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

The Future of Film is Virtual

Mo-Sys Project Engineer, Florian Gallier, recently gave a talk for TEDx University of Greenwich on the future of Film and Television with a focus on virtual and remote production.

Florian explained how real-time photo-realistic 3D graphics engines, combined with precision camera and lens tracking, are enabling new ways to create content across the spectrum from Hollywood blockbusters to corporate videos. It’s a complete game-changer and is impacting all market sectors.

Virtual Production has been around since the mid 1990s but only recently has it delivered life-like realism that can generate literally any dynamically changing 3D location or scene within a single studio. Cost savings and carbon footprint reductions are significant, and this technology is available to anyone creating moving image content.

Remote Production is another rapidly growing technique where robotically controlled cameras at an event enable the operator to be geographically separate from the camera. Inter-continental remote production is now possible, reducing costs and carbon footprint.

Florian is a specialist in virtual and remote production at Mo-Sys. He brings new ground-breaking technologies to production workflows that enables filmmakers, directors and camera operators to work with no limit to their creativity.

Watch his talk in full below:

Mo-Sys Refinery Offers a Unique VP Testing Facility for Cinematographers

We are delighted with the hugely successful launch of the Mo-Sys Refinery, our cutting-edge virtual production (VP) testing space, specifically designed to help experienced professionals test and evaluate virtual production.

Mo-Sys Refinery is a first of its kind offering. The concept is to provide a testing space for Cinematographers and content producers to de-risk and refine their virtual production concepts, allowing them to experiment with virtual production techniques and workflows over a number of days.

With both a green screen and LED volume in one studio, we are inviting creatives to consider utilizing a hybrid virtual production methodology, where shots benefit from the strengths of each screen technology. Following on from the Grand Opening recently, these new ideas have been met with keen interest and excitement by LA-based camera people, VFX/VP Supervisors, and the post-production community.

This new mix “is a suggestion we’re waiting for the industry to pick up” Michael Geissler explained to Mark London Williams, who featured the mix of combining LED walls with traditional green screen technology that were on display at the event in an article discussing cinematography technology. The article went on to discuss what could be done to ensure the future safety of on-set crews following the tragic death of Halyna Hutchins (read the full article here).

We’re encouraging clients to test out this hybrid VP approach, incorporating both wide shots and close-up, detailed shots – using DMX controlled lighting – in a single environment.

The Refinery’s virtual production stage can be adapted to meet clients’ specific requirements, with full technical support provided on site. Mo-Sys Refinery also allows clients to collaborate with the post houses of their choice to bring in the creative services they need.

Mo-Sys Refinery LA virtual production VP

This innovative VP space also offers new virtual production technology for clients to test and evaluate, including:

Real-time MoCap for virtual character programming - drive background virtual character movement using multiple pass real-time MoCap.

Cinematic XR Focus- rack focus from the real world to the virtual world (a world first !) without changing the Focus Puller’s tools.

Scene linked lighting - match real and virtual lighting using UE4 DMX controlled lighting.

Dual screen VP shooting - shoot using both green screen and LED walls, using each screen technology to its strengths.

Neartime® - a brand new dual render workflow enabling automated high-quality re-render without the cost of post-production (Winner of HPA Engineering Excellence Award 2021).

Colour matching – match the colours between the real set and the virtual world. 

VP Pro XR- purpose-designed content server for XR volumes (LED set extensions), available as software-only or as a configured system. 

StarTracker– the most accurate and resilient camera/lens tracking system. 

Mo-Sys discusses virtual production trends at CABSAT 2021

Philippe Vignal, Director of Sales and Business Development EMEA at Mo-Sys, spoke to BroadcastPro ME at CABSAT 2021 about the trends in virtual production, extended reality (XR) and the importance of the MENA market.

At this year’s show, Mo-Sys was co-exhibiting with new partner, Broadcast Solutions, one of the leading system integrators in the Middle East.

The Middle East is a very exciting region for us. We’re growing in this region currently and we are here inaugurating our partnership with Broadcast Solutions, a large world player in the distribution and system integration fields.

Philippe Vignal, Mo-Sys Engineering

Philippe also discusses the benefits of virtual production and how Mo-Sys’ technology fits within the virtual production landscape, allowing innovative content creation and story-telling.

Click here for more CABSAT 2021 videos.

Mo-Sys and AlfaLite collaborate on LED VP Solutions

Mo-Sys Engineering and Spanish company AlfaLite, the only European LED tile manufacturer, are collaborating to offer complete end-to-end LED virtual production solutions. Each company will have full demonstration facilities of the complete system at their respective headquarters. 

