Sony Builds the World’s First 3D Outside Broadcast Trucks

Sony Professional Europe confirmed that it has been selected by BSkyB (Sky) and Telegenic to design and build one of the world’s first 3D Outside Broadcast (OB) trucks, due for delivery in April 2010. Sky, Telegenic and Sony have been working together to develop a next generation outside broadcast vehicle that will deliver new production methods to produce immersive live content in 3D.

The 3D Outside Broadcast Truck, which is the first to be built in Basingstoke, has been designed from the ground up by Telegenic’s Engineering team supported by Sony’s Professional Services division. The OB vehicle leverages the collective experience and commitment of Sony’s Professional Services and R&D divisions to deliver new products to manage the complicated issues at play in delivering 3D within a live environment. It delivers a truck capable of live 3D, using Sony’s existing strong product portfolio, including the HDC-1500R cameras with a unique T-block option used on 3D camera rigs to capture content. Driving the solution is the MVS-8000G Vision Mixer which handles Dual Stream stereo signals, as if they were a single source, to deliver operational control similar to 2D productions to deliver a reliable production workflow.

During the trials, the Sony Professional team worked with the technical experts at Sky and Telegenic to find the right solutions to resolving many of the issues linked to capturing live content in 3D. Part of this process has included the creation of the “3D Processor Box”, designed to reduce the complexity of monitoring and correcting live signals in the truck. The new product will be launched later this year.

Earlier this month, Sony Electronics and All Mobile Video (AMV) announced that they are combining their technology resources to build a new fully 3D-capable, cine-enabled HD video production truck. The new truck is planned to hit the road this summer and is expected to handle a range of projects, from sports to live events to entertainment. AMV will also demonstrate Trident in Sony’s booth at NAB 2010.

Source: Sony