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)

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.

RTS Young Technologist of the Year 2022

Recently, Mo-Sys’ Florian Gallier joined a panel discussion on some of the key technologies and skills for the future of the industry at this year’s RTS Young Technologist of the Year Award.

Ahead of the awards presentation, a keynote speaker and panel discussion was held at the event focusing on the key technologies and skills for the future of the industry including remote production, image robotics and live broadcasts. The panel chaired by Muki Kulhan, Innovation Co-Lead IBC, included Claire Wilkie, Founder and Managing Director, Limitless Broadcast; Florian Gallier, Product Manager, Remote Production & Image Robotics, Mo-Sys Engineering Ltd and Krystel Richards, Broadcast IT Engineer, CNN, Chair of WISE Young Professionals’ Board.

Every year the standard of applications we receive continues to impress us, so much so that this year we took the decision to award two talented individuals with the RTS Young Technologist of the Year Award. Both Jahreal and Jonathan demonstrated to the jury not only the dynamic experience they have garnered so far in their careers, but the drive to move the industry and technology forwards and to be an integral part of the UK production community for years to come. Congratulations to Jahreal and Jonathan, and also to Andrew for receiving the Coffey Award

Terry Marsh, Chair of the RTS Young Technologist of the Year Award Jury

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Mo-Sys Hosts Regional Virtual Production Learning Zone at MediaCity

Mo-Sys ran the successful Virtual Production Learning Zone at KitPlus Show, MediaCity, on Thursday 23 June 2022. The event underscoring Mo-Sys’ deep commitment to share knowledge, collaborate with universities and training the next generation of industry professionals.

Led by Juliette Thymi, Mo-Sys Academy’s senior VP Technician and experienced Virtual Production Producer who has worked on projects for Netflix, ITV and BBC, such as Strictly Come Dancing, the free taster sessions gave visitors insight as to the technology and techniques used in Virtual Production, while highlighting a proven development path for those who’d like to learn more.

The full range of innovative Mo-Sys VP solutions were on display, including StarTracker, the industry standard for precision camera tracking; VP Pro XR, a dedicated XR server that has been built specifically for Cinematic XR on-set real-time production; the unique Cinematic XR Focus feature that enables pulling focus from talent to virtual objects deep within an LED volume; and Multi-Cam for seamless multi-camera switching.

Nicholas Glean, Senior Lecturer in Video and New Media at the University of Sunderland recently completed the Mo-Sys Academy 10-day Foundation Course and commented on the importance of engagement between industry and the education sector:

Nicholas Glean – University of Sunderland – The importance of Virtual Production

Mo-Sys is actively driving engagement with universities such as Sunderland, Greenwich and Ravensbourne to ensure we have the right skills coming through to meet the surging demand for VP, but also offer the next generation access to exciting career opportunities.

Mo-Sys Academy with Virtual Production Training at KitPlus Show MediaCity 2022

During the show, Mo-Sys hosted a panel discussion titled The Future of Virtual Production Training, featuring Kieran Phillips of CJP Broadcast Service Solutions, Nicholas Glean from University of Sunderland, and Adam Soan of Bendac. The session provided insight into overcoming the skills gap and maximizing the opportunities of LED Virtual Production for Broadcast. Watch the seminar in full below:

The Future of Virtual Production Training – KitPlus Show MediaCity 2022

Alistair Davidson and a team from Scan Computers attended the workshop and said it was “a really fantastic insight for anyone whose interested in Virtual Production.”

Scan Computers talks about the Virtual Production training workshop at KitPlus Show

Rizwan Wadan from Pixeleyed Pictures summarised the KitPlus event adding: “These sort of events are amazing. They help you understand what is going on and I’d highly recommend that whether you’re a student, lecturer or professional to attend.”

Rizwan Wadan from Pixeleyed Pictures gives some KitPlus Show feedback!

Mo-Sys Academy has announced new course dates in the UK and Los Angeles. Spaces are limited and demand is expected to be high. Visit Mo-Sys Academy for more information and to book your place.

Innovation leads to revolution in Virtual Production

At an event to celebrate The Royal Television Society’s Awards on 23 March, Mo-Sys’ Product Manager – Remote Production & Image Robotics, Florian Gallier presented this year’s Creative Technology Lecture, titled ‘The Future of Broadcast is Virtual’. The lecture focused on virtual production, one of the fast-developing areas in the production sector as quantity increases, costs need to be controlled and sustainability prioritised.

