Italian Creative Agency Uses Ultimatte 12 for Building Virtual Reality Studio Sets

Date: 07/02/2020
Italian Creative Agency Uses Ultimatte 12 for Building Virtual Reality Studio Sets

Blackmagic Design today announced that ViSo Video Solutions has upgraded its virtual reality studios, relying on Ultimatte 12 compositing processors and URSA Broadcast cameras, to produce national television commercials and shows, for clients such as Sky Italia, Mediaset, ESL and Netco Sports.

Founded in 2010, the company not only offers clients its VR services, it also creates all computer generated (CG) and 3D assets needed in house, and provides all post production which includes editing and grading in DaVinci Resolve Studio.

“Augmented and virtual studio environments bring so many benefits to productions,” begins Luigi Nino, general manager at ViSo. “We chose to develop our VR system in house so that we could control every aspect, and customize materials, lighting, animations and effects for each clients’ specific needs.”

The studio’s VR set is 130 square meters and uses three tripod mounted URSA Broadcasts as well as a dolly mounted 4.5m jib on a six meter track. An ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K, with ATEM 1 M/E Advanced Panel, is used for live vision mixing.

“When you have multiple cameras like this shooting from different angles, it can be quite easy to miss a bit of spill, however having a dedicated Ultimatte attached to each camera chain, paired with the correct lighting, ensures we always get the best possible key,” adds Luigi.

He continues: “We’d used Ultimatte previously and made the decision to upgrade to Ultimatte 12 as it is much better at dealing with green spill. Not only that it can also create quick and very accurate garbage mattes.”

On moving CG objects in a set, Luigi explains, “We have our own in house software that essentially takes control of all 3D/CG elements in the scene and allows us to edit them. You can visualize them in real-time and if something needs changing you can import models, pre-visualize them, move them, make them bigger or smaller, anything you want.”

Once they decide on how the scene will look, it will be ‘frozen’ and it is ready to be recorded with the help of Ultimatte.

“One of my favorite examples is ESL Italy’s fortnightly magazine show, called House of Esports, which is shown on DMAXHD. We put the host and guests in the game being discussed and they can then get up and walk around the set and it just looks incredible.

The scene is full of characters, effects and animations with elements in both the background and foreground to create a very realistic virtual set.”

Luigi concludes: “Since Blackmagic Design acquired Ultimatte, I have been astonished at the improvements made to an already fantastic chroma keyer. Combined with all of our other Blackmagic hardware, we now have a complete chain for acquisition and control at an amazing price point which ensures we achieve our quality objectives.”



Tags: Blackmagic Design | Blackmagic | Ultimatte | Green Screen | Compositing | Virtual Reality | VR | URSA Broadcast | DaVinci Resolve
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Riedel Provides Comprehensive, Future-Proof Comms Solution for Belgiums Historic Theatre Royal de la Monnaie Posted: 14/02/2020
Riedel Provides Comprehensive, Future-Proof Comms Solution for Belgiums Historic Th and eacute; and acirc;tre Royal de la Monnaie

The historic Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie, also known as the De Munt Theatre, has upgraded its entire staff communications infrastructure based on intercom equipment from Riedel Communications. Consisting of the Artist digital matrix intercom, Bolero wireless intercom in both integrated and standalone modes, and SmartPanel multifunctional user interfaces, the Riedel solution surpasses the theater's requirements for highly flexible, reliable, high-quality, and future-proof intercom operations.

Located in the heart of Brussels at the Place de la Monnaie, the De Munt Theatre is one of the most prestigious opera houses in the world and the largest in Belgium, with more than 450 employees. Over its 300-year history, the theater has survived a revolution, a fire, and two world wars, as well as the normal passage of time and evolution of technology. The Riedel upgrade was part of a massive renovation project that closed the De Munt Theatre for two years beginning in 2016.

 

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VuWall Enhances VuScape Video Wall Controller With Collaboration and KVM Features Posted: 13/02/2020
VuWall Enhances VuScape Video Wall Controller With Collaboration and KVM Features

VuWall, a leader in video wall control systems, continues its commitment to bridging AV and IT sources and allowing users to easily and intelligently control and manage any video wall deployment with the addition of new collaboration and KVM features to its VuScape video wall controller. With VuScape's full-featured management software, users can "control what they see" and distribute all content sources to any display on the network with the utmost flexibility.

"Today's control room is a complex hub of incoming data from a range of sources — including IP cameras, encoders, applications and documents, as well as HDMI/DVI/DP inputs — that users must command easily at any given moment," said Paul Vander Plaetse, CEO at VuWall. "VuScape simplifies the control room workflow, giving users everything they need to manage all their content streams. Whether at the video wall or from a desktop, VuScape effectively closes the gap between the different source formats in a user-friendly, future-proof controller."

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