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Arithmetica’s Spherevision Rolling Video Shows Welsh Highland Railway in 360

Matt Ball on February 24, 2015 - in Corporate, Modeling, Rail

Shepperton Studios, Feb. 24, 2015 – A 360 degree video  recording system
from Arithmetica has been used to document an award winning  heritage
railway and popular tourist attraction in Wales. The Spherevision  recording
system, operated by specialist production company TX, used 360 degree  spherical
cameras mounted in various positions on a railway locomotive  travelling
the 25 mile course of the Welsh Highland Railway. During three days  of
filming multiple views of the journey from Porthmadog to Caernarfon were  captured
and then processed using Spherevision software. The resulting  interactive
DVD is now available to purchase from Amazon or as a download as an  app.

“The Welsh Highland Railway offered an unrivalled opportunity  to
demonstrate the capability of the Spherevision 360 video recording and  playback
solution,” commented Tracey Manasseh a specialist 360 producer working  with
Spherevision. “With some of the most beautiful sites in the UK the
multifaceted experience allows the user to view the journey from every  possible
aspect. From riding the footplate to sitting trackside, the interactive  DVD
allows you jump to any party of the journey; zooming in and out and panning
around the captured scenes as if you were there.”

During three days  of on-site filming a number of 360 degree spherical
cameras were mounted on the  Welsh Highland Railways Beyer Garratt 138 steam
locomotive. Views from inside  the cab and carriages were complemented with 360
degree images from alongside  the front wheels, on the locomotive’s
footplate, on top of the engine as well as  trackside views and recording from
bridges. The recorded footage was processed  using Spherevision software to
create a fully interactive digital experience  which allows users to play and
interact with the 360 degree video experiencing  all aspects of the scenic

The ‘Welsh Highland Railway –  360 Interactive Journey’ is available to
purchase as a two disc boxed set DVD  from Amazon or to download as an Android
app from play.google.com. The second  disc provides a non-interactive
Director’s view of the journey suitable for use  in any standard DVD player.
Online reviews include ‘Watched it again and again –  always something new to
spot’ and ‘It was interesting to be able to switch views  at will and
commend the railway for the idea. Well worth the  money’.

“The Spherevision 360  video recording and playback system is easy to use
from onsite filming to the  end user sitting at their computer,” continued
Manasseh. “It has enormous  potential for a range of applications beyond the
tourism and heritage markets  including security, site management, risk
assessment as well as health and  safety management and training.”

Spherevision is Europe’s leading brand for spherical  and 360 degree video
solutions. 360 video systems are able to record a  real-world environment in
all directions at the same time, capturing every  aspect of the scene in
one go. When the video is played back – on a laptop,  mobile device or over
the Internet – viewers can pan around the image, moving  through and exploring
the site as if they were there. Footage can be integrated  with floor and
site plans using the company’s innovative software and the  high-resolution
360 imagery can also be integrated with online mapping.


Arithmetica is an innovator in  360-degree imaging solutions and automated
laser scanning data processing  software.  Located at the world famous
Shepperton Studios near London,  Arithmetica is the company behind SphereVision
and Pointfuse. Arithmetica is an  inventive software house that develops
ground breaking software solutions to  solve real world scientific, medical and
engineering problems. Arithmetica  builds on more than thirty years of
television and film production to develop  software for clients around the world.
Arithmetica solutions handle complex data  rich information and are simple
and easy to use.

Arithmetica’s  wide-ranging experience and capabilities include: image
analysis and computer  vision for industrial and biomedical fields, massively
parallel computation,  multimedia data compression, data mining and machine
learning, Monte-Carlo  methods, traffic simulation, mathematical optimisation
used in conceptual  aircraft design, statistical estimation, computational
fluid dynamics applied to  aerofoil optimisation, nonlinear variable demand
economics models involving  millions of variables, finite element
electromagnetic analysis, spherical image  processing and 360-degree video


Transmission (TX)  Ltd was formed in 1989. With over 20 years’ experience
of supplying high end  equipment/ facilities, specialised systems and
experienced crews to the  broadcast industry TX provide everything from High
Definition multi-camera  systems for dramas, compact remote HD camera and Mini Cam
systems, Underwater  and Onboard camera units for factual programme making,
360 video and spherical  camera systems for online media and IPTV, extreme
Mini Cam rigs for hazardous  environments and RF & fibre optic links to get
your signals where they need  to go.

TX work with all digital recording formats and our  specialist systems
include time-lapse, high speed, IR and thermal technologies.  Leaders in their
field the expertise, innovative ideas, engineering skills and  consultancy of
TX are available to give any production the very best service,  anywhere in
the world.


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