Jones vs. Cormier 2 UFC PPV Fight Covered Tonight In 4K HDR By F&F Productions

by on July 29, 2017

Stephan Jukic – July 29, 2017

Tonight is the night of the biggest UFC event of 2017: The UFC 214 fight card for this Saturday July 29th consists of three title fights headlined by a rematch between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Best of all for PPV customers of AT&T’s DirecTV live UHD streaming service, F&F Productions will be on hand to deliver all the heavyweight title action in 4K HDR glory through its new GTX-18 expandable recording truck. The brand new video recording, editing and production rig is fully equipped to handle a massive load of live native 4K footage and beam it to PPV service providers on the fly while editing.

According to George Orgera, CEO of F&F Productions,

“We’ve had a number of customers who asked us about building a 1080p/HDR unit. After rallying our team, we decided to build a 4K HDR mobile unit instead.”

Orgera further explains that it was important to keep the signal in native 4K from recording acquisition right to distribution for a maximal level of overall resolution quality that matches what is actually captured by the network of Sony HDC-4300 4K recording cameras with UHD-capable lenses throughout the sports venue. The GTX-18 unit itself is loaded with nearly wall-to-wall 4K monitors for production and editing in full 4K as recorded.

Further comments by VP/GM of F&F Productions Marc Orgera explain that:

“There is a lot of uniqueness about GTX-18 but the one thing we are hearing from our clients that matters the most is, it offers a complete 4K experience throughout. They are happy to have a one-stop mobile unit that can produce 4K HDR, 1080p HDR, 1080p, 1080i, 720p out of one unit.”

The mobile recording unit’s core lies in a Grass Valley K-Frame Kayenne Elite production switcher with 192 inputs/96 outputs and 9M/E with six downstream keyers per M/E programmable clean feed. Beyond this, the giant truck comes with a 4K monitor wall that contains 18 31” inch custom Boland display screens, convenient for multiple obvious 4K editing reasons but also because they allow clients who are supervising production to see the exact same picture quality inside the mobile unit as that which will be going out for transmission to viewers.

4K recording studio F&F Productions

As for the recording end of the GTX-18 truck at UFC 214: Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier and other events that F&F Productions covers, video capture is done by a network of 14 Sony HDC-4300 pro 4K high frame rate cameras and 2 additional Sony HDCP-43 cameras which are kept fully unlocked. There are also four Sony super-slo-mo systems being used for capturing fine action in slow motion and 4K HDR while F&F is also using 17 Fujinon UHD lenses of different types, including new Fujinon 107×8.4 long lenses and handheld wide-angle lenses. The main video area of the mobile recording unit also boasts a Sony 30 inch BVMX 300-2 4K monitor ad Tektronic 4K vectorscopes.

GTX-18 4K UHD recording studio

In other words, the F&F Productions mobile 4K HDR unit represents one of the most advanced major event recording units being used today and as the high dynamic range ultra HD ecosystem swallows up a larger percentage of the overall live streamed/broadcast entertainment market, we’ll be seeing more production platforms like this being deployed by companies which want to stay competitive, especially in the sports event PPV market.

As for Jones Vs. Courmier 2, Pay-per-view coverage begins at 10 p.m. Cormier and Jones should enter the Octagon around 12:30 a.m.

Here’s a YouTube Intro of what to expect.

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