Virtual production and image robotics specialist Mo-Sys Engineerin has released a new multi-node media server solution for LED volumes to meet the demands of final pixel XR production for film and TV.
With virtual production increasing exponentially, in particular in the LED volume space, Mo-Sys has utilised its 20-plus years of film and broadcast technology innovation and experience to create the next step forward for XR media servers.
Mo-Sys VP Pro XR is a hardware and software solution combining multi-node nDisplay architecture, an improved VP Pro real-time compositor/synchroniser, and a new XR toolset. This XR media server system is focused on delivering cinematic capabilities and standards for cinematographers and focus pullers.
The launch of VP Pro XR follows the recently announced Mo-Sys Cinematic XR Focus capability. Cinematic XR Focus allows focus pullers to pull focus between real and virtual elements in an LED volume, and is now available on VP Pro XR.
The XR space to date has been predominantly driven by live event equipment companies. While these XR volumes have delivered cost savings by removing post-production compositing and lowering location costs, they have also introduced shooting limitations and an output image that isn’t yet comparable to non-real-time compositing. This was the reason behind the creation of VP Pro XR.
VP Pro XR is the first product release under Mo-Sys’ Cinematic XR initiative. The over-riding aim of Cinematic XR is to move final pixel XR production forwards in terms of image quality and shooting creativity from its initial roots using live event LED technology, to fit-for-purpose Cinematic XR technology.
Mo-Sys has outlined four key components to Cinematic XR, namely: improve image fidelity; introduce established cinematic shooting techniques to XR; enable seamless interaction between virtual and real set elements; and innovate new hybrid workflows combining final pixel and non-real-time compositing
Michael Geissler, Mo-Sys CEO, explained: “With our 20-year background in film robotics, we regularly get to hear what cinematographers and producers think and need. Whilst producers love the final pixel XR concept, cinematographers worry about image quality, colour pipeline, mixed lighting, and shooting freedom. We started Cinematic XR in response to this, and VP Pro XR is specifically designed to solve the urgent problems we have been made aware of by our cinematographer and focus puller colleagues.”
Mo-Sys will announce the initial VP Pro XR customers in June. VP Pro XR is available immediately.