The Cineflex camera at Forsyth Barr Stadium earlier this week with (from left) Animation Research Ltd sailing operations manager John Rendall and cricket operations manager Troy McNeill. Photo by Craig Baxter.
A camera system worth nearly $1 million and capable of
allowing a video referee to instantly rule on a forward pass
or offside is being tested in Dunedin.
Animation Research Ltd (ARL) managing director Ian Taylor
said the Cineflex camera system was most recently mounted on
a helicopter and captured the live America's Cup racing,
utilising ARL overlaid graphics.
The camera was on loan, free of charge, from Amis Productions
for three months.
The English production company was not using it between the
America's Cup and the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.
ARL would use the camera to build a ''forward pass line''
graphic for a live rugby broadcast.
''So you can tell straight away if the ball was forward or if
somebody was offside,'' Mr Taylor said.
Sailing operations manager John Rendall (26) said the 31kg
camera was airfreighted to Dunedin after the America's Cup in
The ''beauty'' of the stabilised camera was being able to
operate it by remote control, he said.
Graphics were harder to sync to a live broadcast captured by
a manually operated camera.
''The cool thing about the Cineflex is it's got some serious
kit and you can make it look like it's human controlled, once
you can drive it.''
The team tested the camera for two hours this week at Forsyth
Barr Stadium before having to turn it off because of an All
Black training session.
The ''initial understanding and learning'' of the camera
would reveal what sorts of graphics could be created.
''So many ideas will come when we see the true potential of
Already the company is working on its potential for use in
Cricket operations manager Troy McNeill (36) said new
graphics would be created and tested with the camera before
the start of the Ashes series in Australia next month.
They would probably include ''a lot of the stuff we probably
haven't thought of yet''.