Take your production to the next level with Mo-Sys at ISE 2023

Mo-Sys is a world leader in image robotics, Virtual Production and remote production solutions with over 25 years’ experience. We are a production partner to high-profile prime time entertainment shows and our technology is routinely deployed on Hollywood film projects.

Mo-Sys at ISE 2023

More recently, Mo-Sys successfully delivered a major LED Virtual Studio for the live broadcast of 64 FIFA World Cup games over 29 consecutive production days. Our skilled team is uniquely positioned to guide you from concept to delivery, with expert on-site project management.

We are excited to announce our collaboration with four technology partners at ISE 2023 (Fira Barcelona, 31 January – 3 February).

Visitors to ISE will find us on the LG Electronics booth (Stand 3K200) where we will demonstrate StarTracker, our market leading inside-out camera tracking solution as used in the production of Netflix’s latest hit Dance Monsters, the BBC’s BAFTA TV Award winning talent show Strictly Come Dancing and ITV’s unique prime-time quiz show Ant & Dec’s Limitless Win.

StarTracker will also be on display at the Alfalite booth (Stand 6H310), where we will showcase Virtual Production solutions for corporate applications. The boardroom virtual scene will be powered by Mo-Sys’ award-winning VP Pro XR LED content server solution and Mo-Sys’ Cinematic XR Focus is set to immerse visitors as we rack focus between real world foreground objects and virtual assets placed deep within the scene.

Absen (Stand 3N300) is set to show one of the most impressive Virtual Production demonstrations at ISE 2023. The virtual scene will be powered by Mo-Sys VP Pro XR and Mo-Sys’ StarTracker which will track from retro-reflective markers placed on the floor. Our demonstration of Mo-Sys Cinematic XR Focus will empower filmmakers to shoot more creative shots while saving valuable time and enhancing their storytelling.

NovaStar (Stand 3B850) will demonstrate LED Virtual Production with an impressive forest scene which is set to be powered by Mo-Sys VP Pro XR with StarTracker providing rock-solid camera tracking. This demonstration serves to underline the rapid growth in interest in LED volume Virtual Production within the film, television and corporate industries. 

Mo-Sys staff will be available on all the partner stands throughout ISE 2023 where we will be happy to demonstrate our solutions and discuss your enquires for complete LED Virtual Studios from concept to delivery.

Mo-Sys delivers turnkey LED virtual studio for World Cup broadcast

Mo-Sys Engineering successfully delivered a major LED Virtual Production studio for PLAZAMEDIA ahead of its prestigious World Cup broadcast.

Following experimentation to find the optimum technical solution and a successful proof-of-concept, leading content solutions provider and sports TV producer PLAZAMEDIA enlisted Mo-Sys to deliver its innovative LED Studio. This complete turnkey solution incorporates real studio elements with optional XR ability. Mo-Sys provided technical guidance from concept to delivery, virtual production training, and project management of the installation within the impressive 690 square meter studio at PLAZAMEDIA’s headquarters in the AGROB Medienpark near Munich, Germany.

As the exclusive German rightsholder, world leading telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom will be the first to utilize the ground-breaking Mo-Sys powered studio, from where all 64 World Cup 2022 matches will be broadcast via MagentaTV across 29 production days. After the World Cup, the studio will be re-opened as a full Virtual Production XR LED Volume.

Mo-Sys delivers LED Virtual Studio equipped with multi-camera switching for live FIFA World Cup Broadcast

PLAZAMEDIA’s Director of Productions & Costumer Relations, Hansjorg Baumgartner, explains: “We have worked with Mo-Sys on several VP projects and that experience gave us confidence to entrust their team to deliver this state-of-the-art XR studio. Mo-Sys’ new and innovative camera switching technology for LED VP which maintains render power across multiple cameras without increasing the XR engine count, together with their knowledge, technical support, guidance, and ability to bring in key partners has been invaluable to our success here.”

