Mo-Sys excel at IBC 2022

Mo-Sys excel at IBC 2022! As the dust settles in the wake of IBC 2022, we reflect on one of our busiest industry events to date. After the enforced three years sabbatical, we enjoyed the opportunity to meet customers and partners in person and showcase our latest innovations.

Mo-Sys at IBC 2022
Mo-Sys at IBC2022

We introduced two exciting, new products. bMR (Broadcast Mixed Reality), a new category product that combines an LED content Server with Multi-camera switching and a MOS based On-air graphics system. Intended for Sports, News and current affairs broadcasters who want to deploy (or transition to) a unified Unreal-based graphics solution for driving an LED virtual studio with integrated 2D/3D graphics under MOS/NRCS control.

MoRail is our new high-performance motorised rail for regular or virtual newsroom studios. Available in 3m lengths, either straight or curved (30 degree), with height adjustment and the ability to accept camera payloads of up to 15kg, it offers cost-effective, programmable creative movement of ENG and PTZ cameras to immerse viewers into the studio.

Visitors to our stand were also treated to a first showing of prototype models of the latest StarTracker Mini and Max systems.

We were also proud to feature on partner stands. MoRail, StarTracker and VP Pro XR powered the impressive Canon live performance and XR Zone in Hall 11, while bMR and StarTracker drew crowds at the AOTO booth in Hall 7.

During the show we announced a collaboration with Adobe to allow video professionals to see their visual effects scenes come to life in Frame.io as they’re being shot on-set, thanks to an integration between Adobe Camera to the Cloud and Mo-Sys NearTime. We are also making this functionality more widely accessible.

Mo-Sys Technical Director James Uren joined AWS’ Solution Architect Leader Content Production, Matt Herson, as part of a panel session about the Mo-Sys Deferred Cloud Rendering service and how it provides an innovative alternative for virtual production. James gave some amazing insight into how he and the AWS team collaborated to convert an idea scribbled on a cocktail napkin to a cloud enabled service providing cost effective virtual production services to production companies.

Finally, we are hugely honoured to be recognised by Blackmagic Design as one of the recipients of their Award for Innovation at IBC 2022, rounding off a fantastic show.

Get the LED out!

James Uren, Technical Director for Mo-Sys, and Matt Herson, Solution Architect Leader Content Production for Amazon Web Services (AWS), joined forces to discuss the Mo-Sys Deferred Cloud Rendering service and how it provides an innovative alternative for virtual production in a panel session hosted by Katrina King at IBC 2022.

The ‘infamous’ cocktail napkin

James shared how he worked with AWS to get an idea scribbled on a cocktail napkin to a cloud enabled service providing cost effective virtual production services to production companies. James and Matt discussed how they worked together during the pandemic to build, test and iterate a new product and workflow that provides virtual production efficiency without the LED wall.

Click on the link below to watch the video of the session in full on the IBC365 website.

GET THE LED OUT! VIRTUAL PRODUCTION INNOVATION WITH AWS AND MO-SYS ENGINEERING

Panel:

James Uren, Technical Director – Mo-Sys Engineering Ltd

Katrina King, Content Production Media & Entertainment – Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Matt Herson, Solution architect leader Content production – Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Adobe Leads Transition of Video Production to the Cloud

Adobe (Nasdaq: ADBE) is unveiling the world’s first cloud-based collaboration solution for shooting content on virtual sets. Thanks to a new integration between Adobe Camera to Cloud powered by Frame.io, and Mo-Sys, an award-winning manufacturer of virtual production solutions, video professionals can now see their visual effects scenes come to life in Frame.io as they’re being shot on set. By partnering with Mo-Sys, Adobe aims to bring instant collaboration and the speed of virtual production to more filmmakers, taking it beyond the big-budget productions afforded by few.

Adobe Leads Transition of Video Production to the Cloud

Mo-Sys Frame.io

In addition, Adobe is unveiling new integrations that extend Camera to Cloud to even more cameras, along with new versions of Premiere Pro and After Effects that make it faster and easier for video professionals to collaborate.

