Virtual Eye News

Virtual Eye - May 2017

Mid-May saw Virtual Eye Sailing in Scarlino Italy, covering the Rolex TP52 World Championship Scarlino 2017. Meanwhile, Virtual Eye Golf set up shop in the U.K., supplying graphics and tracking at the BMW PGA Championships at Wentworth Club. The America's Cup Qualifiers and Challenger Playoffs began in Bermuda on the 27th, and Virtual Eye is there for the duration of the 35th America's Cup.

Virtual Eye is also aiming to put you on-board an America's Cup boat. Recently, Radio New Zealand interviewed Virtual Eye CEO Ian Taylor, who described some of the challenges the company faced. "In Bermuda we're doing all the stuff that you'd normally expect, the tracking, the computer graphics, the mobile app... but the thing that's got us all excited is the potential for 360 VR. Imagine it, being on the back of one of those things flying at close to 50 knots, with another one chasing you... unbelievable. So we've had to build our own multi-camera rigs to go on the boats, get permission from the America's Cup people to put them on the boats, and there's so much data coming off the boats that we've had to design a whole logistical system as well."

Virtual Eye Systems Manager, John Jenkins, adds: "As a race starts a crew member pushes a button to start all the cameras simultaneously , they record for the duration of their battery life. When the race is finished we grab the unit off the boat, download the data from the cards and process it with our own software. We're hoping to have finished 360 video available within a 3 hour timeframe. There are rigs around that you can do this with, but we're hoping to get better quality stitching and a lot more definition in the video. We've built 2 units for the America's Cup... on the lead-up races we'll be testing the units, the America's Cup people will decide which boats they go on ultimately."

Above: A 360 degree video test, early on in the development cycle - onboard an AC45F with Oracle Team USA during the LVACWS event in Chicago 2016. (Watch on YouTube)

Virtual Eye - March 2017

In March, Virtual Eye Sailing set up shop in Florida for Miami Sailing Week, covering the Star Sailors League 2017 Bacardi Cup and the 52 Super Series Miami Royal Cup events. Meanwhile, Virtual Eye Cricket covered the New Zealand vs South Africa ODI and Test series in Napier, Auckland, Dunedin, Wellington and Hamilton. The Virtual Eye Golf team covered the ISPS Handa New Zealand Golf Open at Millbrook Resort and The Hills, and congratulates Michael Hendry, the first Kiwi to claim the title since 2003 after a three-way playoff.

Above: Virtual Eye at the 2017 Bacardi Cup

Virtual Eye News

  • August 2022 +

    Virtual Eye has set up camp in Australia for another season of Cricket, beginning with Read More
  • July 2022 +

    Virtual Eye visualized the right point break at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa for the Read More
  • June 2022 +

    The WSL Championship Tour use Virtual Eye to explain their locations, with the right point Read More
  • May 2022 +

    420 Major League Baseball games were played in May, with MLB Statcast3D used in all Read More
  • March/April 2022 +

    Tournaments on the PGA Tour and the PGA European Tour kept our remote Golf Operations Read More
  • February 2022 +

    Cricket and Golf continued to dominate our calendar in February, with concurrent PGA Tour and Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • 31
  • 32

VE News

  • August 2022 +

    Virtual Eye has set up camp in Australia for another season of Cricket, beginning with Read More
  • July 2022 +

    Virtual Eye visualized the right point break at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa for the Read More
  • June 2022 +

    The WSL Championship Tour use Virtual Eye to explain their locations, with the right point Read More
  • May 2022 +

    420 Major League Baseball games were played in May, with MLB Statcast3D used in all Read More
  • March/April 2022 +

    Tournaments on the PGA Tour and the PGA European Tour kept our remote Golf Operations Read More
  • February 2022 +

    Cricket and Golf continued to dominate our calendar in February, with concurrent PGA Tour and European... Read More
  • Summer 2021/22 +

    Our Golf and Cricket Operations teams merged over the Summer, swapping codes as needed to Read More
  • November 2021 +

    On November 11 we shut the office doors and held The Dowling Street Emmys - another Read More
  • October 2021 +

    Major League Baseball began postseason play in October, which included the Wild Card games, the Read More
  • September 2021 +

    The 140th year of Kiel Week, one of the largest sailing events in the world, Read More
  • August 2021 +

    Members of our Golf Remote Operations team impressed during New Zealand's latest lockdown... Read More
  • July 2021 +

    In July, the Major League Baseball calendar included the All Star Game and Home Run Read More
  • June 2021 +

    Congratulations to MLB Network, who were awarded the George Wensel Technical Achievement Award at the Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15

Advanced Shot Tracking by PGA TOUR

New digital experience
of every shot from
every player.

TOURCast logo

  • Cricket

    At Virtual Eye our approach has always been that technology should be used to enhance viewer…
    Read More
  • Golf

    Virtual Eye integrates seamlessly into any production, live or post produced. Our aim at Virtual...
    Read More
  • Motorsport

    Virtual Eye has been involved in the high-speed world of Motorsport since 2000 with the Race to the...
    Read More
  • Sailing

    The Virtual Eye sailing system (developed since 1992) has become a turnkey solution for events…
    Read More
  • Behind The Scenes

    Virtual Eye, a division of Animation Research Ltd (ARL), has changed Sports coverage into a multi-device spectator experience... Read More
  • Designed To Fly

    Virtual Eye, a division of Animation Research Ltd (ARL), has changed Sports coverage into a multi-device spectator experience... Read More
  • Cricket 2020

    Virtual Eye, a division of Animation Research Ltd (ARL), has changed Sports coverage into a multi-device spectator experience... Read More
  • Golf 2020

    Virtual Eye, a division of Animation Research Ltd (ARL), has changed Sports coverage into a multi-device spectator experience... Read More
  • Techweek 2019

    Virtual Eye, a division of Animation Research Ltd (ARL), has changed Sports coverage into a multi-device spectator experience... Read More
  • Bathurst 2018

    Virtual Eye, a division of Animation Research Ltd (ARL), has changed Sports coverage into a multi-device spectator experience... Read More
  • 360 Video 2016

    Virtual Eye, a division of Animation Research Ltd (ARL), has changed Sports coverage into a multi-device spectator experience... Read More
  • 116th US Open

    Virtual Eye, a division of Animation Research Ltd (ARL), has changed Sports coverage into a multi-device spectator experience... Read More
  • 1
We use cookies to track visits to our website. We do not store or share personal information.