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is the unique intersection of physical and digital filmmaking. Virtual Production blends video game technology with filmmaking techniques into the pre-production and production process. This means filmmakers can get real-time feedback and make creative decisions on set about graphics and VFX.
Virtual Production uses huge LED wall screens to display a photorealistic environment in real-time powered by PCs. These LED panels prove to be an ideal way to display sets and backgrounds created in virtual reality while filming. Unreal Engine is a popular computer software that is enabling creators to make these virtual sets.
So Virtual Production is enabling productions to create immersive and dynamic sets and backgrounds in studios instead of moving the entire production to another country or building expensive sets.
Using LED screens can be a huge saving for filmmakers as they can avoid construction costs, reduce transport costs, insurance, hotels and other expenses.
A live LED wall is Virtual Production in its purest form. An image-output is created with real-time rendering engines and projected onto a LED wall screen behind a physical set. In contrast with using a green screen, talent can interact with and witness the scene exactly as the crew does as the sequence of events unfolds on the wall. Lighting and imagery can be adjusted on a whim, the final-pixel imagery obtains a level of photorealism that
can be captured on camera, and expensive on-location shoots are not required. As cameras move, the perspective and lighting projected onto the LED wall shifts in relation to the camera’s position.
Changing the way film-makers work, virtual production is centered around the real-time interaction on set as the physical and digital worlds merge together.
With an LED video wall, you can create dynamic digital sets that replace the traditional greenscreens. By adding a LED ceiling or LED floor, you can further enhance the dynamic digital environment and make it as immersive as you want. LED ceilings also provide a responsive and stable light source for your set, offering an alternative to regular TV and film lights.
You can’t just build any old LED screen, however. The LED panel, processors and camera work together, complement and strengthen each other so that stunning results can be achieved. As the pixels on the LED wall are displayed in real-time by the game engine, you need a sufficient driver IC to achieve the desired result.
What markets work with VP?
For movies that utilize heavy visual effects and computer-generated imagery (CGI), directors can be forced to:
- Direct without knowing what the characters will ultimately look like.
- Deal with color inconsistencies between physical production and post-production when using green screen.
- Defer finalization of visual effects and animation to post-production.
- Struggle with avoiding contamination from the green screen’s color spilling onto the subject as well as creating unwanted reflections.
- Reshoot when they discover problems in post-production which can be expensive.
- Work with the uncertainty that comes with pushing aesthetic choices to post-production.
- Move the production to another country for sets and filming purposes