Panasonic Will Film French Open In 3D
Panasonic has just stated that it will be using 3D cameras to film the entire French Open in 3D, with the help of Eurosport. Panasonic will be using the AG-3DP1 camcorder which will be used to broadcast the tennis match live for the first time. The camera is being used in concerto with the recently developed 17x twin zoom lens system.
If you’re not into geek talk, I highly suggest skipping over the next sentence. The AG-3D camera will be used with two AK-HC1800 box cameras, six AV-HS450 Multi-format live switchers, P2 Mobile-Memory Card Portable Recorder/Player, BT-3DL2550 3D production monitors and BT-LH910 3D production monitors.
Chairman and CEO of Panasonic Europe, Laurent Abadie said “We are extremely excited to be able to fulfil the promise of live 3D TV in people’s living rooms. We feel we have come a long way from last year, when we broadcast live to almost 3000 European retail stores, to now be delivering 3D directly to peoples’ homes in over 17 countries as well as more than 7500 shops this year…Sporting events, especially like the prestigious French Tennis Open, offer a compelling 3D TV experience, so it is important that the industry strives to do more live 3D sport broadcasts to help drive the 3D market forward.” Whether 3D tennis will make 3D popular is not yet certain, but I applaud them for trying to boost the technology’s popularity!