Peter Gabriel So real in 4K


4K footage of Peter Gabriel’s sell-out ‘Back To Front’ tour was captured over two shows this week at London’s 02, making use of an array of Sony F55 cameras.

Currently celebrating the 25th anniversary of his landmark multi-platinum album So, Peter Gabriel brought his ‘Back To Front: So LIVE’ tour back to the UK, with two dates at The O2 on the 21st and 22nd of October.

Gabriels’ Real World label, co-producing with Done & Dusted Productions and ERP Productions – and facilities company CTV – worked with Sony to plan and support the multi-camera shoot.

This week’s two concerts at the O2 used a total of ten Sony PMW-F55 cameras to capture the live spectacular in 4K, with the goal of making the viewer feel like they’re front of stage. Sony said the recording marked another milestone in the expansion of 4K production beyond the digital cinema industry. Sony’s full workflow included the supply of R5 and SR-R1000 recorders, as well as technical consultancy and support to record the two day shoot.

Sony said the shoot took advantage of the F55’s exceptional high sensitivity and colour reproduction to produce captivating RAW 4K footage, in what represents the first large-scale 4K multi-camera concert recordings to be captured in RAW to date.


“With live events becoming as much about the overall spectacle as the music itself, production teams and artists are continually striving to push new audio and visual boundaries in creative performance,” explained David Bush, Marketing Director, Sony Europe. “Shooting his latest concert in 4K and utilising the most innovative technologies, Peter Gabriel is once more raising the bar for what is possible. Using our ground-breaking PMW-F55 cameras and R5 Recorders, his concert at the O2 will be captured in incredible richness; capturing this unique concert experience in 4k will ensure that fans and viewers will be able to re-live – whether in the cinema or living-room – a stunningly life-like visual recreation.

“We’ve always enjoyed working at the cutting edge of video technology, whether HD in 2002/3, 3D in 2010 and now 4K,” said Mike Large, COO of Real World Holdings.  “Peter has always looked for the best technology to immerse his audience in the show and the music and 4K is the next step on that journey.  We’re very grateful to Sony for all the help and expertise they’ve given for this production.”

Real World is continuing its collaboration with Eagle Rock Entertainment in making distribution plans for the film in 2014.

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