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FIFA to film final World Cup match in pioneering 360° Ultra HD

Rio de Janeiro – FIFA says the 2014 Brazil World Cup  final match production will be relayed in a 360 degree viewing experience with Ultra HD OmniCam developed by scientists.Germany-Argentina

A FIFA statement in Rio de Janero on Saturday said soccer fans would be able to re-live all the drama and emotion of the June 13 match between Germany and Argentina in a ground breaking format.

It stated that the equipment was a panoramic, Ultra HD OmniCam developed by scientists at the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute in Berlin.

According to the statement, the June 13 match will be relayed in the ground-breaking format for the first time at the new FIFA World Football Museum in Zürich.

The format was scheduled to throw open its doors to the public in early 2016.

It said the innovation was the latest visual technology to be introduced by FIFA as part of the production of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, alongside live productions of matches and sports entertainment.

The world soccer-governing body said the facility would be positioned at the halfway line; the OmniCam would record the complete stadium in one panoramic view.

It said this would mean that soccer matches could be watched on the 360° or 180° screens of future panoramic cinemas, as if the viewer is sitting in the stadium watching the match in person.

OmniCam video content would also be coming soon as second screen application of tablets, smartphones or laptops.

It said the users would have the opportunity to navigate through the stadium and thus become their own camera operators.

The 360° showcase promises to become one of the central attractions at the planned FIFA World Football Museum in Zurich.

It would take football fans on an immersive journey through the story of the beautiful game, the excitement of the FIFA World Cup and the extraordinary history of FIFA.

Niclas Ericson, FIFA Director of TV said: “FIFA is always looking to embrace new technologies to give broadcasters and football fans everywhere the very best viewing experience available.

“Germany’s Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute is a world leader in this field and we are delighted to be working with them on this ground-breaking project’’, he said.

David Ausseil, Creative Director of the FIFA World Football Museum said: “The FIFA World Football Museum in Zürich will offer its visitors an unforgettable football experience‎.

“We believe this landmark project – filming all the actions at the FIFA World Cup Final Match in Brazil in truly stunning panoramic format for our theatre – will be a must-see.’’

According to the statement, the compact and easy-to-handle camera system weighs just 15 kg and is not bigger than a normal HDTV camera – but it provides 10 times its resolution.

The OmniCam consists of a scalable, mirror-based multi-camera rig and enables panoramic video to be shot at a resolution of 2,000 x 10,000 pixels.

10 digital cameras using ten 36 degree mirror segments deliver single segments which are stitched together in a real-time processor to generate a parallax-free, high quality video panorama. (NAN)


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