championship in Doha in 3D.
“Whereas producing in HDTV was not that different from Standard Definition, there are huge differences between 2D and 3D production: the rhythm, the camera positions, the camera movements,” said Gabriel Fehervari, CEO, Alfacam. “In fact the complete technology and production are different.
“Generally we use fewer cameras and we try to avoid longer shots as viewers need to adapt their eyes to depth levels each time we cut to another image. Technically, 3D requires double camera sets, a lot more technical periphery and also different monitoring tools, both for directors and engineers. The results of this new effort are, however, amazing and we are delighted to pursue this new adventure with Eutelsat.”
Eutelsat has been operating a 3D demonstration channel on Eurobird 9A since March 2009.
3D channel reception parameters:
Satellite EUROBIRD 9A at 9° East
Downlink frequency: 11747 MHz
Horizontal polarisation; FEC: ¾
Symbol rate: 27 500