The LED studio uses four cameras, each of which has a Mo-Sys StarTracker to generate the 6-axis camera and lens tracking data that drives the perspective view of the virtual set. The tracked cameras work in conjunction with Mo-Sys’ combined LED content server and on-air graphics system bMR (Broadcast Mixed Reality), which delivers the virtual set content from the graphics engine. The bMR system also solves the problem when switching between full resolution tracked cameras shooting a virtual set displayed on an LED wall, where the camera outputs switch faster than the LED wall can update with the correct camera background. Mo-Sys bMR orchestrates the switch to ensure only the correct camera perspective view is visible.

Mo-Sys CEO, Michael Geissler adds: “The entire team at Mo-Sys is incredibly proud to have played such a significant role in the delivery of this incredible XR studio project. We would like to thank PLAZAMEDIA for their trust in us and we look forward to further strengthening our relationship.”

Mo-Sys worked in collaboration with PLAZAMEDIA’s in-house technical and graphics teams as part of their project management, which ensured the complex studio build was delivered on schedule. Mo-Sys was responsible for all virtual production technologies, which included the 120sqm LED wall from Spanish manufacturer, Alfalite. Its impressive Modularpix Pro ORIM 1.9mm pixel pitch panels were specified for the 33m x 3.5m U-shaped LED volume, which is driven by a total of eleven render nodes.

PLAZAMEDIA is at the very forefront of broadcaster’s adopting LED virtual studios. World Cup fans are set to be truly immersed in the action from Europe’s most advanced XR studio thanks to the company’s commitment to raising production values and improving the viewer experience. Through its use of bleeding-edge Mo-Sys technology, the studio will seamlessly combine the presenters and foreground studio features with augmented reality (AR) virtual set extensions and tracked graphics to deliver a unique 360-degree experience.

Mo-Sys strengthens its Academy team to stay ahead of growing demand

As the demand for Virtual Production (VP) technology continues to increase, there is a requirement for more experience and training for production talent to bridge the growing skills gap.

Mo-Sys Academy

The Mo-Sys Academy, now in its second year, was conceived to provide a unique ‘hands-on’ training experience bringing students and trainers up to speed with the latest technologies in this ever-evolving industry. To meet the demand, Mo-Sys is investing in the growth of the Academy team to offer a comprehensive range of Virtual Production training courses going forwards. 

Gabriela is a filmmaker who has worked on a wide range of video projects and film production involving some of the latest VP technology. With a bachelor’s degree in Film Practice from UAL and an MSc degree in Film Production from the University of Greenwich, Gabriela has just completed her first feature documentary project last September. She has gained valuable experience working as a Teaching Support Assistant for Greenwich University for two years.

Gabriela joins the team as an Academy Tutor, providing group learning for broadcast and film industry professionals, university lecturers and students wishing to upskill and gain valuable VP experience. 

I’m looking forward to making a positive impact to the Academy and working with the team in supporting our students. I’m very excited to learn more about Virtual Production and Mo-Sys’ ground-breaking technologies. I also look forward to utilizing the academic teaching skills that I’ve developed at Greenwich University when teaching film students how to develop and shoot their own projects.

Gabriela Predan, Mo-Sys Academy Tutor.

Mo-Sys Academy continues to run its weekly and daily courses throughout the rest of the year. Click here for more information>

Mo-Sys partners with BDS in Italian distribution deal

Mo-Sys Engineering has appointed BDS as a dealer for the Italian market. The agreement marks the expansion of BDS’ portfolio while strengthening Mo-Sys’ market leading position and further improving the accessibility of its solutions for broadcast, film and corporate projects throughout Europe.

From its headquarters in Rome, Italy, BDS has over thirty years’ experience in augmented reality and VFX for film and TV. The company has been a leader in the Virtual Reality market since 2007 and more recently expanded to meet the growing demand for Virtual Production. Now able to offer all of the tools for VP, including professional services and skilled people, BDS has successfully completed a number of high-profile LED VP projects using Mo-Sys precision camera tracking.