Mo-Sys has an established virtual production system, in the VP Pro XR content server and the StarTracker camera/lens tracking system. The advanced tools in VP Pro XR include the unique ability to pull focus seamlessly between real and virtual objects. By partnering with AlfaLite, Mo-Sys can now offer the ModularPix Pro LED tile modules in a one-stop package for a complete LED volume, multi-camera production system. 

“Movies, television and live events all want to benefit from virtual production,” said Michael Geissler, CEO of Mo-Sys. “Getting a complete, fully functional system from one supplier makes it easy for them to seize the advantages quickly, slashing the technical time and allowing them to get right on with the creativity.” 

Juan Vega, International Sales Manager of AlfaLite added “Both AlfaLite and Mo-Sys are well-known names in the virtual production market, respected for our advanced functionality and high levels of customer support in the key markets. Working together in partnership will strengthen our offering even further, and make us ever-more responsive to both experienced users and those looking to move into virtual production.”  Mo-Sys will install a ModularPix Pro P1 LED screen at its headquarters in London. AlfaLite will add a Mo-Sys VP Pro XR and StarTracker to its demonstration facilities in its factory in Huelva, Spain. The two companies will collaborate on marketing and exhibitions, as well as providing support for sales channels

Partnership with Broadcast Solutions ME at CABSAT 2021

Mo-Sys to detail LED and green screen virtual production solutions for sports, news, and entertainment

Mo-Sys will detail how its latest innovations enable both LED and green screen virtual production at CABSAT 2021. The company is co-exhibiting with Broadcast Solutions Middle East, one of the largest systems integrators in the EMEA region, following on from a newly inked partnership deal.

“As one of the pioneering innovators of virtual production (VP), our technology is unique in bringing functionality that is tailored to the needs of the broadcast and film markets,“ said Philippe Vignal, Mo-Sys Engineering Director of Sales and Business Development, EMEA & APAC. “We are delighted to bring our solutions to customers across the Middle East in partnership with Broadcast Solutions”.

With nearly two decades of experience, Broadcast Solutions is one of the leading systems integrators in the Middle East, with a reputation for bringing together complex systems and technology for its customers in the broadcast and media sector. The partnership will support Mo-Sys’ expansion into the Middle East region and allow Broadcast Solutions to offer its customers access to cutting-edge virtual production solutions.

“The global virtual production sector saw explosive growth during 2020, which has continued into this year and shows no signs of slowing down. VP offers incredible value to broadcasters, filmmakers and production studios as we have seen from the rise in VP elements being used in live broadcast,” said Nicolas Hans, founding partner at Broadcast Solutions Middle East. “We are excited to partner with Mo-Sys and bring its market-leading solutions to our customers in the region.”

At CABSAT 2021 Mo-Sys will highlight VP Pro XR, a dedicated content server for real-time visual effects production using an LED volume, with or without set extensions (XR). This system is unique in being designed by broadcast and film technologists for creatives in these markets, and is capable of being used with green screen and LED volumes. A key feature of VP Pro XR is its unique patent-pending Cinematic XR Focus, enabling focus pulls between talent and virtual objects positioned virtually behind the LED volume.

At the Broadcast Solutions stand, Mo-Sys will additionally give CABSAT 2021 attendees the opportunity to learn about its flagship StarTracker camera tracking system. This is now the tracking technology of choice for many prestige broadcasters, including BBC Sport who used the system during its coverage of this Summer’s Tokyo Games, and featured a virtual set so convincing that viewers complained after it was revealed by a studio guest that the BBC presenters were not actually in Tokyo.

Mo-Sys and Broadcast Solutions can be found on booth 123 at CABSAT 2021.

Mo-Sys StarTracker Shines at 80six

Mo-Sys is delighted with the success of the first Virtual Production Discovery Days hosted by its partner 80six at their studios in Slough early in September. The Mo-Sys StarTracker system was one of the key pieces of technology showcased in a series of demos during this interactive event designed to educate and inspire film, TV, and the creative sectors on the benefits of shooting on LED stages.

In today’s highly competitive market, finding ways to deliver high-end results and flawless images is something every DP strives for. The same goes for using virtual production (VP) techniques – they still have to meet the high standards and produce the level of quality that audiences demand. Known for its world-class services, 80six has chosen market-leading technology to create its VP studio facilities, including the Mo-Sys StarTracker.

“As the top optical tracking system, StarTracker is our choice for our studios and we’ve been impressed with the system’s ease of use, low latency and,” said Dan Hamill, Co-founder and Commercial Director at 80six. “It’s proved itself to be a very robust and reliable tracking system and that’s what our clients expect when they use our facilities.”

According to DP Brett Danton, VP gives him a lot of control, allowing oversight of the entire production in terms of lighting and camera movement – something that hasn’t been possible before. Commenting on the LED set up at 80six, he said, “one of the things I really like is the flexibility and the way the set-up can be reconfigured. It also allows for the different approaches that individual DPs have to lighting, opening up even more creativity.”

