Sony Pictures Television Will Produce Several Pilots in 4K Ultra HD

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Sony is taking the lead with Ultra HD content creation

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) plans to produce several pilots in 4K Ultra HD this season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Since dozens of Ultra HDTV’s were showcased earlier this year at CES, interest in 4K content has intensified, and Sony is aggressively pursuing 4K content creation.

“My guess is we’ll be doing half a dozen shows in 4K if they are picked up,” SPT senior vp technical operations Phil Squyres said Tuesday at the Hollywood Post Alliance Tech Retreat at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells.

Squyres also mentioned that the directors of photography for each of the shows had chosen, or were exploring different 4K Ultra HD cameras, including the Sony F65 and F55.

SPT has already produced programs in 4K, including the FX drama Justified, which was shot with the Red Epic camera; CBS’s drama, Made in Jersey, which was shot with the Sony F65 and later canceled; and AMC’s drama, Breaking Bad, which was shot on 35 mm film and reportedly costs $3 million per episode.

The Sony F65 camera is also used for Showtime’s Masters of Sex, NBC’s Save Me, and Michael J. Fox’s comedy pilot on NBC. All of which are created at the Sony Colorworks post-production office in Culver City.

In late January, Colorworks launched a 4K TV post division, which was equipped with a technical pipeline that Bob Bailey, Colorworks’ senior vp sales, said would enable 4K episodes to be made on the same schedule as HD episodes.

Knowing that 4K production involves very large amounts of data, Bailey told The Hollywood Reporter that Colorworks will plans share the data costs with clients. Colorworks will provide production storage, and clients will pay for archive storage, in the form of LTO tapes. The latest iteration of LTO 6 tapes can hold 2.5 TB of raw data or 6.25 TB of compressed data on one cartridge.

Bring on the Ultra HD, we’re ready.

– via The Hollywood Reporter

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