The Vatican Television Center (CTV) was created in 1983. In November 1996 it was officially recognized as an organization fully associated with the Holy See. The principal aim of CTV is to contribute to spreading the universal message of the Gospel by using television to document the Pope’s pastoral ministry and the activities of the Apostolic See. The main services offered by CTV are the following: live broadcasts, production, archiving, and daily assistance to other broadcasters. Every year CTV conducts around 130 live broadcasts of events inside the Vatican (the Angelus, the Pope’s General Audience and other events or celebrations). In addition there are the live broadcasts associated with the Holy Father’s trips in Italy and abroad*.
On this special occasion the “Centro Televisivo Vaticano” (CTV) produced the “Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy” which is a major event in the Catholic Church, which commenced with the “Feast of Immaculate Conception” on 08.December, 2015 with the opening of the “Holy Door” (porta sancta). All four Papal Basilicas in Rome have such a holy door. The holy door is a symbol for those who enter will receive mercy and forgiveness’. Numerous cathedrals and churches around the globe have also opened their holy doors to the public during the twenty-seventh (27th) holy year.
The opening ceremony from the St. Peters Basilica was broadcasted live to a global audience; the ceremony was covered by eight (8) Sony HDC-4300 cameras in combination with a total of eight (8) 4K UHD Fujinon lenses (3x) UA80x9 (9-1440mm) and (5x) UA22x8 (8-352mm) lenses positioned in and around St. Peters Basilica. In addition, to seven (7) Sony F-55 cameras with PL-mount 4K Fujinon ZK-Series lenses (range up to 300mm).
Mr. Stefano D’Agostini (Technical Director – CTV) comments: “After closely following technological advancements in recent years; CTV decided that it was time to upgrade its outside broadcast acquisition infrastructure to the new 4K UHD format in light of the “Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy”. Our target is to provide the best viewing experience to our global audience. This can only be achieved with cutting edge acquisition technology. That’s why CTV selected 4K 2/3” Sony HDC-4300 cameras and 4K Fujinon UA80x9 & UA22x8 lenses which have a very high dynamic range (HDR) which contributes to the desired look and image purity which is essential in 4K HDR broadcast productions.
Mr. Djamel Djadi (Regional Sales Manager-Fujifilm) stated: “We feel honored to have been part of this prestigious project. The cooperation with CTV and Sony Italy was more than excellent. As we delivered the most advanced optical technology with the most attractive after sales-service package”
The UA80x9 (9-1440mm) with OS-TECH (optically stabilized) and UA22x8 (8-352mm) next generation 2/3-inch 4K UHD broadcast zoom lenses with 16-Bit encoders are compatible with 4K cameras. The applied EBC coating (electron beam) and “floating focus systems” which control multiple lens groups according to the shooting distance, delivering high-resolution, high dynamic range images thru the entire focal range, from close-up to infinity; enabling 4K HDR video production with a realistic visual sensation with premium picture quality.
Fujifilm will continue to tap into its optical, high precision forming and assembling technologies that have been nurtured over many years to develop and supply innovative products that address the diversifying needs of broadcasting production. Fujifilm has been engaged in the development and production of Fujinon TV & Cine lenses for over 50 years, enabling exceptional content creation around the globe. As a three-time recipient of the prestigious “Emmy Award” for outstanding technological developments, the “IF Design Award” and “Red Dot Design Award”- Fujinon broadcast & cine lenses have repeatedly set the benchmark in the evolution of optical technology.