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In modern film, everyone is familiar with “green screen” or “chroma key” technology which refers to using a single color as the backdrop for a scene so that editors can more easily isolate, or “key out”, actors from the background in post-production. When this technology was first introduced in the mid-1900’s, it was a game changer in film, similar to how LED walls are revolutionizing the video industry today.

What is Virtual Product?

Whether it’s floating in space, launching fireworks, or jumping from an airplane, you may not necessarily have the expertise, equipment, or bandwidth to get it done in-house and are on a tight timeline that doesn’t account for longer than expected shoot days, traveling to multiple locations or possible re-shoots.

Where you could work in a studio where you could bring any environment – real or fictional – to life.

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Utilising LED screens within TV studios has been a trend for some time now. Providing the flexibility of dynamic content helps create that extra visual element as well as that ease of quickly changing content on large surfaces.

 

LED panels prove to be the ideal solution and canvas to portray set and backgrounds created in virtual reality. Thereby creating maximum flexibility for the production teams to make last-minute set changes or slight alterations and comforting actors in a setting that is both real and immersive, enhancing their performance in comparison to performing against a green screen.

 

LED screens are nothing new to anyone in this sector, however the bigger changes that have been happening over the last couple of years are the graphics engines driving the content to them. This in turn has grown the market for virtual studios.

 

So are we to witness the end of the green-screen era? Keep reading to find out.

How LED screens challenge traditional green screen technology?

The processes of “virtual production” and “extended reality” have become widely adopted throughout the video industry, but how does it really compare to the tried and true methods? What are the differences and why should we care?

 

  • In-camera VFX. An LED wall allows the crew to capture virtual effects in camera, meaning the background and action are all occurring live on set, and everyone involved can see and make real-time adjustments to the scene. This gives a new level of control to the process that is absent when using green screen.

 

  • Immersive on-set experience. When filming with green screen, directors and actors have to imagine the environment in which a scene is taking place. However, the use of an LED wall means that actors are also immersed in the environment and can react accordingly. For the first time, creatives, directors, and talent can all operate with the same vision.

 

 

 

 

  • Realistic lighting & reflections. LED panel technology is so advanced that the dynamic lights and colors contribute to a hyper-realistic environment, and reflections, specifically, can be captured in-camera (a traditionally grueling post-production process).
  • Shorter post-production. As one can imagine, it’s much more efficient to capture effects in real-time, as opposed to adding in computer generated effects after the footage has been captured. This results in a quicker turnaround time for the final product.
  • Increases overall efficiency. An in-studio LED wall allows for a controlled environment in which production doesn’t need to account for weather, times of day, or complications with travel. It also essentially eliminates the need for re-shoots, since everyone can see and correct the scenes in real time.

 

 

While LED technology is quite a large investment, it’s countless benefits make it a no-brainer for industry veterans. It’s even predicted that by 2026, virtual production will be the global standard for studio production. Stay up-to-date on all of the latest technology by following below!

What you will get if virtual production?

Recently the production of the TV series ‘The Mandalorian’ used an extensive ‘digital stage’ comprising an almost 360-degree LED wrap around with a celling to create a ‘true’ scene. This was driven by the Unreal Engine, which has been the backbone of many of today’s computer games.

 

So what’s the Benefits about this?

  • Cost. One of the best benefits of taking a production virtual, is that it’s budget-friendly in nature. By being able to capture any place in a studio setting, producers eliminate the need for travel. Additionally, since everything occurs in a controlled environment, crew save time by not having to account for changes in lighting, inclement weather, or any external factor that may impact a shoot.
  • No spill. LED screens is the fact there is none of the old green screen ‘spill’ from reflective surfaces that was always a challenge to deal with in post-production. If your content is created right, you can get all the ‘real’ reflections and lighting on your subject, which was also traditionally done in a post-production environment.
  • Real. Your actors (and everyone else) can see in real-time what the environment is going to look like, and if they are referencing something that is in the virtual world, they can see it rather than just taking a guess.
  • Creativity. Arguably the biggest advantage of virtual production is that it removes creative boundaries. It allows us to fully customize a set, and even create environments from our imagination that don’t yet exist.
  • Efficiency. Not only does virtual production save time and money during the filming process, but these conveniences also translate to the post-production process. Unlike shooting with a green screen, the “effects” in a mixed reality production are captured in real-time and do not have to be created in the editing process, making it the most efficient form of production.
  • Safety. It is important to note, too, that since virtual productions require fewer crew and occur in controlled environments, it’s a safer way to shoot. Considering recent events, it’s necessary to have a way to continue production during times of a pandemic like we’ve experienced this year with COVID-19.

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Why GalaxyAV is premier choice LED
vendor for virtual production?

GalaxyAV has been providing the LED products to TV studios more than 10 years. We do many shooting test with these clients every year to meet their strict standards about the screen performance. Some of these experience and standards are already more than the virtual production standards.

Some achievements we have reached.

  • Refresh rate. We use the advanced technology to make the refresh rate of our LED screen top to 7680Hz. This feature resolves the headache problem that Moiré effect and ripples on the screen.
  • HDR+. Enhance the regular HDR level.
  • Flexible panels. Most of the virtual production screens are made from the rigid LED panels at this stage. They have to keep a slight angle around 5degrees between each panel. Take GalaxyAV unique flexible LED panels, we can build nature curved surround LED screen. Rather than the angled screen with rigid LED panels.
  • Extreme image capability. Our high performance LED products support 16bit color depth and HDR. Our system support both of Novastar and Brompton. This is in reality, not tick box on paper.

 

 

 

 

  • Wide color gamut & high brightness. With the customized specially LED, our LED screens can meet the specifications from virtual production. The report that from last test indicates our LED can cover more than 99.5% DCI-P3 color gamut. And the brightness of main screen could reach to 1500nits. The ceiling screen brightness reach to 4500nits.
  • Low latency (two frames end to end), free rotation and chroma tune are supported on most of the Brompton range, and all of their processors allow advanced color adjustments on the fly. 140Hz frame rate. Can release more details in sports videos, solving problems with sticking or stuttering images in fast moving scenes.
  • Calibration. GalaxyAV proprietary calibration technology performs point to point calibration of an LED display, improving brightness and color uniformity, allowing the best image possible.

Applications

Flying Theater

Flying Theater

The screen is the most important part of dome system. The quality of the screen directly decides the experience of audiences. The low quality screen never bring stunning content to attendees

Planetarium

Planetarium

Creative visual Design solutions, 3D LED Displays,High brightness. Based on normal LED brightness 500nits

Simulation

Simulation

Thousands of flexible non-rectangle LED panels are attached on the frame to create a perfect nature curved dome screen.

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