Usain Bolt
Sky has filmed the fastest man on earth, Usain Bolt, in high-definition 3D

It may be hard to spot him in the photo, but yesterday the fastest man on earth – Usain Bolt – was captured in high-definition 3D by Sky TV.

Bolt was filmed sprinting 150 metres down a specially designed track on Deansgate in Manchester.  The sprint was filmed using five 3D camera rigs, each holding two of Sky's HD cameras, ensuring that the event is captured in both high definition and 3D.

One 3D rig was mounted on a rail cam which tracked Usain stride-for-stride the whole 150 metre length of the track, the first time this has ever been done.  The footage will be shown in Odeon cinemas later this year. Brian Lenz, Sky's head of product design and innovation, says:  "It's great for Sky to be involved in capturing another compelling piece of content in 3D, to add to the catalogue of events we've recorded so far – from Ricky Hatton's Manchester Homecoming fight last May to a live 3D broadcast of Keane last month, and even the UK's first 3D ballet. 

"As part of our on-going research and development work, we're continuing to assess how 3D can work across a range of events and programming genres."

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