Here is the debut of 4K Dynamic Range at the Coppa Italia final in Rome’s Olympic Stadium

by on July 29, 2015

Stephan Jukic – July 29, 2015

On May 20th of this year 2015, the final game of the Coppa Italia played itself out in Rome’s Olympic Stadium in front of more than 60,000 screaming fans and the game in which the teams Juventus and Lazio faced off was carried by Juventus with a 2 – 1 win in overtime. This was the team’s 10’s such victory.

So what’s so particularly special about this? Well it was also a historical moment in a much different sense thanks to that particular game being filmed with the very latest  Sony HDR 4K cameras and thus being the very first ever football (soccer to us in the U.S) event ever shot in in High Dynamic Range at 50p.

The game was shot in this highly unique footage by the Italian production house DBW Communications, based in Rome. And the footage from the Coppa Italia match was shortly followed by even more such HDR 4K video in the form of shooting of the opera show “The Barber of Seville”. This was done with the same camera and at the same High Dynamic Range settings. And once again this was also a World’s first for an opera event. In the opera filming, DBW worked with RAI Com, the commercial broadcasting and production branch of the Italian public broadcasting agency RAI.

The opera production, the second of DBW’s HDR 4K experiments, was caught on video at Turin’s Teatro Regio by 8 different Sony HDR cameras arranged in different positions in the crowded opera house in ways that could capture the event from as many angles as possible while also accommodating the Sony PMW-F55 cameras and their 4K Prime Lenses.

As for the HDR technology itself, what it does is exactly what the name High Dynamic Range implies throughout digital cinema and video: it captured far superior and more realistic imagery with a far more accurate play of shadow and brightness.

HDR in 4K video is much more visible at first glance than 4K resolution itself

HDR in 4K video is much more visible at first glance than 4K resolution itself

This is fact why HDR is so crucial to the next generation of 4K UHD content that’s emerging already. Unlike 4K resolution itself –which can be hard to notice on smaller displays—HDR is immediately visible to even an untrained viewer, with a notable and superior difference in overall video quality from that of SDR (standard dynamic range) content. This improvement which HDR offers is something even a major expert in digital content like Netflix has noted, when the company made recent public statements in June to the effect that HDR was an even more significant step in better digital video than ordinary 4K images.

This is also why Netflix is working on incorporating HDR effects into its newest 4K streaming content. In fact, the company is already remastering their new 4K drama “Marco Polo” with HDR encoded into its digital stream.

Amazon Prime Instant Video, the second largest 4K streaming content player on the U.S market at least is also doing the same and has already begun releasing 4K programming with High Dynamic Range. This video is accessible to owners of the latest 4K TVs that already have the technology built into them.

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