“Adobe has been at the forefront of delivering cloud-based video solutions that enable collaboration and dramatically faster creative workflows,” said Scott Belsky, chief product officer and EVP of Creative Cloud. “With Premiere Pro, Frame.io and Camera to Cloud, we’re connecting the entire video creation process from camera capture to final delivery, allowing customers to collaborate in new ways, from anywhere.”

Camera to Cloud, which ignited the transition from disk drive to cloud-based workflows, has fundamentally changed the way video is created and has already been used on over 4,200 productions. With Camera to Cloud, traditional production crews, post-production teams and key stakeholders can now get instant access to footage as soon as it is shot, no matter where they are. This will allow editors to start cutting shows and movies while they are still being shot.

“Camera to Cloud has changed the way we think about dailies and editorial. The immediate review capability and seamless integration into Premiere Pro have improved our process and allowed us to work even faster,” said Alex Regalado, head of post at Duplass Brothers Productions. “For the first time, it feels like indie filmmaking is comparable to big-budget productions, and we can’t imagine a production without it.”

Adobe Takes Virtual Production to the Cloud

The complexity of virtual production adds time and expense to the process of producing content. Mo-Sys’ NearTime® cloud rendering in Unreal Engine allows customers to take advantage of all the benefits of on-set visualization and high-quality visual effects shots, without the expensive limitations of achieving real-time playback. Mo-Sys seamlessly combines camera footage with virtual content, generates a high fidelity 4K composite and transfers it into a neatly organized Frame.io project, resulting in near-instant access to visual effects content for editorial and review from anywhere in the world.

Read the full press release here>

Mo-Sys to launch bMR at IBC

Mo-Sys and Erizos Studios partner to offer a hybrid solution for broadcast LED virtual studios with MOS on-air graphics.

Mo-Sys bMR

Mo-Sys Engineering will launch a new product called bMR (broadcast mixed reality) at the IBC exhibition in Amsterdam in September.

Mo-Sys bMR is a new category of product that combines an LED content server with a MOS controlled on-air graphics system powered by Unreal graphics. The product has been designed for broadcasters who want to transition to an LED based virtual studio, with MOS controlled on-air graphics based on Unreal, and is targeted at sports, news, and current affairs programming.

In developing bMR, Mo-Sys has partnered with on-air graphics specialist Erizos Studios, and combined Erizos’ expertise in broadcast graphics and MOS based news/sports workflows, with Mo-Sys’ expertise in LED virtual studios and precision camera tracking.

Equipped with virtual studio software licenses for green screen, Mo-Sys bMR enables broadcasters to transition from their current green screen virtual studio and incumbent on-air graphics solution, to bMR, but in two stages where either the virtual studio or the on-air graphics are upgraded first.

Mo-Sys bMR’s on-air graphics system offers three ways of displaying templated data-fed graphics; standard 2D keyed graphics, keyed 3D graphics, or 3D ‘in-scene’ Unreal element graphics. The system conforms to MOS protocol and can be controlled by commonly available newsroom computer systems (NRCS) such as Octopus, ENPS, or other popular NRCS. It is based on web browser technology and uses a fully redundant server/client architecture. Importantly, it is an on-premise solution and is not cloud-based.

bMR’s LED content server can drive any size/shape/pixel pitch LED virtual studio (equipped with sufficient render nodes), with the base system able to drive an LED studio with up to 8million pixels. The system offers multi-camera switching capability up to UHD4K resolution, enabling multiple cameras to be used with an LED volume, where switching between cameras is orchestrated with the LED wall updating correctly. Set extensions with simultaneous augmented reality (AR) are also possible, with the delay between the Unreal graphics perspective displayed on the LED wall, and the camera’s actual position, the lowest on the market today.

