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BBC to broadcast Planet Dinosaur & Last Night of Proms in 3D

BBC to broadcast Planet Dinosaur & Last Night of Proms in 3D
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Staff Reporter
03 July 2012

This summer, BBC One’s Planet Dinosaur and the Last Night of the Proms will be broadcast for the first time in 3D on the BBC’s HD Channel.

These two broadcasts, together with selected coverage of Wimbledon and the Olympics, are part of the BBC’s two-year trial experimenting with 3D production and distribution.

Planet Dinosaur 3D, scheduled to air in August 2012 is adapted from the BBC One series produced by BBC Science together with Jellyfish Pictures. The entirely animated programme has been worked on by a specialist team of stereographers who are aiming to give the 3D experience maximum impact, while retaining the factual story.

On 8 September, the BBC will broadcast the Last Night of the Proms in 3D, using eight specialist cameras. With key camera positions in front of the conductor, and a remote camera within the orchestra that rotates to 180 degrees and can pan and tilt, the recording is designed to give a 3D view of every individual instrument.

With Wimbledon entering its second week, selected coverage of the ladies’ and men’s singles finals will be shown in 3D this weekend, following the same pattern as last year. Key cameras will be positioned courtside.

There will also be live coverage of the Olympics in 3D, including the opening and closing ceremonies, the Men’s 100m final, and a highlights package at the end of day.

Head of BBC 3D Kim Shillinglaw says, “Our recent announcement around Wimbledon and the London 2012 Olympics will provide a test-bed for what works around major sporting events, but we were keen to build our experience across a selection of genres. Bringing Planet Dinosaur and the Last Night of the Proms to audiences enable us to test the technology across various genres and establish where 3D really enhances the viewers’ experience.”

The free-to-air broadcast of these events in 3D will be available to anyone who has access to a 3D TV set and to the BBC HD Channel, regardless of which digital TV provider they use.

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