Olympics get 2016 virtual-reality and 8k broadcasts




Olympic Broadcasting Services will make during the 2016 Olympics broadcasts can be viewed with virtual reality glasses such as the Samsung Gear VR. Also, the OBS 130 hours broadcast to 8k video, but that only happens in Japan.

Samsung Galaxy Gear VR (v2) During the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro will be possible to follow events in virtual reality. OBS says at Advanced Television which will be made ​​Fri recordings of the opening and closing ceremonies and a major sports daily.

With a compatible headset videos these broadcasts can be viewed live and later are also available on demand. The live broadcast should be available through Sun platforms such as the Oculus Store. It is not yet known which VR headsets gain access to the images.

During the Youth Olympic Games, which took place in the Norwegian Lillehammer in February, the OBS for the first experiments with virtual reality programs. There is cooperation with NextVR and to see that there is used a lineup with two Red Dragon cameras equipped with fisheye lenses from Canon. This setup can be videos with a picture angle of 180 degrees to be made. Red cameras can film at 6K resolution, but it is not known what resolution the OBS ultimately going to use for the VR broadcasts.

In total, the OBS is during the Olympics broadcast 7,000 hours of video. 130 of which will be seen in at 8k resolution of 7680×4320 pixels and combined with audio described as’ 3D 22.2-channel surround sound. These images in the 8K Super Hi-Vision format can only be seen in Japan. The land is at the forefront when it comes to 8k broadcasting, the Japanese public broadcaster NHK will begin on a large scale in 2020, broadcasting in 8k resolution. Sharp released the first 8k television in 2015 on the market in Japan.

Also will make the OBS 4k-8k recording and video converting to 4K format. According to Advanced Television is a chance, however small that TV viewers see these images get worldwide. There are no plans to broadcast the high resolutions to the public, though some cases, broadcasters will decrease which images of the OBS still access the ultra-high-definition images for testing and evaluation purposes. The regular material is made in HD resolution with 5.1 audio.

Since 2001, the OBS is the official broadcaster of all editions of the Olympic Games. The team takes care of the image of all sports during the event and delivers its video content to broadcasters worldwide.


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