Welcome to another edition of VP Land, your guide to all things video tech.
As a non-Unreal Engine pro, I’m excited about new tech that makes VP quicker and easier. Vu just launched a new product that does just that, and we’ve got an interview with CEO Tim Moore explaining the thought process and goals behind the new Vu One.
I’ve also got a request for a bigger story I’m working on: if you know of any companies or projects that are doing interesting things and using tech from Nvidia and a cloud service provider (AWS or Google), reply back and let me know.
Alright, let’s jump into the issue:
📦 Vu’s new virtual studio in a box
🪂 GoPro’s new HERO 12
🚤 AI at Venice Film Fest
Vu’s Virtual Studio in a Box 📦
As mentioned at the top, Vu just announced a new virtual production kit: the Vu One.
One part turnkey virtual production studio in a (very, very, big) box. That’s cool, but you could obviously put a setup together yourself.
The second part is where things get innovative: Vu’s Virtual Studio, a software platform that makes creating and running virtual scenes a lot easier.
Let’s break down both parts.
Vu One offers a complete, configurable VP setup, which includes:
It’s a fully configurable setup. Base size starts at 13x9 ft but can go much bigger (as pictured above) and be configured flat or curved.
The stereo camera tracker is quite clever. You can use gestures to manipulate objects in the scene, such as a light or chair, Minority Report style, without having to deal with Unreal Engine or a computer.
While this covers your background and camera tracking, you may have noticed one component missing - lighting. The key to selling a VP shot is getting your subject lighting to match your virtual environment.
“In November, we're releasing a number of new features and integrated lighting is a big part of it,” says Vu CEO Tim Moore. Basically, the stereoscopic camera will also be able to track and measure the amount of practical lights in the real world, and adjust the lighting in the virtual scene to match.
“That allows you to intelligently understand where the light is motivating in the scene, and then use wireless lights for that.”
Now what brings the stage together (and makes the tracking possible) is with Vu’s Virtual Studio software.
One of the biggest challenges with virtual production isn’t the hardware but the technical knowledge and crew needed to run the equipment and Unreal Engine.
This was a continual problem Tim would keep encountering as they built custom installs around the country.
“We were running into the same problem, and that was that he really needed to train an expert team to be able to run all this technology. So the Vu One came out of the thought process of can we make a product that has the power of virtual production, but the simplicity of just a smart TV.”
Tim Moore, Vu CEO
Vu’s Virtual Studio is an App Store of sorts for virtual production. Running off a smartphone or tablet, it has a library of 2D and 3D assets and built-in tools such as:
This enables a variety of workflow options, from something as simple as loading a 2D image or using a text prompt to create a 2.5D plate, to more technical setups such as scanning and loading a NeRF of an environment or loading a complete Unreal Engine scene.
“Our thought is that by aggregating all of the best tools, we can let the user decide what their workflow is,” says Tim.
Rising Trend: Easier Virtual Production
The Vu One offers monthly payment options starting at $5600 for the base model (or you can buy it outright for $249k). It’s projected to start shipping in Q4 of 2023.
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GoPro Launched HERO12, Adds More Pro Features
GoPro just announced version 12 of their iconic action cam. While the design has pretty much stayed the same, they managed to pack in some new pro-level features that make the camera easier to use on professional shots.
TimeCode Sync: No more scratch track syncing. Using the Quik app you can sync all your GoPro cameras.
Bluetooth Audio Support: Connect Airpods or any Bluetooth mic for better audio quality. Plus dual channel audio support
Standard ¼“ tripod mount. No more adapters.
10-bit color with GP-Log Encoding
Vertical capture. Field of view expands up to 48%
Up to 2X longer runtime. 70 minutes of recording time in 5.3K60 (previously 35 minutes)
Hypersmooth 6.0 upgraded
Max Lens Mod 2.0 - swap out lenses for 177° field of view (normal view maxes out at 155°)
Cold weather enduro battery included
Available at the same standard price: $399
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