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Last Updated: Tuesday, 31 January 2006, 10:20 GMT
A different view
StroMotion figure skater
A figure skater is given the StroMotion treatment

British viewers will be able to watch innovative technology during February's Winter Olympics.

The BBC will be using StroMotion and SimulCam to complement its coverage of the Games being held in Turin.

StroMotion is a video image enhancement which can show athletes trajectories in frame-by-frame sequences.

And SimulCam will be able to compare athletes competing at different times over the same course by compositing them together.

The technology has been developed by Swiss company Dartfish.

It's essential for the viewers' enjoyment of winter sports that we help to explain and illustrate the skill of the athletes
Jonny Bramley

The special effects from StroMotion will be used in figure skating, snowboard half-pipe, alpine skiing, aerials skiing, and bobsleigh, luge and skeleton.

In figure skating for example, viewers will be able to see a competitor during a jump and will be able to analyse the technique and standard as the moving images will be broken down into a series of seemingly stationary images.

SimulCam will be mainly used in alpine skiing and bobsleigh, luge and skeleton.

BBC Sport for example will be able to show viewers how far ahead the winning downhill skier was compared to the runner-up by creating a single video which looks as though the two skiers were racing each other.

Jonny Bramley, the BBC's executive producer of the Turin Games, said: "BBC Sport is always seeking to innovate, and for the Winter Olympics we wanted to illustrate the very fine margins between a gold medal and no medal at all in sports which are often unfamiliar to UK viewers.

"StroMotion is a stunning visual aid which enables the viewer to see a unique view of a competitor's movements, breaking the sequence up so that it will be possible to see the four spins in a quad skating jump for example.

"SimulCam produces images which allow the viewer to see how two skiers would compare racing against each other, which can demonstrate clearly how a race is won or lost.

"We think it's essential for the viewers' enjoyment of winter sports that we help to explain and illustrate the skill of the athletes, and we think StroMotion and SimulCam will go a long way towards this."

Snowboarding in Stro-Mo


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