Game on for new virtual studio at dock10
Manchester-based dock10 has announced that it will be offering 4k UHD-ready virtual studio capability based on games technology. Using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) rendering technology, programme makers will be able to create photorealistic output in real time, said the facility.
The system at dock10 will enable studio sets to combine physical and virtual elements in such a way that they are indistinguishable from each other, claims the company, allowing cameras to point in any direction across the whole of the studio “to deliver a seamless on-screen set”.
“We are very excited to deploy this new virtual studio capability,” said Andy Waters, head of studios at dock10. “As a passionate promoter of technology in television, we regularly collaborate with broadcasters and production companies looking to explore new ways to make television. We recognised that advances in gaming technology could be used to drive a significant leap forward for virtual studios, with the ability to build otherwise impossible sets opening up a world of exciting new possibilities for all programme makers.”
Existing sets created in any 3D modelling package can be imported into the system and a wide range of pre-made assets can be easily sourced, adapted and added into the design. The facility said its virtual studio solution was ideal for use beyond traditional news and sports programmes, meeting the demands of other genres such as children’s and entertainment.