Hi-Vision devices used to be bulkier and less mobile than regular TV equipment, but there have been sharp reduction in their size and tangible improvement in their functions and mobility. Moreover, their price has come down significantly in recent years. This paper outlines the current situation and progress being made in the research and development of Hi-Vision equipment that is rapidly approaching regular NTSC equipment in function and operational ease.
NHK produced the Hi-vision drama program "The Last Bullet" co-produced with Australia・Channel 9 and FFC (Film Financing Committee, the Australian government agency). All the part of this program is shot with Hi-vision camera. Off-line editing has been done in Australia with the Non-linear editing machine. After off-line editing, on-line editing, on-line editing has been done in NHK with Hi-vision editing system and audio post production has also been done in NHK. The final Hi-vision tape was transferred to PAL for Australia and to NTSC for NHK.
A 600-inch superwide 3D-HDTV opera was used to show an opera program in Nagoya last May. Its three dimentional production system allowed viewers to watch the program more than 50-minutes long, without eye strain. The project showed greate success in achieving suitable brightness for 3D superwide display, a natural stereoscopic effect, and good audio-visual conditions in every part of the large hall.
'1995 World Gymnastic Championships in Sabae', which was held for the first time in Asia, opened at Sun Dome Fukui on October 1st with the participation of around 900 athletes from 56 nations and regions. NHK produced International Signals as a host broadcaster. This report deseribes the outline and 'Multimotion' which was newly developed and effectively used for the production.
Praying 50th year of the victims of the atomic bomb explosion, Nagasaki had a peace memorial concert at Urakami Cathedral on June 13 and 14,1995. With HDTV, NHK Nagasaki videotaped the Whole performance, Mahler's second symphony "Revival", by the New Japan Philharmony Symphony Orchestra with conductor Seiji Ozawa. Our principal effort for recording was to keep a solemn atmosphers of the cathedral. For that reason, we set handmade hanging microphone as well as 5 cameras. At the beginning we concerned that HDTV screen would not be suitable for the cathedral's high ceiling, but it turned out opposite. HDTV even achieved the gleam fro the stained grass.