Virtual Production

SMPTE Receives Epic Games Grant to Jumpstart Establishing VR Standards

Thu, 11/18/2021 - 12:10 -- Nick Dager

SMPTE, the home of media professionals, technologists, and engineers, today announced that — through its newest program, Rapid Industry Solutions On-Set Virtual Production Initiative — has received a prestigious Epic MegaGrant from Epic Games. Drawing on the expertise and contributions of diverse technology and thought leaders, the RIS OSVP is working quickly to assess challenges; establish goals; and make interoperability specifications, workflows, and best practices open and free to the industry along with supporting educational courses and webcasts

NEP Virtual Studios Building New Production Facility in Atlanta

Wed, 11/10/2021 - 09:48 -- Nick Dager

NEP Virtual Studios and Trilith Studios are building a virtual production facility in Atlanta, Georgia. The Prysm Stage at Trilith Studios is being built from the ground up by Cliff Plumer, global president of NEP Virtual Studios, virtual production pioneers Lux Machina Consulting, Trilith Studios president and CEO Frank Patterson, and Trilith Studios director of creative technologies, Barry Williams. The permanent stage facility will offer filmmakers stable and advanced real time workflows and technology, operated by highly experienced virtual production experts.

The Muppets Discover ARFX

Tue, 11/09/2021 - 09:39 -- Nick Dager

Virtual production is gaining more traction in the motion picture business. One example? The recent collaboration of several companies came together for both practical and creative reasons to bring the Disney+ feature the Muppets Haunted Mansion to life. “The Muppets and ARwall are a perfect fit,” says Rene Amador, co-founder and CEO of ARwall. His company creates virtual production technology for its own use and in turn markets it to other filmmakers. Its first product is ARFX, a suite of real-time tools developed natively for using real-time in-camera LED effects in scripted filmmaking.

Virtual Production Facility VA Studio Hanam Opens in Korea

Mon, 11/01/2021 - 10:27 -- Nick Dager

With a total area of 11,265 square metres and claiming the largest LED wall in Korea, VA Corporation’s new VA Studio Hanam in Hanam, South Korea, provides what the company is calling state-of-the-art in-camera visual effects facilities optimized for immersive content production. Created in partnership with ARK Ventures in South Korea, this unique virtual production infrastructure is powered by Brompton Technology LED processing, with 4K Tessera SX40 processors driving four large LED walls that are all part of the new virtual production hub located in Hanam.

Assimilate Announces Open Beta of Live FX for Virtual Production

Wed, 10/20/2021 - 09:10 -- Nick Dager

Assimilate today announced an open beta for its new and innovative Live FX software that enables real-time, live compositing for green-screen and LED wall-based virtual productions on set. Live FX is also ideal for creating quick comps when scouting locations. Live FX features the latest technology in keying, camera tracking, DMX light control, Notch Block integration, and a live link to Unreal Engine that simplifies on-set virtual production for not only previsualization, but even final pixel for in-camera visual effects.

SMPTE Hollywood to Explore On-Set Virtual Production

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 10:37 -- Nick Dager

The Hollywood section of SMPTE, the home of media professionals, technologists, and engineers, will explore the intricacies of lighting and color science for On-Set Virtual Production at its October virtual meeting. A group of experts with first-hand experience in OSVP will discuss the latest research and technology and offer advice on deploying this exciting, new production methodology. The session is slated for Wednesday, October 27 at 6:30 p.m. PDT on Zoom.

Virtual Soundstage Brings Cherokee Language Inventor to Life

Mon, 10/18/2021 - 10:30 -- Nick Dager

In honor of Sequoyah and this year’s bicentennial celebration of the Cherokee syllabary, the Cherokee Nation has become the first Native American tribe to use motion and facial capture technology to help preserve and promote an indigenous language. In collaboration with the tribe’s language program, the Cherokee Nation Film Office and Original Content has released Sequoyah: Voice of the Inventor for the Bicentennial.

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