Virtual Set is the effective merger of CG and live action. The technology tracks camera position and orientation on stage, then merges the chroma key content with your CG environment IN FULL MOTION…IN REAL TIME. Essentially, while you’re shooting your green screen / live action element, you’re seeing a composite of the ENTIRE scene... LIVE.
It incorporates your live action with a CG environment, 4 HD video sources (or 3 4K videos), and through Motion Builder it can incorporate live animation via motion capture.
Virtual set is used to reduce budgets and maximize production value on many Hollywood blockbusters (the mantra on Jungle Book was ‘if the kid ain’t touching it, we’re not building it').
(Jungle Book won Academy Award for Best Effects using our technology - Virtual Set)
The technology has no end of significant benefits:
Directors can see the full composite and choreograph accordingly
D.P.’s can better compose shots and motivate / cue lighting
Actors see their environment
Clients ‘get it’
It streamlines post with the tracking meta-data
You leave with a rough composite to edit with
All of this, and of course the cost benefits of not building an entire set!