UEFA has produced the 2015 UEFA Champions League final in Berlin live in 4K. The match was broadcast live in June from the world-famous Olympiastadion Berlin in stunning ultra-high definition, with the on-pitch excitement captured 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 is the second occasion that European club football’s most prestigious match has been produced in 4K.
For the Berlin final, Sony’s new HDC-4300 and proven PMW-F55 4K Live System cameras were used for the 4K production, enabling the capture of immersive, crystal clear footage.
UEFA’s end-to-end live production workflow included Sony’s PWS-4400 4K servers and the MVS-X series multi-format switchers. To ensure the flawless footage captured in the stadium matched the production team’s view of the action, UEFA used 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 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, with select locations across Germany screening the match in ultra-high definition.
The UEFA Champions League final took place at the Olympiastadion in Berlin on Saturday 6 June between FC Barcelona and Juventus. 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 brings new levels of flexibility to live production, with the ability to shoot in HD, 4K, and up to 8x super slow motion HD footage. Launched at NAB 2015 in Las Vegas, the world’s first 2/3-inch 4K imaging device builds on the success of Sony’s previous HDC cameras. Supporting the industry standard B4 lens mount, the camera is fully compatible with all HDC accessories – allowing easy integration into existing live production set-ups.