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Client: Goodwood Estate / Aurora Media Worldwide

Goodwood Festival of Speed went 3D in 2012 as Cloudbass were approached to turn their 2D big screen graphics into 3D graphics when Sky 3D confirmed they were to broadcast 'Britain’s Premier Motor Racing Event'.

Held on the estate of Lord March in Sussex, the event known as “the largest motoring garden party in the world” has an attendance of over 150,000 people. The TV coverage captures many of the world’s top racing drivers (including Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton & Sebastian Vettel) at high speed in vehicles ranging from four Pre-World War 1 cars to last year's Formula One cars. Working alongside official timekeepers, Timing Solutions Ltd (TSL), this was the fourth year that the Cloudbass team had worked on Festival of Speed using Viz Artist, Trio and bespoke TSL software onsite.

The broadcast is shown on multiple big screens along the 1.2 mile hillclimb course, whilst also being filmed for ITV and live Sky Sports coverage. With the addition of the Sky 3D coverage, the graphics team at Cloudbass had to produce graphics which would capture the thrill of cars streaking past the 3D cameras while also providing a 2D version for the big screens.

After an initial meeting at Goodwood and a visit from Sky Sports 3D Development Manager, Robin Broomfield, to the Cloudbass Graphics offices based at Pinewood Studios, we set out to make a new pack of graphics for the 3D coverage. Working along side the graphics team at Sky, including Sky Sports designer Colin Bucknell and engineer Dominic Hudson, we created a number of impactful stereoscopic scenes that could be used in both 2D and 3D environments, and well as interfacing with the data provider, TSL.

On site, and in conjunction with Sky’s 3D Vision Guarantee Kate Rutter, Cloudbass ensured the stereoscopic scenes were calibrated across two Vizrt machines to provide the correct 3D effect for both the Sky Presentation graphics and hillclimb graphics, where the “left eye” was then passed on through the 3D Telegenic truck to the Arqiva 2D truck for the big screen coverage. An additional Vizrt machine was used to provided big screen graphics for the Rally Stage and a Liveboard graphics machine was used for coverage of the new Goodwood Action Sports 'GAS' event, both in 2D.

Sky Sports broadcast two live shows, in high definition and 3D. The first, on Saturday evening, reviewed the festival so far and got up close and personal with some of the big names and celebrity guests attending the event. The second show, on Sunday afternoon, culminated with live coverage of the exciting Hillclimb Shootout event which included our 3D running clocks with target times, sectors and speed traps interfacing with data supplied by TSL. The 2012 winner Anthony Reid completed the climb in just 46.46 seconds, crossing the finish line at 131mph.

Both shows featured graphics produced by Cloudbass from our 3D presentation and hillclimb graphics machines, as well as a pre-rendered fly-through map of the course, generated in Adobe After Effects.

Acticle Published: 08/11/2012

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