Frankel joins The Hobbit in super High Def

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A RED Epic camera.
A RED Epic camera.

Frankel’s final race at Ascot today will be captured for posterity at a level that is six times the resolution of High Definition.

In a broadcast first for racing, a feature film of QIPCO British Champions Day and Frankel will be shot using six special RED Epic cameras that can produce 5K resolution, a level that is six times that of normal High Definition, and shoot at up to 120 frames per second.

It is being filmed by dedicated racing channel At The Races.

The footage of QIPCO British Champions Day and Frankel will be shot using six special RED Epic cameras that can produce 5K resolution, a level that is six times that of normal High Definition, and shoot at up to 120 frames per second.

The RED Epic cameras are the same as those used by renowned director Peter Jackson to film his high-profile forthcoming Hobbit motion pictures.

The same digital technology was also used recently to film Felix Baumgartner’s supersonic, freefall altitude record sky dive from 120,000ft as well as the final flight and landing at Los Angeles airport of Space Shuttle Endeavour.

Frankel cruises to a 13-length victory in a Doncaster Conditions stakes on his second start
Frankel. © RacingKel

The footage of QIPCO British Champions Day will include ultra slow motion shots from six cameras located at strategic positions around the racecourse. Two cameras will be mounted on dedicated tracking vehicles allowing viewers to see the great Frankel as never before.

The feature production will be overseen by At The Races Executive Producer, Rob Dakin, and managed and executed by ATR partners, CAN Communicate. Funding for the project has been met by At The Races with a contribution from Racing For Change.

Matthew Imi, Chief Executive, said: “The exceptional quality and high frame rates delivered by these cameras will enable us to record a piece of film that is a long lasting and fitting tribute to one of horse racing’s greatest ever stars.

“It will also help us showcase Ascot Racecourse and QIPCO British Champions Day in the best possible way using the latest in digital cinema technology. [This] should prove to be a historic day for racing and we felt this was an opportunity worth investing in for the benefit of Ascot, the QIPCO British Champions Series and British racing generally.”

 

 

 

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