On today, the 15th of May, NOS carried out the first international holographic transmission using 5G
in Portugal. At this pioneering moment, the director of Top Gun: Maverick, Joseph Kosinski, was
transported as a hologram from London to Lisbon for him to take part in a press conference about
the launch of the film in Portugal, distributed by NOS Audiovisuals.
Joseph Kosinski made the 1,500 kilometre journey between London and Lisbon in milliseconds. A
journey at the speed of 5G, to interact in real time with the audience about one of the most awaited
films of the year.
The holographic operation involved installing technological and stage infrastructure in both countries.
In London, a stage scene was set up made of a carbon nanotube substance called Vantablack,
known as the “darkest substance in the world”, capable of absorbing more than 99% of light. The
images were captured using a 4K HD camera and transmitted instantaneously to Portugal using the
NOS 5G network.
In Lisbon, the image was transmitted in Full HD 1080 resolution, using the most sophisticated high
speed HD codecs, each one able to codify and de-codify 30/60 frames per second in less than 75
NOS’ extremely high 5G speed in the Alvaláxia cinema, reaching more than 1Gbps, together with
almost zero latency, enabled the public to interact with the film director as though he was in the
cinema theatre, without any faults or delays. Being a mobile technology, 5G also gave operational
flexibility to the solution, as it allowed the installation to be made without the need for fixed
infrastructure, making the process simpler and faster.
“Today, NOS took another important step to make 5G a reality in Portugal. Thanks to the infinite
possibilities of this technology, it was possible to shorten distances, bring people closer together and
make something come true which until now seemed impossible. To see Joseph Kosinski interact
with a theatre full of people and feel his presence as if he was actually here, was absolutely
fascinating. This is the true power of the technology and it is to provide this kind of experience that
we work every day”, says Jorge Graça, CTO.
To create this hologram, NOS was supported by the international company Musion, a specialist in
holographic technology, and which has been perfecting this technique over the last few years. Its CV includes work
for Gorillaz, Mariah Carey, Dita Von Teese, or even Tupac, at a time when he became famous at the Coachella festival.
This technological project involved more than 120 hours of set up and technical installations, and
more than 100 professionals, including the NOS, Musion, Paramount US and Paramount EMEA
Top Gun: Maverick will have its premier on the 26th of May, NOS being the distribution partner of
Paramount Pictures in Portugal.
In ‘TOP GUN: MAVERICK’
, after 30 years of service, Pete ‘Maverick is where he should be, flying at the edge
as a test pilot and training a group of Top Gun graduates for a special mission. Here, Maverick meets
Lieutenant Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), code name ‘Rooster’, the son of a dead friend: Lieutenant Nick
Bradshaw, code name “Goose”. Maverick has to confront his deepest fears, culminating in a mission that
demands the sacrifice of those who were chosen to fly in it.
Joseph Kosinski (‘TRON: Legacy’ e ‘Oblivion’), ‘TOP GUN: MAVERICK’
, is produced by Jerry
Bruckheimer (‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales’) and David Ellison (‘Gemini Man’) with the
main actors being Tom Cruise (‘Mission: Impossible – Fallout’), Miles Teller (‘Whiplash’), Jennifer Connelly
(Oscar® winner in ‘A Beautiful Mind’), Jon Hamm (‘Bad Times at the El Royale’), Glen Powell (‘Hidden
Figures’), Lewis Pullman (‘The Strangers – Prey at Night’) and Ed Harris (nominated four times for the Oscars®,
‘Apollo 13’, ‘The Truman Show’, ‘Pollock’ and ‘The Hours’).