Mo-Sys will offer bMR customers a service creating custom user interfaces for controlling their LED studio virtual scene, simplifying the operational load. In addition, bMR offers the ability to create custom interfaces for on-air graphics, simplifying connecting data sources to graphic templates, and driving multiple graphic elements in use simultaneously.

Visit Mo-Sys at stand 8.A49 and on the AOTO stand (7.C09) during IBC2022 to meet the team and see bMR in action.

Offering real solutions for VP

We were delighted to be part of the Directors Guild of America’s recent Digital Day on August 27th. This hugely prestigious, invitation-only event shines a spotlight on the creative, technical and business issues emerging from new technologies.

Mo-Sys DGA Digital Day
LED Virtual Production

Mo-Sys partnered with PRG to show an LED virtual set complete with our StarTracker and VP Pro XR solutions. On our own stand, we were able to walk Directors and Assistant Directors through our NearTime auto-re-rendering capability, the Cinematic XR Focus that makes pulling focus simple, and LED key, which eradicates issues such as Moiré, green spill and bad light quality. They were able to see how first-hand how we take away the headaches associated with real-time and optimization.

A Successful Summer VP Meetup 

Mo-Sys rounded off August with a Virtual Production Summer Meetup, offering people from the world of Virtual Production an opportunity to get together. We were delighted to welcome over 100 people to the event, hosted by Mo-Sys Academy, at Mo-Sys’ London HQ.

Mo-Sys BBQ
Mo-Sys Virtual Production Summer BBQ

Visitors were treated to a tour of the Academy with an overview of the training courses on offer, and were able to take part in several interactive technology demonstrations, share ideas and network with like-minded VP technicians and industry experts.

ETC lighting delivered an exciting presentation with a demo which showed the difference between standard LED lights and the ground-breaking 8-color fos/4 LED lighting technology. Attendees were able to see the remarkable contrast for themselves during the presentation which illustrated how this new technology can be deployed to effectively control and enhance colours in the set and talent, making them come alive.

Introduction to LED Virtual Production

Mo-Sys’ Florian Gallier was on hand to offer and an introduction to LED VP and we had an e-Crane with G30 on it to view, plus there was a sneak preview of the new MoRail 3m curved motorized camera rail news broadcast – if you missed our Summer Meetup, join our mailing list to learn about future events and if you’re travelling to IBC, please come and see us in Hall 8, Stand A49.

Mo-Sys launches MoRail its high-performance motorized camera rail at IBC 2022  

Mo-Sys Engineering announces the launch of its new high-performance motorized rail, MoRail, which enables cost-effective creative pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) and ENG camera movement within newsroom environments.

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Primarily designed for use in newsrooms, which may include traditional studios, greenscreen, LED volume-based broadcast applications and corporate presentations, MoRail supports all major PTZ and ENG camera systems weighing up to 15kg, transforming regular static shots into repeatable creative shots with controlled parallax movement. The perspective change achieved dramatically improves on the existing static only movement of PTZ cameras, allowing producers to achieve accurate movements during a show that immerse viewers into the studio, without the need to invest in expensive and complex track-based dolly systems.

“With the introduction of MoRail we are opening the doors to a new level of creativity with PTZ cameras that has not been possible before,” said Michael Geissler, CEO of Mo-Sys. “Production teams can now benefit from accurate and repeatable PTZ movement, and beautifully smooth and immersive parallax movement, that helps even small news operations to create more immersive and engaging content.”

Included in the MoRail package is a powerful Mo-Sys controller that allows rail height and camera position to be set in addition to pan, tilt, zoom, focus and iris.

For a demonstration of MoRail, visit Mo-Sys at IBC2022 on stand 8.A49. MoRail will also be on view at the AOTO (7.C09) and Canon (11.C45) stands.

See more information about MoRail here >

Mo-Sys holds the key to excellence

Mo-Sys is delighted to have been recognised by the Hollywood Professional Association (HPA) Awards Committee for the second year in a row – the first company to ever achieve this. We are one of the recipients of the highly coveted 2022 HPA Award for Engineering Excellence, alongside ARRI and AWS.