The Future of Broadcast is Virtual at RTS Awards 2022

Gallier’s presentation highlighted how Virtual Production (VP), while not a new concept, is experiencing a surge thanks to recent innovations and advancements in technology that mean it can be achieved in real time using computer hardware aimed at the consumer market. This revolutionary shift means VP is often more cost-effective than building conventional sets and creates truly immersive content that captivates and holds viewers’ attention.

Recent examples of sets created using augmented virtually include Strictly Come Dancing during the Covid-19 pandemic, when audiences were absent; and the BBC’s coverage of the Tokyo Olympics and Beijing Winter Olympics, which were based in Salford due to travel restrictions.

There is an environmental benefit to VP too, according to Gallier. With less travel and a reduced need to ship large quantities of equipment to various locations, the carbon footprint of a production comes down drastically.

The lecture, livestreamed to RTS members, was followed by a discussion with Gideon Ferber, Product Director, Broadcast at disguise which can be watched in full here:

The Future of Broadcast is Virtual at RTS Awards 2022 Q&A

Mo-Sys Virtual Production Learning Zone at KitPlus Show

Join us at MediaCity, Salford for the KitPlus Show on Thursday 23 June where Mo-Sys Academy will be setting up a Virtual Production Learning Zone. A series of short Virtual Production training taster sessions will be running throughout the day.

Mo-Sys Virtual Production
KitPlus Show Manchester 23 June 2022

Come along to discover our innovative solutions including:

  • StarTracker – widely recognized camera tracking system which uses retro-reflective stickers, randomly applied to the studio ceiling or the lighting grid, to define a star map.
  • VP Pro XR – dedicated XR server purpose-built for Cinematic XR on-set real-time production.
  • Cinematic XR Focus – pulling focus from talent to virtual objects positioned behind the plane of the LED volume.
  • Multi-Cam – VP Pro XR feature enabling seamless multi-camera switching to overcome the typical 5-6 frame refresh delay in LED volumes.
  • Mo-Sys Academy – learn Virtual Production from industry-leading professionals, featuring skills and techniques that are at the forefront of the modern film industry.

Mo-Sys will also be hosting a panel session at 11am on the main stage at the event on The Future of Virtual Production Training, discussing how to overcome the skills gap and maximise the opportunities of LED Virtual Production for Broadcast with panelists including Kieran Phillips of CJP Broadcast Service Solutions, Nicholas Glean from University of Sunderland and Adam Soan of Bendac.

The discussion points will include:

  • Background of LED Virtual Production
  • Maximising the opportunity – latest technological developments
  • The skills shortage & what the Mo-Sys Academy is doing to correct it
  • How are Universities pivoting to incorporate LED VP courses, what are their challenges and what support do they need/are they getting?
  • Virtual Production Learning Zone – Mo-Sys Academy

Mo-Sys LED Virtual Production on show at NAB 2022

Mo-Sys LED Virtual Production solutions took centre stage at NAB Show 2022, highlighting Mo-Sys’ position as a pioneer in driving forward the emerging technologies of virtual and augmented production. During the show Mo-Sys showcased its leading-edge virtual production technology stack and underlined why some of the world’s most innovative content producers rely on Mo-Sys solutions.

Mo-Sys co-exhibited with APG and Fujifilm, integrating Mo-Sys technology with Fujifilm lenses and a state-of-the-art 1.5mm pixel pitch LED wall from APG to demonstrate virtual production solutions in action.

Mo-Sys, Fujifilm and APG Media LED Virtual Production Showcase at NAB 2022

Among the solutions being highlighted:

  • NearTime® – patent-pending and HPA Engineering Award-winning solution for increasing real-time VFX image quality, whilst removing Moiré completely
  • Multi-Cam Switching – newly released VP Pro XR feature enabling seamless multi-camera switching to overcome the typical 5-6 frame refresh delay in LED volumes
  • Robotics for virtual production – the new Mo-Sys G30 gyro-stabilized head and the industry-standard Mo-Sys L40 cinematic remote head
  • AR for sports with UE5 – the new heavy-duty Mo-Sys U50 remote head was shown with Fujifilm’s latest box lens using a Vinten 750i remote head with pan bars
Florian Gallier presents Mo-Sys solution for remote production and sports events

Mo-Sys also joined forces with AOTO Electronics Co. Ltd. to showcase solutions for broadcast news and factual programming. Visitors at the AOTO stand were able to see a live LED Virtual Production demonstration featuring VP Pro XR and StarTracker working with AOTO’s 2.3 pitch LED tiles. See the video below:

Mo-Sys and AOTO showcase broadcast LED Virtual Production Solutions

This video features the BBC’s Tokyo 2020 virtual set jointly designed by Lightwell & BK Design Projects with AV integration by Moov.

