LED for Virtual Production, XR and Film Studios
Are we to witness the end of the green-screen era? A silent revolution is taking place on film and TV sets, virtual production is enabling productions to create immersive and dynamic sets and backgrounds, based on simple LED panels instead of elaborate and costly set designs.
LED panels prove to be the ideal solution and canvas to portray sets and backgrounds created in virtual reality. Thereby creating maximum flexibility for the production teams to make last-minute set changes or slight alterations and comforting actors in a setting that is both real and immersive, enhancing their performance in comparison to performing against a green screen.
Virtual Productions & xR Stages
Event organizers are looking to invest in hybrid event platforms to position their businesses, bringing people together in new and engaging ways.
Data from the market is backing this up, smaller meetings and meetings with virtual delegates have to fill the gap, The change to being able to organize normal events will be very gradual. ROE Visual, a preferred supplier for most companies engaging in this fast-evolving technology, rises to the challenge.
A similar technology is used to create immersive video environments for broadcast. Replacing the traditional green screen element of a virtual studio allows the presenters and audience to see and interact with the content around them. This ground-breaking technology is already having a huge influence on how broadcasts are delivered across the globe.
LED in Film & Broadcast
This new and groundbreaking virtual production methodology is based on shooting films and series on a stage surrounded by massive LED walls displaying dynamic digital sets, with the ability to react to and manipulate this digital content in real-time during live production. Using an LED wall, floor, and optional ceiling, the set-up is scalable to any desired space. Using a virtual background cannot only reduce the costs of on-location shoots and post-production time, but it also can boost the performance of the actors involved.
Virtual productions: How does it work
By building a massive LED video wall, you can create dynamic digital sets that replace the traditional greenscreens. Adding a LED ceiling or LED floor you can even further enhance the dynamic digital environment. Making it as immersive as you want. LED ceilings also provide a responsive and stable light source for your set, offering an alternative towards regular TV and film lights. Creating the right canvas for this type of application is not just building any LED screen. It’s where the LED panel, processing and camera work together, complement and strengthen each other that real stunning results are achieved. The pixels on the LED wall are driven in real-time by the game engine, this requires sufficient driver IC to do a proper job.
This revolution started when Epic Games partnered with Lux Machina, Magnopus, Profile Studios, Quixel, ARRI, and DP Matt Workman to try out the capabilities of the latest virtual production toolset in Unreal Engine 4.23 for this specific application. When the right people, tools and materials come together, you can create thrilling and innovative filmmaking.
Premier choice LED products for Virtual Sets
So why do the ROE Visual LED panels have such an outstanding performance in this setting? Intensive testing and tweaking tell us, this is not down to one factor, but a combination of factors. Certain is that the combination of the LED screen and the processing and syncing of these with the camera, is crucial to get good results. This needs to be done for every setup. ROE Visual LED screens work with high-end components, and state of the art driver IC’s, which makes all the difference for the on-camera performance.
Premier choice for film & broadcast studios, used on the Mandalorian series. Black Pearl is a high-performance, broadcast-grade, HD-LED display for indoor applications. It has won many prestigious design awards, including the IDEA Gold Award and the Red Dot Award. Innovative user-friendly design supports fast and easy set-up for both hanging and stacking options. The ROE visual Black Pearl panel is superior due to its comparatively high amount of driver IC’s, outstanding calibration and unrivaled LED on a 2.8-pixel pitch.
Excellent brightness, high quality black or white LED and a low self weight make the Carbon series LED panels the perfect solution for touring, sports or events applications, where large videowalls need to be built quickly. The series comprises of the CB8 (outdoor/indoor), CB5 (outdoor/indoor) and CB3 (indoor). Clever accessories, like hanging and stacking options, touring frames and transport dollies complete the Carbon series.
Lightweight, cost-effective LED panel with a small pixel pitch and rich color display, ideal for virtual production stages (used for Hyper Bowl, MMC Studios). The Diamond DM2.6 LED is an affordable, LED panel with a vivid viewing experience. The Diamond DM2.6 screens cater for visual brilliance and a flawless finish in a lightweight panel.
Black Marble - interactive
Enhance your xR stage with an interactive LED floor, to create a more immersive experience with the sense data from the panels. The Black Marble LED panels are well-suited to create an immersive experience on floors, walls, multi-level stages or stairs.
All ROE Visual LED panels are capable to display visuals in either 10-bit or 12-bit HDR. By selecting the premium LED batches from carefully selected suppliers, ROE Visual is able to reach more than 90% of the color gamut on a rec2020 target. And last but not least for this type of application, ROE Visual LED panels are able to work with higher frame rates. Due to new high frame-rate options in the software, ROE Visual LED panels can reach up to 144 frames per second.
When using a live LED wall in place of a static green screen, you as a director gain additional benefits such as increased accuracy and control over framing and lighting. Instead of requesting your cinematographer to make an educated guess about virtual elements in the frame, you’ll actually be able to frame them directly in the viewfinder, and the cinematographer can light scenes according to their training and expertise. Your actors will know what they’re looking at and be able to modulate their performances to match the action instead of suffering from green-screen fatigue and disorientation.
Source: Fieldguide, Unreal Engine
LED for film & Virtual production Case studies
The fourth season of Star Trek: Discovery Paramount+ streaming series and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, recently wrapped shooting on Pixomondo’s flagship virtual production stage in Toronto. Both series employed virtual background environments displayed on the vast ROE Visual LED volume at PXO’s new facility.
Cine Gear Expo was the first exhibition for the ROE Visual US team in nearly two years, and what a joy to be back on the show floor! The Cine Gear Expo provided an excellent platform to reconnect with partners and clients in person.
New ROE Visual Ruby LED Panels Presented at Hibino Open House
Hibino's dedicated VFX studio, built in partnership with ROE Visual, creates an excellent opportunity to work with virtual production techniques for Japan-based filmmakers and producers.
Pixomondo and ROE Visual partner for one of the world's largest virtual production locations
Pixomondo and ROE Visual partner for one of the world's largest virtual production locations. ROE Visual has supplied the complete LED volume for Pixomondo's new virtual production flagship location in Toronto, Canada, comprising approximately 2000 Black Pearl BP2 V2 LED panels, and the LED ceiling consists of 750 Carbon Series CB5 LED panels.
“If the production involves a real-time LED wall, as a DP you’ll find plenty of new options for control over the image. Turnaround becomes far less time-consuming because rather than having to physically move the crew, actors, set pieces, and so on, you can just rotate the background scenery on the screen and be able to reset for a turnaround in moments instead of hours. This also means you can hold and control the time of day to any specific mood and color temperature you desire.”
Source: Fieldguide, Unreal Engine