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3D Olympics Today in Los Angeles

The LA 3-D Club is hosting today (Sunday April 21, 2013) a special presentation on last Summer's 3D stereoscopic broadcast of the London Olympic Games.

The LA 3-D Club Event is taking place at The Downtown Independent. The coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games in 3D is presented by Jim DeFilippis, broadcast engineering consultant on the London 2012 Olympics.

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A large Production with 275 Hours of 3D

In the past, 3D coverage was only available on a closed circuit basis of limited events. During the 2012 Olympics, the host broadcaster (Olympic Broadcast Services) operated a stereoscopic 3D channel consisting of the opening and closing ceremonies, multiple sports, both live and near live coverage, and produced over 275 hours of 3D stereoscopic programming. The Olympic 3D channel was available to all the rights holding broadcasters including: BBC, Eurovision, SkyItalia, Nine Network Australia, Japan Pool, NBC and others.

Tech Bits

The core of the 3D coverage was provided from three mobile production units and six single camera field production units. A variety of stereoscopic rigs were used in each of four venues alongside the Panasonic ENG/EFP P2 3D Camcorder.

Some special stereo cameras were also used including: pole cameras, rail cameras, RF cameras and underwater cameras. Jim will present the unique challenges in providing 3D coverage, from organizing the 3D channel as well as the technical challenge of covering sports in 3D while accommodating the full-up 2D production with an emphasis on what worked and what did not.


  • $5 at the door for current LA3DClub members
  • $10 at the door for non-members (admission is waived with USC Student ID)
  • When: Sunday, April 21, 6:30 pm
  • Where: Downtown Independent Theater 251 S. Main St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA

Note: Paid parking is available at many parking lots in the adjacent area and street parking is free on Sundays. The theater is also only several blocks from the MTA Red Line.


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Source: Eric Kurland 3-D Director/Consultant President, LA 3-D Club Los Angeles