Hello! Welcome to another edition of VP Land.
Remember when you spent hours watching the making of videos for the LOTR trilogy and Peter Jackson was like, “Yeah the visual effects were so complicated we made our own VFX company.”
20ish years later that toolset is about to open up for anyone to use.
🎦 Unity launches Wētā Tools
📹 Hollyland launches a livestreaming camera
🎤 NVIDIA’s keynote speech at SIGGRAPH
and more! Let’s dive in.
Unity's Wētā Tools Shake Up Digital Virtual Content Creation
Unity just dropped Wētā Tools - a complete toolchain for 3D creation, simulation, and rendering.
This is essentially opening up the powerful tools used by Weta Digital, the FX powerhouse behind projects such as Lord of the Rings and The Last of Us, into apps that anyone can use.
The toolset covers a wide range of uses, from character creation to compositing to digital environments to virtual production.
Ziva: A realistic character design tool that enables artists to create more lifelike characters.
Wig: A complex hair and fur engine that assists in creating realistic hair and fur for characters.
Deep Compositing Toolset: This toolset is designed to help with Computer Generated (CG) renders, enhancing the visual effects and graphics quality.
SyncSketch: A real-time feedback platform that allows for immediate collaboration and an iterative design process.
The Backstory between Unity & Weta
2021: Unity acquired Weta Digital, a company renowned for its work on several high-profile films and shows such as Avatar, Game of Thrones, and Lord of the Rings.
2021-2023: Over the next two years, Unity integrated the creative expertise of Weta Digital into its platform, enhancing its capabilities for creating and operating interactive, real-time 3D content.
2023: Unity announced the launch of the Wētā Tools division, a suite of new tools and features designed to streamline content creation and simplify workflows for character artists and 3D content developers.
This AI integration is being referred to as "assisted artistry".
The primary goal of the AI is to ensure a wider range of non-experts can use the new tools, making content creation more scalable.
Unity's application of AI is designed to support, not replace, artists and creators.
AI-assisted workflows ensure creators maintain ownership of the content they produce.
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Hollyland’s New Livestreaming Camera
Hollyland, a company typically associated with affordable wireless audio and video solutions, just released its second camera, the VenusLiv.
Horizontal or portrait: the camera (and 5” HD LCD touchscreen) can be mounted for horizontal or portrait recording & streaming.
WiFI & LAN: Connect to the internet over wifi or hard wire via ethernet
HDMI and UVC outputs: The VenusLiv has a full HDMI output, plus USB Video Class, meaning you can plug into your computer and send the video signal directly - no capture card needed.
Direct RTMP connection: Stream to all major platforms directly from the camera. Or connect to a computer to use mixing software for higher-end streams (such as OBS or vMix).
6X zoom. Easy color correction. 3.5mm mic inputs. DC & battery power. Plays nicely with Hollyland’s microphone accessories.
Would’ve been nice to see…
NDI and/or SRT support. For a livestreaming camera, this would’ve opened up a lot of professional options to integrate this into more broadcast setups, especially since it has built-in ethernet.
But that’s probably not the target market for this camera.
And while it does record to SD card, there’s very little info on what kind of quality it can record.
Like we said at the start: very clear focus. Livestreaming.
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