Fire-i Software in Olympics Video
You saw it everyday on TV, introducing retransmissions of Athens 2004 Olympic Events…. Unibrain’s Fire-i™ Software was used inside.
Unibrain provided its Fire-i™ software and the FireWire networking hardware to Movia company to ensure simultaneous live acquisition of unlimited number of FireWire Digital cameras.
Movia is a special effects company that produces astonishing visuals by using Digital Air’s technology. It was commissioned to produce some of the scenes used in the opening sequence of the Olympics.
About Unibrain: Unibrain is a global leader in the development of FireWire (IEEE-1394) hardware and software solutions, and offers a complete line of FireWire computer and consumer products for a wide range of applications. Unibrain has been an active member of the 1394 Trade Association since 1997 and continues to play a vital role in the advancement of FireWire technology. For more information call +30-1-6640600 (Unibrain S.A. Europe) or visit the company’s website.
About Movia: Movia combines Digital Air’s technology and production experience to provide digital camera array production and post production services. Movia was created to extend the range of Digital Air’s Timetrack film-based visual effects services to include live digital broadcasts, gaming, 3D, and interactive applications in addition to digital visual effects.
To achieve the desired effect of freezing time while camera still moves around the subject, Movia technicians use multiple cameras that surround the subject and record at the same time from all angles.
The cameras are set in a circular pattern around the action and start recording simultaneously from all angles.
Then the movies are transferred to a computer for further manipulation.
About the cooperation: Unibrain has been cooperating with Movia for years to help in the development of digital camera arrays using FireWire technology. Unibrain contributed mainly with FireWire cables, FireWire repeaters, and most of all, its high end Fire-i™ Imaging and Acquisition Software .
About the shooting: Before the Athens Olympics, North One Television and Sixfootsix (on behalf of the International Olympic Committee and of Athens Olympic Broadcasting), commissioned Movia to create some of the scenes to be used in the opening title sequence of the Olympics.