The company has also made a strategic investment and established a permanent VP studio equipped with Mo-Sys StarTracker, Alfalite LED and Xsens motion capture technology which will be used for demonstrations and training.

Sacha Biagio Virgilio, Vice President at BDS commented, “We are excited to represent the Mo-Sys brand in Italy. We have known Mo-Sys for many years and both companies share common goals to democratize Virtual Production and support customers with the highest calibre skilled staff. Italian customers will now benefit from local sales support as we meet the growing demand from broadcasters, education institutions, film studios and media organizations.”

BDS will represent the full suite of Mo-Sys products to include StarTracker, the industry’s leading inside out optical tracking solution and the recently announced bMR (Broadcast Mixed Reality) which combines an LED content server with multi-camera switching and a MOS-based on-air graphics system. Mo-Sys’ established line-up of robotic camera heads for broadcast and film, such as the gyro stabilized G30 will also feature alongside MoRail, the new, high-performance motorized rail which enables cost-effective creative PTZ / ENG camera movement within regular or virtual newsroom studios with tracked Unreal graphics.

“As a growing number of directors, cinematographers and broadcasters see the value that Virtual Production can bring to their projects, we are giving them the tools to create incredible content together with regional support,” said Michael Geissler, CEO of Mo-Sys. “We look forward to a successful partnership with BDS and working together to bring the VP tools, technology and education necessary to further develop the Italian VP industry.”

Mo-Sys to feature as key technology partner at Netflix Post Production Summit

Mo-Sys is proud to announce its collaboration with Netflix, and its involvement as a technology partner at the new Post Production Summit taking place at the Netflix production center in Madrid Content City (Tres Cantos).

Netflix Post Production Summit

From October 14 to 29, Netflix is hosting a series of training sessions which align with Mo-Sys’ own commitment to training and development through its Academy. The summit will focus on post-production, visual effects and virtual production for around 300 participants. The event will bring together producers, technicians, students and trainers from film schools, alongside editors, cinematographers, directors and other creatives.

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit two state-of-the-art virtual sets built by Netflix especially for this initiative. The workshops and activities will focus on various aspects of the industry, such as the production of visual effects, color management and high dynamic range (HDR) image creation. The event will also showcase pioneering techniques such as visual effects made directly from the camera (also known as In-Camera VFX or ICVFX).

Mo-Sys will be providing its StarTracker camera tracking technology for the event. StarTracker is known as being the industry’s leading ‘simple-to-use’ marker based optical tracking for virtual production. The team will also share insight and present the latest developments from Mo-Sys’ successful Academy which has expanded internationally.

Stephen Gallagher, Mo-Sys Marketing Director added: “We are proud to have been invited as a Technology Partner alongside the likes of LG, Arri, Epic and Sony to support Netflix at their new Post Production Summit in Spain. It is a great initiative that gives us the opportunity to showcase our camera tracking technology, share insight from our Academy and contribute to the discussion around Virtual Production education.”

The Post Production Summit confirms the strategic importance of the Spanish audiovisual industry. Mary-Kathryn Kennedy, Vice President of European Production at Netflix, explains, “Spain has the unique opportunity to consolidate itself as an international benchmark, at the level of the most technical and advanced industries”.

The conference also aims to reduce the technical gap and the lack of professionals in some of the currently most demanded positions, such as post-production supervisors, visual effects producers and technicians specialized in virtual production.

Read more: https://www.businessinsider.es/netflix-organizara-post-production-summit-madrid-content-city-1138109

Mo-Sys at KitPlus Show Twickenham

Following on from the success at Salford earlier in the year, Mo-Sys Academy once again provided a series of Virtual Production training sessions in the Learning Zone at this year’s second KitPlus Show in Twickenham, on Friday 30 September 2022. The event was a great opportunity to showcase Mo-Sys’ latest Virtual Production solutions, training and workshops.

Virtual Production Learning Zone

Mo-Sys Academy’s Dominic Smith held a series of hands-on Virtual Production training sessions offering attendees the chance to interact with the camera tracking technology on display. The free taster sessions gave visitors insight as to the technology and techniques used in Virtual Production and the opportunity to get hands-on experience with Mo-Sys’ ground-breaking VP technologies.

