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Sir Bu Naair Dhow Race

17 Jun 2008

Animation Research Limited has just completed successful testing in Dubai for what is arguably one of the richest yacht races in the world. The annual Sir Bu Naair Dhow boat race off the coast of Dubai featured over one hundred of the traditional sailing boats with prize money in excess of $2.5 million. The wooden dhows are capable of speed in excess of 20 knots and this year, for the first time, they were tracked using the technology that has been used by ARL since 1992 on the Americas Cup, The Volvo Ocean Race and the World Match Racing Tour. 'It was a real eye opener,' says Paul Sharp (ARL programmer/developer). 'You think you have seen it all with an event like the Americas Cup and the wealth that surrounds it, and then you experience an event like this. The dhows seemed to turn up out of nowhere, line up at the start line out in the Gulf and 6 -7 hours later they are handing out prize money in excess of $2 million! It was amazing.'

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The trial came at the request of the Dubai International Marine Club after a team from ARL had earlier completed successful tracking of 12 off shore power boats at the WPPA Class 3 Power Boat Championship, another major international event staged by the DIMC. 'The team had to pull both trials together at very short notice but they went extremely well' says ARL Managing Director Ian Taylor. 'We have now been asked to gear up to track a combination of 30 Class 1 and Class 3 power boats at the end of this year as well as the entire 100 plus fleet of dhows for next years race. '

Aoraki, Mt Cook in 3D

17 Feb 2008

Local and international visitors to the new Sir Edmund Hillary Alpine Centre at Aoraki Mount Cook can now experience an unforgettable journey from the explosive Big Bang to the midst of the majestic Southern Alps, all without leaving the seats of its brand new 3D theatre. The spectacular 15min 3D film, takes the audience from the explosive beginnings of time, through the mystical Ngai Tahu Maori legend of Aoraki and on into the dramatic landscape of Aoraki Mt Cook. The film blends computer animation with stereoscopic footage to immerse the audience amongst the high peaks and glaciers of the Aoraki Mt Cook National Park in an inspiring 3D cinematic experience unlike any other.

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The 3D project was a long time dream of Animation Research Limited CEO Ian Taylor - “This is a project I have been thinking about for a really long time, but without the vision and support of the Valentine and Davies families of The Hermitage, it could never have been achieved. We knew we could create the technology and had the people to make the vision a reality, but had no prior examples of this kind of work to show them. They backed the idea from the start and told us to go for it. That wouldn't happen anywhere else.” The Film was directed by Emmy Award winning cameraman Mike Single, the music was composed by highly regarded musician Neville Copland, and CGI post-production was done by the Video Factory in their dedicated 3D Stereoscopic edit suite.

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