I-Movix freezes time for Sky at Hickstead
Rewinding slightly, for the second year in a row Editec’s I-Movix Vvs ultra slo mo system has been used on some of Sky Sports’ blue riband equestrian events, including the Horse of the Year Show and show-jumping from Hickstead.
During the Hickstead events, the system was used with a variety of frame rates, sometimes as high as 2000fps. The NEC HOYS event was indoors, so the lighting levels restricted use of the higher frame rates – still, the camera and system performance allowed shooting at around a remarkable 750 fps.
Steve Cotterill, MD of Editec Ltd said “We are very pleased to have the repeat business from our major client Sky Sports. The I-Movix system comes into its own on these events, with superb high speed and low light performance. Other systems would struggle to produce clean pictures even at at 250 fps. Director Phil Murphy, a long standing Editec customer commented “I-Movix allows you to witness sporting moments the human eye cannot detect.”
Cotterill added: “The camera system in itself is superb, but the skills of the operational and engineering staff at these events add further to the results achieved – credit due to Ben Seaman, freelance cameraman, and Ian Nisbett, senior vision engineer.”
In a reference to the benefits of the technology Daisy Bunn, who is one of the Hickstead Directors, states on the Hickstead website: “We are delighted to have Sky Sports as our host broadcaster at Hickstead. Since they turned their hand to showjumping coverage nearly a decade ago, they have been single handedly responsible for exposing an entirely new audience to the sport, with their innovative, exciting and ground breaking coverage. Constantly introducing new technologies, they have produced never-seen-before footage of the sport, and indeed even the physical anatomy of the horse in motion.”