Currently under construction at Sony Professional Europe in Basingstoke, Hampshire, this is one of the world's first dedicated 3D outside broadcast trucks, due to be delivered to Sky in April.
The truck, which is the result of an 18-month program of research and trials by Sony, Sky and Telegenic, is being designed as 'a next generation outside broadcast vehicle that will deliver new production methods to produce immersive live content in 3D'.
It's the first such vehicle to be built at Basingstoke, and has been designed from scratch by the engineering team at Telegenic, supported by Sony's Professional Services division.
Sky's 3D trials started back in May 2008 with the Hatton/Lazcano fight in Manchester, recorded in 3D and later transmitted over the network's existing infrastructure. Most recently in November 2009, Sony supported Sky in the most extensive 3D tests to date, covering the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena. Other trial and demonstration broadcasts are expected in the very near future.
The new vehicle will enable Sky not only to record and transmit events in 3D, but also handle live transmissions, using Sony cameras, vision mixer and a custom-designed 3D processor box.
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All of this will enable 3D to be broadcast on the existing Sky+HD plaform, as well as permitting monitoring and correcting live 3D signals in the truck.
Sony Professional also has an order for a new full-3D cine-enabled HD video production truck for All Mobile Video.
That unit should be completed this summer, and is expected to handle a range of projects from sports to live events and entertainment.
We're expecting a big announcement about Sky 3D TV at midnight tonight, so keep checking our News channel for updates.