Sony is partnering with FIFA to trial a live 4K production workflow at the Confederations Cup in Brazil later this year.

The plan is to test the processes involved in capturing and delivering live 4K content, although the footage won’t be delivered to an external audience.

Sony said the focus of the trials will be on the technical and creative aspects of using 4K technology in a live sports environment.

Sony head of business development for 3D, 4K and sports Mark Grinyer said: “While various aspects of 4K broadcasting have been built and tried before, this trial will be a first in terms of the scope of production for live sports production.

“The FIFA Confederations Cup is going to be an important milestone for the future of 4K.”

Sony and FIFA will produce three matches at the Belo Horizonte ground using a 4K mobile production unit supplied by Telegenic.