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knowledge and skills gap,” says Stephen Gallagher, marketing director at Mo-Sys. Content producers who are considering making the transition to an LED virtual studio need to find a partner who understands the complete workflow, from camera tracking to lighting, and the nuances of LED screen technology. There aren’t many companies with that level of knowledge, capability and experience.” Prak adds: “Not only do we suffer from a more general post-pandemic skills gap, but the skills required to make this all happen are scarce. We need qualified and trained operators and highly technical people capable of making the interconnected ecosystem from camera to LED screen work. The technical set-up and complexity of an XR stage is still underestimated. Where a stable-performing LED screen capable of handling the required technical specs is helping in the process, it’s not the most complicated part of the whole system.” All the while, innovation is advancing. Ghostframe, which is developed by AGS, Megapixel VR and Roe Visual, offers live multisource display and capture. “It’s beneficial in virtual production or XR studios, for either film or broadcast, as it allows you to shoot scenes with multiple cameras in one take,” notes Prak. “Each camera can simultaneously shoot a different background. You can add your XR worlds with the option for hidden tracking or even have director cues only visible in the studio on the volume.”
Now, productions of all sizes are using XR. All you really need is a tracked camera, an LED backdrop, content and sometimes just a basic Disguise set-up. “Since the technology and markets have matured and there are more studios around the world, companies no longer
need to build a stage in order to do an XR production,” says Rockhill. “There are many available for hire. Disguise has a powerful community of studios based around the world that can help you.” There are still challenges, notably around training. “There is definitely a
“Each camera can simultaneously shoot a different background. You can add your XR worlds with the option for hidden tracking or even director cues”
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