Shepperton Studios, 25 June 2015 – A 360 degree video recording system from Arithmetica has been used to create an educational yet entertaining 360 film about the wanton excesses of Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace. Forming part of the Historic Royal Palaces Tudors on Tour event, the 360 degree interactive cinema experience explores the working kitchens, wine cellar and fine decorations of Hampton Court, inviting the audience to gather evidence of the King’s excessive spending for the treasury.
Created by specialist production company TX, using a SphereVision 360 degree recording and production system, the fifteen minute film was first debuted at Tatton Park in Cheshire, where nearly 4,000 children immersed themselves in the digital 360 degree pop up cinema from Igloo Vision on the first day alone. Tudors on Tour, including the SphereVision film, will return to
the Tower of London from 23-26 July 2015.
“Working in 360 degrees allows us to create an environment that really interacts with the audience, in this case immersing them in Henry VIII’s extravagant Hampton Court,” commented Tracey Manasseh, a specialist 360 producer working with SphereVision. “From the moment they step into the Palace’s courtyard until they outwit the King’s guards to make their escape, the audience is captivated and engaged by the 360 degree scene.”
The 360 degree representation of Hampton Court was filmed by TX using a SphereVision recording system in just three days on location at Hampton Court. The opening scenes feature a lone Tudor nobleman who conspiratorially invites the audience to collect evidence of Henry VIII’s excessive spending.
The film transports watchers to the Palace’s kitchens where they turn meat on a spit and help a struggling kitchen hand identify exotic ingredients such as lemons, apricots and peppercorns, before whisking them into the King’s palatial wine cellars. Aimed at four-six year olds, the interactive experience continues with the audience learning how to bow, curtsy and even dance, before ending with the nobleman testing them on what evidence they have uncovered.
“The SphereVision 360 video recording, production and playback system is easy to use, from onsite filming to the end user sitting at his computer or, in this case, watching in a pop up cinema,” 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. www.spherevision.com
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 presentation. www.arithmetica.com
Transmission (TX) Ltd was formed in 1989. With more than 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. www.ttx.co.uk