Motion capture specialist, Vicon, has announced a new collaboration with Berlin-based DARK BAY, one of Europe’s largest, permanently installed LED-studios for virtual productions.
The studio’s new virtual production stage consists of a 180.5-feet-circumference and 23-feet-high LED wall, as well as a modular LED ceiling, which enables digital backgrounds to be created in advance as a 3D world and displayed on the LED wall for filming. It also has a 360-degree revolving stage with a diameter of 69 feet and a load capacity of up to 25 tonnes.
The virtual studio, which provides eight high-performance workstations, is currently using systems from Vicon to enable “high-quality and real-time tracking of the camera movement, including 38 ViperX and 12 Vero 1.3 cameras, alongside Vicon’s dedicated VFX software, Shogun”.
Jantje Friese, Baran bo Odar and Philipp Klausing, producers of Netflix series 1899 and managing directors of DARK WAYS and DARK BAY, issued a joint statement, saying: “Virtual production can bring you to every imaginable place in the world with no limits of imagination. Beyond that, virtual production offers filmmakers endless possibilities to redefine creative spaces and move between real and fictional worlds.
“DARK BAY, one of Europe’s largest state-of-the -art virtual production spaces, will always be defined by its motion capture capabilities. Only the highest accuracy, flexibility and performance will suit the demands of high-profile productions. With decades of experience in the VFX space, we knew Vicon’s industry-leading tracking solutions were the best choice for achieving this level of precision. We look forward to our continued partnership and to push the boundaries of new filmmaking techniques.”
Imogen Moorhouse, CEO of Vicon, added, “As a company that has been involved in the VFX industry right from the beginning, we want to help enable production companies to push the boundaries of this space. Our work with DARK BAY is testament to this, and we are extremely proud that they selected us to play a part in this ground-breaking project and support them in taking virtual production techniques to the next level.”