Mo-Sys technology enables set extensions for Garden Studios’ LED volume
Mo-Sys Engineering has seen its latest VP Pro XR server deployed by London’s Garden Studios for its state-of-the-art virtual production (VP) stage installed in March 2021. Garden Studios is adding a second StarTracker camera and lens tracking system to support its ongoing R&D and expansion.
Garden Studios’ virtual production facility allows filmmakers to shoot real-time VFX shots on set, using virtual graphics displayed on an LED volume to create photo-realistic backdrops. The benefit being the reduction or elimination of post-production compositing and the associated costs. Garden Studios also hosts MetFilm School on-site giving students the opportunity to work with emerging VP technologies alongside industry professionals.
“We already use Mo-Sys VP Pro software with StarTracker for our main LED volume, what we wanted was set extension (XR) capability in order to offer clients additional creative capability,” said Mark Pilborough-Skinner, Virtual Production Supervisor, Garden Studios. “We chose VP Pro XR for its set extension quality and unique cinematic XR features, but also because it’s designed by a highly innovative company that understands film, television, and broadcast production.”
VP Pro XR is a purpose-built scalable XR server that enables traditional shooting techniques within LED volumes. One unique feature of VP Pro XR is Cinematic XR Focus enabling focus pulls between talent or objects in the physical studio, and virtual objects positioned deep in the virtual world displayed in the LED volume. This means that for the first time, an LED volume can be used as more than just a backdrop, and can instead deliver far greater interactivity between real and virtual elements enabling better storytelling.
“We designed VP Pro XR to deliver Cinematic XR capability, to solve known issues when shooting in LED volumes, and to deliver the specific capabilities demanded by film and broadcast creatives. We’re delighted to have such a forward-thinking company as Garden Studios as a customer, and we appreciate their continued investment in Mo-Sys technology,” added Michael Geissler, CEO, Mo-Sys. “We look forward to working closely with the team there and to help bring through the next generation of filmmakers and cinematographers from MetFilm School.”