Mo-Sys illustrated how its set extensions can be used to virtually expand the real-world studio space, and how the newly released Multi-Cam Switching feature can be used to seamlessly switch between live cameras at resolutions up to UHD4K, and without the LED wall delay appearing in shot.

In a ground-breaking move, Mo-Sys also showed its integration with Erizos Studio, allowing Unreal Engine graphics to be used not just for the virtual studios, but for traditional on-screen graphics, such as lower thirds and data-driven graphics, either embedded in the Unreal scene or as AR objects.

Mo-Sys’ VP solutions also had a presence at the new Vū Technologies studio in Las Vegas, where StarTracker forms a key part of its 140ft. X 20ft. LED volume soundstage.

Mo-Sys LED Virtual Production at NAB 2022

Tom Shelburne gives an introduction to Mo-Sys VP Pro XR
Jim Rider from Final Pixel talks about the Mo-Sys StarTracker
Carl Bodeker introduces the Vinten FP-188 Robotic Pedestal with Mo-Sys StarTracker
Chris Tornow, CEO of Pfinix Creative Group explains how dependable Mo-Sys StarTracker is
Gary Adcock talks about Virtual Production with Mo-Sys
Tim Moore from Vu Technologies talks about the ‘rock solid’ StarTracker

Mo-Sys highlights the benefits of Virtual Production at ISE 2022

Mo-Sys Engineering will highlight its comprehensive Virtual Production technology stack at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2022, where it is co-exhibiting with its partner, European LED screen manufacturer, ALFALITE, and its Spanish reseller, Tangram Solutions.

LED Virtual Production

Visitors to the show will see Mo-Sys flagship StarTracker precision camera and lens tracking technology and VP Pro XR in action. The Mo-Sys StarTracker tracking system is the technology of choice for high-end TV, broadcast and film Virtual Productions. The system will be shown working in tandem with an ALFALITE 4.5m x4m, 1.9mm pixel pitch LED volume.

“As we saw from the recent Tokyo and Beijing games, live broadcast can draw huge benefits from integrating Virtual Production tools and techniques,” said Philippe, Director of Sales and Business Development for Mo-Sys. “Together with ALFALITE we deliver a complete, fully functional system from one supplier, making it easy for customers to implement the technology rapidly and immediately start leveraging the advantages. Our aim is to make extraordinarily complex processes simple and straightforward so that content producers can keep their focus on what is important – being creative.” 

Mo-Sys will present an immersive live demonstration of its end-to-end LED production workflow. The team will demonstrate StarTracker and highlight the benefits of VP Pro XR, Mo-Sys’ award-winning LED content server solutions, for broadcast Virtual Production, such as Multi-Cam, the unique ability to seamlessly switch cameras at full UHD4K resolution. By partnering with ALFALITE, Mo-Sys can now offer broadcasters and production companies ModularPix Pro LED tile modules in a comprehensive package for a complete LED volume, multi-camera production system. 

Luis Garrido Fuentes, Executive Director at ALFALITE added, “Virtual Production can bring real innovation to the table for broadcasters and production companies. Working together with a pioneer such as Mo-Sys delivers enormous value to both our customers, presenting them, with a new and exciting way to create immersive and engaging content that is highly cost effective.”  

Victor Ceruelo, CEO, Tangram Solutions, commented: “There is a real buzz of excitement from broadcasters and production companies in Spain over what can be achieved with Virtual Production techniques, and we are proud to able to offer them access to cutting-edge Virtual Production solutions from Mo-Sys.” 

Visit Mo-Sys, ALFALITE and Tangram Solutions at stand 6K650 during ISE 2022. 

Mo-Sys sponsors deep dive into on-set Virtual Production by SMPTE

Mo-Sys was the lead sponsor of a hybrid three-day event showcasing in-camera VFX and Virtual Production hosted by SMPTE UK. The event featured demos of the real-time technologies and was the latest in the SMPTE UK Section’s monthly events. 

Bringing together 80six, ETC, Solent University, Brompton Technology, Mo-Sys and other collaborators, the event gave attendees the opportunity to get a close up look at on-set Virtual Production. As part of this showcase, leading-edge technologies from the 80six’ inventory, including the Mo-Sys StarTracker, were highlighted in a production-ready setting.

The whole event was live streamed to a global audience. Commercial Director Mike Grieve gave a presentation explaining ways in which Mo-Sys technology enables precise camera tracking and introduced the new Brompton digital tracking markers for use in LED volumes.

The full event is available to watch here