We are so proud of the incredible feedback for, and success of, the first Virtual Production Discovery Days and look forward to the next one.

To learn about future events at Virtual Production Studios by 80six, visit www.80-six.com and www.virtualproductionstudios.com. If you’d like to register your interest for the next series of Virtual Production Discovery Days, please email info@80-six.com.

Cinematic XR Focus Draws the Crowds at Cine Gear 2021

It’s a wrap on another successful year exhibiting at Cine Gear and we are delighted with the opportunity to re-connect with our industry friends and colleagues again.

The newly launched Cinematic XR Focus was the big crowd-puller at Cine Gear 2021 and one of the highlights on an extremely busy Mo-Sys booth. With virtual production (VP) now a hot topic, everyone – from schools and VFX companies to post production houses and broadcasters – is looking at ways to implement or incorporate VP into their content creation process. We had visitors ranging from people in their 20s right up to industry veteran of 20 years, all wanting to know how they can incorporate VP into their productions.

As a pioneer in providing technologies to create higher quality virtual productions, Mo-Sys gained a huge amount of interest at the event from potential customers as well as partners looking to collaborate on proof-of-concept (POC) projects. As one visitor commented, ours was some of the most compelling technology they have seen in some time.

Cine Gear was a fantastic opportunity to meet our industry colleagues and friends face to face and it has set us up with real momentum as we embark on the final quarter of 2021.

SOC Mo-Sys presentation: Remote Heads Technology Overview

The Remote Heads Technology Overview webinar that we presented with the Society Of Camera Operators last month is now available to view online.

Lead by a panel of experts in their respective fields, this is a great opportunity for camera operators to learn first-hand about the industry-standard Mo-Sys L40 remote head, used on high-profile productions such as ‘Shape of Water’, ‘Aquaman’ and ‘Stranger Things’. 
  
Mo-Sys founder and CEO Michael Geissler gives a technical overview of the different types of remote heads. Pro-Cam Rental Atlanta Bob Gorelick, SOC Camera Operator of the Year 2018 (for ‘Stranger Things’), talks about his on set experience and demonstrates how to set up and operate the L40. And guest speakers Kenneth McKenzie (key grip) and Joe Allegro (general manager at Pro-Cam Rental Atlanta) talk about their experience with Mo-Sys remote heads from a grip and Rental House perspective respectively.

Edit: This webinar was held just before we launched our next generation in gyro-stablized remote heads, the Mo-Sys G30. Discover how the G30s novel 45-degree frame geometry confer enhanced features to this heavy duty head including eliminating gimbal lock by visiting our website.

Find out more about the Mo-Sys G30 >

Mo-Sys to demonstrate virtual studio technologies at BroadcastAsia 2020

Mo-Sys will be showcasing its award-winning StarTracker Studio at BroadcastAsia 2020’s all-new virtual reality experience running from September 29 to October 1 2020.

Having recently won a Virtual Best of Show Award during IBC 2020, Mo-Sys StarTracker Studio, the world’s first pre-configured virtual production system, brings moving camera virtual production within reach of all market sectors.

StarTracker from Mo-Sys is proven as the most precise and reliable camera tracking technology, using dots on the studio ceiling (“stars”) which are placed at random and tracked to plot camera positions with extraordinary accuracy.

StarTracker Studio combines StarTracker camera tracking with a powerful all-in-one virtual production system capable of working with green screen studios or LED volumes. The system uses Mo-Sys VP Pro software to connect camera tracking data from up to 16 cameras to the Unreal Engine graphics. StarTracker Studio uses a smart system design to reduce the typical hardware required for multi-camera virtual production, and the whole system comes pre-configured in a flight-cased rack.

“We’re looking forward to demonstrating the performance, flexibility and simplicity StarTracker Studio offers to companies who need to create virtual studio and augmented reality content,” said Michael Geissler, CEO of Mo-Sys.

Mo-Sys will also be detailing how its VP Pro and StarTracker technologies operate with LED volumes for virtual productions that want to use on-set finishing techniques.

“LED-wall technology now offers a viable alternative to the traditional green screen / post-production workflow for visual effects (VFX) shooting. Specifically, LED walls enable a composited shot to be captured on-set, rather than just previewed on-set, thereby removing the need for downstream post-production,” Geissler continued. “LED walls won’t replace green screen, both will co-exist going forwards as each is suited to a different type of VFX shot. The benefit of StarTracker Studio is that it handles both workflows”.

Register for the BCA Virtual Event and sign up for the live webinar on Tuesday 29th September 2020 at 3:30pm SGT / 8:30am BST: StarTracker Studio: Simplifying Virtual Studio Production.