The HPA’s hotly contested Engineering Excellence Award rewards outstanding technical and creative ingenuity in media, content production, finishing, distribution, and archive. We are honoured to be recognised for our innovation by the panel of highly esteemed judges and stood out amid strong competition, and a record number of submissions, with our LEDKey solution, once more underling Mo-Sys’ status as a true pioneer in virtual production (VP).   

We are honoured that the judges saw fit to once again recognise Mo-Sys following on from the 2021 award given to our NearTime rendering workflow for virtual production by last year’s panel of judges. 

The award will be presented during the HPA’s annual Awards Gala on 17 November. 

Mo-Sys VP Training Captivates Students at Rise Up Summer School

Mo-Sys is proud to have taken part in the first ever Rise Up Academy Summer School. From the Global Academy in Hayes, Middlesex, UK the Rise Up Summer School offered young students aged between 10 to 18 years a unique opportunity to meet industry experts and participate in interactive hands-on workshops.

Mo-Sys Rise-up Summer School

Guaranteeing valuable insight into the career paths available, the sessions were curated to help students explore virtual production and broadcast engineering, discover how to build a TV studio and also included an access-all-areas visit to an outside broadcast truck.

The free to attend Summer School was perfect for students curious to learn how productions can add eye catching graphics or shoot in unreal worlds through the power of Virtual Production, and those considering a career in media. Mo-Sys’ Academy team guided students through the creation of their own virtual production. The unmissable event ensured that everyone left with an understanding of VP and how major events such as the FA Cup Final is broadcast and why so many cameras are needed at an event like Glastonbury.

Supporting the event alongside sponsors BT Sport, ITV, Discovery and Sky, Mo-Sys’ Academy delivered practical Virtual Production workshops which gave students the opportunity to get hands-on experience using bleeding edge VP technology. The sessions explored ‘What is Virtual Production’ and introduced students to camera tracking, Unreal Engine, green screen and real time graphics all within a simulated professional TV set.

Read more about the inaugural event here. >

Mo-Sys Rise-up Summer School

Juliette Thymi, Mo-Sys Academy Manager commented “There is a strong synergy between Rise Up Summer School and Mo-Sys’ commitment to sharing knowledge and providing meaningful training opportunities for the next generation. All of the students who attended our 90-minute sessions were very engaged and wanted to learn more about Virtual Production, which is great to see! It was an amazing idea to host the Summer School and expose young students to the industry and our technologies. Regular secondary education doesn’t do that very well. We have had a great time, and we would love to support future events.”

Mo-Sys Academy provides the only industry recognised hands-on, small group practical virtual production training. Courses are delivered by Mo-Sys’ experienced Virtual Production Technicians, who have worked on projects for the likes of Netflix, ITV and BBC. Training supports students through small group activities designed to transfer knowledge and give practical virtual production experience. Mo-Sys Academy recently announced new course dates at its London HQ and Los Angeles refinery.

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Magicbox to Unveil the World’s First Mobile Virtual Production Studio

Startup Magicbox has recently announced the launch of the first Mobile Virtual Production Superstudio™, a semi-trailer designed to make motion picture technology more accessible to any content producer.

The First Mobile Virtual Production Superstudio™

Magicbox CEO Brian T. Nowac said, “At Magicbox, our goal is to develop a platform of affordable solutions which democratize technology and make it accessible to any content producer. We are very excited to finally unveil our prototype Superstudio which we believe will revolutionize motion picture and video productions by making it easier to produce more creative content, faster, cheaper, and safer than ever possible before.”

As a strategic partner of the event, Mo-Sys will provide first sight of its new StarTracker Mini and StarTracker Max and will be joined by many other technology partners showcasing prototypes and new products throughout the evening.

This exclusive launch event will take place on Friday, August 19 at Stargate Studios in LA. You can watch the reveal of the Magicbox by joining the live streamed event Friday night at 7:30 pm PST here>