Mo-Sys Academy offers an exciting new opportunity to learn Virtual Production from industry-leading professionals, featuring skills and techniques that are at the forefront of the modern broadcast and film industry. 

As you’ll see in the video above, filmmaker Philip Bloom interviewed Dominic to find out more about Virtual Production and what Mo-Sys Academy offers.

Check out the video below for a BTS look at the Mo-Sys Learning Zone:

The Future of Virtual Production

During the show, Mo-Sys also hosted a panel discussion on ‘The Future of Virtual Production’ with panellists including Alex Boutellier of Ravensbourne University London and David Levy Director, Business Development, Global Solutions at ARRI. The session provided insight and useful information around the career development paths that exist, whilst addressing the skills shortage and the importance of training.

Watch the seminar in full below:

The Future of Virtual Production

Mo-Sys receives Blackmagic Design Innovation Award

Mo-Sys Engineering has been recognized and receives the first Blackmagic Design Innovation Award during IBC2022 for its significant and continued contribution to advancing Virtual Production technologies.

Mo-Sys receives Blackmagic Design Innovation Award

Innovation lies at very heart of Mo-Sys Engineering. From its HQ in Greenwich, London the company has pioneered Virtual Production technology for decades. Mo-Sys created the first easy to use, marker-based camera tracking solution StarTracker, which is recognized as the industry’s leading camera tracking product for its accuracy, reliability and robustness. StarTracker is used extensively by leading broadcasters, major film studios, high-end drama and corporate clients around the world.

The company has also developed an unrivalled level of on-set experience through its direct support of content producers like Netflix, BBC and ITV, where Mo-Sys’ Virtual Production technology has brought prestigious projects like Strictly Come Dancing, Limitless and Macy’s Day Parade to life. This on-set knowledge and experience is utilized to drive continuous innovation and product development.

Mo-Sys has also made a significant commitment to education. It was the first company to establish a Virtual Production training Academy, and offers a range of unique hands-on courses based around practical, small group learning geared to build students confidence and provide valuable experience. Mo-Sys’ Academy offers courses for all levels, providing students with an introduction to Virtual Production, as well as upskilling industry professionals and collaborating directly with universities to transfer knowledge, teach-the-teacher and shape curriculums.

Coinciding with the Blackmagic Design Innovation Award, Mo-Sys unveiled a raft of new products at IBC. Customers were treated to their first look at StarTracker Max, the next generation of professional inside-out camera tracking. The programmable and motorized rail system for PTZ and ENG cameras, MoRail was demonstrated for news and sports broadcast and bMR, Mo-Sys’ new solution which combines an LED content server with MOS/NRCS data driven on-air graphics was also announced.

The Blackmagic Design Innovation Award is a brand new annual award recognizing an organisation that is pushing the boundaries of science and technology using Blackmagic Design products. This special award has been created to identify and recognize unique and creative implementations of Blackmagic Design technology in both product and solution design for solving technical and financial barriers to customer challenges.

“Mo-Sys is one of the great rising stars of the Virtual Production industry, and their approach redefines the boundaries of cost-effective virtual creativity,” said Tim Siddons, Director of Sales, Blackmagic Design EMEA. “Their approach to designing and delivering the StarTracker virtual studio system, based around URSA Mini, ATEM and HyperdDeck, provides a complete solution that removes the complexity of virtual studio configuration and calibration, enabling customers to focus on the creative aspects of delivering their visions.”

“There is a strong alignment between Blackmagic Design and Mo-Sys. Both companies are pushing boundaries and making technology more accessible to a wider market. Mo-Sys developed the first optical tracking system 25 years ago and has continued to move Virtual Production forward VP through innovation”, said Michael Geissler, CEO of Mo-Sys Engineering. “It is great honour that our contribution has been recognized with this award and I’d like to thank the Tim and the team at Blackmagic Design.”

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>