The French public service broadcaster, France Télévisions, is testing production of ultra-high definition (UHD) 8K technology during this year’s Roland Garros tennis tournament. 8K is 16 times the resolution of standard HD.
Ultra-high definition (UHD) 8K technology is expected to make the headlines during the Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2020, as it will be widely used by the host broadcaster NHK to shoot, produce and transmit footage of the worldwide competition. The highest existing resolution in digital television has already been tested during several sporting events and the latest to join the list is France’s Roland Garros tennis tournament.
France Télévisions, the host broadcaster of the tournament currently taking place in Paris, has always used the venue as a testing ground for new technologies. This year, it has decided to trial 8K equipment, including professional 8K cameras and one of the first 8K monitors to be commercialized worldwide.
The monitor provides a resolution of 7,680 X 4,320 pixels which is four times higher than the one supplied by the current 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) kit used by the broadcaster to shoot and air the matches. The pubcaster is planning to test 8K for the entire duration of the event.
France Télévisions will also be trialing a virtual reality system, assembling 24 cameras to film images on the Suzanne Lenglen court, the second most important match venue after the Philippe Chatrier main court. It will also stream video of live broadcasts of the tournament in High Dynamic Range (HDR) to the latest generation of mobile phones.
IEC International Standards developed by a number of IEC Technical Committees (TCs), are central to the development of digital TV equipment and of all the technologies that underpin it. They apply to the equipment used for most DTV broadcast standards, from content acquisition to editing and distribution to viewers.
These IEC Standards are prepared by IEC TC 100: Audio, video and multimedia systems and equipment, and all its Technical Areas (TAs) and IEC TC 110: Electronic display devices, as well as other TCs and their Subcommittees (SCs), such as IEC TC 46: Cables, wires, waveguides, RF connectors, RF and microwave passive components and accessories and IEC TC 86: Fibre optics.
International Standards for the coding of audiovisual objects are developed by ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 29: Coding of audio, picture, multimedia and hypermedia information, an SC of the Joint Technical Committee on information technology formed by the IEC and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
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