Thousands of pilgrims from around the world have converged in St.Peter Square in Rome on April 27th 2014 to see two of the 20th century’s most beloved Popes made saints together. The long-awaited canonisation ceremony of former Popes, John XXIII and John Paul II, presided over by Pope Francis, has represented an unprecedented event, also for its impressive media coverage. For the very first time, a media event on this scale has been shot in HD, 3D and 4K.
The event has been produced in 4K by the Vatican Television Centre (CTV) in partnership with SONY and with the technological support of equipment and personnel from DBW Communication. DBW Communication, remaining faithful to his mission to produce audiovisual contents and to provide services based on the use of the most advanced technology for cinema and television productions, shot the event with n.5 Sony PMW-F55 cameras. Such cameras have been placed in St Peter’s Square and connected to a 4K Ready OB Van, provided by DBW, by through an optical fiber transmission system designed by Sony. The position of the cameras and the choice of the lenses have been examined and chosen under the technical direction of CTV. The ceremony has been full broadcast live at the Paul VI Audience Hall in the Vatican. Moreover, DBW has realized the behind the scenes videos of the entire event with two dedicated crews, both in 3D and 4K.
The decision to record such an important event in HD, 3D and 4K arose from CTV’s desire to strengthen its position as a technology-oriented organization; building on a reputation it has achieved through past successes in this area. “The production of 4K content is a field that the Vatican Television Centre is very interested in, and we are focusing on the development of this new production technology. 4K is an excellent technological resource that helps us fulfill a significant part of our mission: to accurately document and preserve images of the Ministry of the Supreme Pontiff and the activities of the Holy See in high quality and for as long as possible”, stated Monsignor Dario E. Viganò, Director of the Vatican Television Centre.