Broadcasting the world-famous El Clásico in 4K

The Panasonic AK-UC3000 has been used by Mediapro for the first live 4K broadcast of the Barcelona vs Real Madrid El Clásico match.

One of the biggest club matches in world football, El Clásico is broadcast in 170 countries, with an estimated audience of 600 million viewers. Mediapro deployed more than 300 professionals and seven OB trucks, one of them equipped with eight Panasonic 4K cameras, for the live 4K broadcast.

In November 2015, in response to a commitment by LaLiga to offer the most spectacular football in the highest broadcast quality, Mediapro trialled ten of the new 4K studio cameras, at the first El Clásico match of the season at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, with outstanding results.

For the return clash at Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium, the AK-UC3000 was again selected alongside a new ROP control panel, jointly developed with Mediapro, which meant new functionality, higher quality and greater versatility.

4K coverage of El Clasico from Panasonic
El Clásico is enjoyed by 600 million viewers in 170 countries.
Panasonic AK-UC3000 studio camera

“Panasonic listened to us as customers and implemented the things we needed in our day-to-day production, things that we thought were necessary in order to carry out production normally. For example, a gamma curve devoted to sports has been introduced. They have also upgraded the actual hardware too, with additional outputs, which are very useful for installations using mobile units.”

Dani Lozano, El Clásico Producer at Mediapro

4K coverage of El Clasico from Panasonic
Panasonic’s 4K capabilities created a true footballing spectacular.

Kick-starting 4K production

Toni Feliú, Senior Manager for ProAV at Panasonic Spain, said, “Because the costs are moderate, the installation simple, and the integration with third party products is very convenient, we hope that the Barcelona-Real Madrid game will be a kick start for high-end 4K production in Spain.”

“4K is not something for the future, it is something for the present. I think that for companies like us, production in 4K is becoming the norm,” added Dani Lozano.

Claudio Vázquez, OB Vans Technical coordinator at Mediapro, said, “We worked with Panasonic to develop a new control panel – the ROP. It gives us access to something that makes our job easier and offers the operator versatility, facilitating their work. We had great support whilst working with Panasonic and, because it is a shared design, they continue to offer us support.”

The UC3000 is a compact studio camera that is compatible with B4 mount lenses. It features a balance between the various image quality parameters: high sensitivity, signal-to-noise ratio, high resolution, and a wide dynamic range.

What was the technology used?
Panasonic AK-UC3000 studio camera

AK-UC3000 4K Studio Camera

  • Supports 4K and HD acquisition simultaneously. HD output from camera (3G-SDI): 1080/59.94p, 50p, 59.94i, 50i, 29.97psF, 25psF, 23.98p over 59.94i
  • Delivers high sense sensitivity of F10 (59.94Hz), F11 (50Hz).
  • Equipped with a CAC (Chromatic Aberration Compensation) function capable of correcting even slight chromatic aberration at the lens periphery.
  • The DRS (Dynamic Range Stretch) function suppresses blocked shadows and blown highlights. Black gamma function for independent colour settings in dark areas.  
  • The V-REC, F-REC function provides powerful support in digital cinema production.