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  • Kerry

    MR Factory Delivers Real Time Virtual Production

    October 14, 2020, 2:43 pm
    Blackmagic Design today announced that MR Factory has deployed six URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 cameras, each paired with an Ultimatte 12 compositing processor, as the live action element of its 4K virtual production system.
    Fremont, CA – October 14, 2020 - Blackmagic Design today announced that MR Factory has deployed six URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 cameras, each paired with an Ultimatte 12 compositing processor, as the live action element of its 4K virtual production system.    


    The workflow seamlessly matches live green screen studio feeds with bespoke CG environments powered by OctaneRender, Unreal Engine and Infinity. Based in Madrid, clients have included HBO, TVE, Volkswagen, WPP Group and Tornasol Films.    

    Oscar M. Olarte, the cofounder of MR Factory, says: “We can now create, capture, and composite more than ten minutes of finished 4K content in real time, every day. This means actors can be placed in multiple photorealistic, computer generated locations during the course of a day’s shoot.”    

    “And because all of the compositing is done in real time through Ultimatte, directors and DPs can view and modify finished effects during production,” he explains. “That can save clients both time and money, particularly in post.”    

    The choice of URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2 chains meant that DPs had access to professional digital film cameras that would be found on a traditional live action shoot.    

    Through lockdown, the facility has allowed a number of productions to continue safely according to Oscar: “We had been scheduled to work on a TV commercial earlier this year for the UK market. We chose to bring a British director onboard; and some of the supporting crew were also UK based,” he explains. “However, when the lockdown came into effect, we had to rethink our approach. We came up with a solution using protocols that allowed the director to work remotely on the entire spot.”    

    To bring a virtual set to life, MR Factory relies on a camera tracking solution, which allows the team to precisely capture all camera and lens movements on stage. The 4K live studio foreground signal is then fed into Ultimatte 12, which combines the foreground with the CG background environment in real time.    

    “Pairing a dedicated Ultimatte keyer to each camera means we can shoot multiple angles, in a single take, without needing to worry about green spill,” Oscar continues. “I can safely say that Ultimatte is the best keying solution I’ve used in my 30 years of industry experience.” 

    All layers of the final composition, including foreground, background and garbage matte, are recorded using multiple HyperDeck Studio 12G broadcast decks and then synchronized by timecode. A Smart Videohub 12G 40x40 router handles signal management, routing live video feeds to screens around the studio for real-time preview.    

    The resulting 4K mixed reality sequences are then edited, graded and delivered using DaVinci Resolve Studio.    

    “Use of more advanced virtual production techniques is only set to increase,” Oscar concludes. “By combining the best of photoreal 3D, and Blackmagic Design’s studio technology, we’re confident MR Factory can continue to be a leader in this space.”    

    Press Photography  
    Product photos of Ultimatte 12, HyperDeck Studio 12G, Smart Videohub 12G 40x40, DaVinci Resolve Studio and URSA Mini Pro 4.6K G2, as well as all other Blackmagic Design products, are available at www.blackmagicdesign.com/media/images.    

    About Blackmagic Design  
    Blackmagic Design creates the world’s highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability in post production, while the company’s Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including 6G-SDI and 12G-SDI products and stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, UK, Japan, Singapore and Australia. For more information, please go to www.blackmagicdesign.com.     

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      KRIYA Graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio

      October 26, 2020, 3:05 pm
      Blackmagic Design today announced that “KRIYA,” the new horror film by award winning filmmaker Sidharth Srinivasan, was graded using DaVinci Resolve Studio. Grading of the intense horror film was completed by Delhi based colorist Divya Kehr, with the film premiering at the virtual Fantasia 2020 film festival.

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      The Cleansing Hour Uses Blackmagic Design

      October 20, 2020, 4:16 pm
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      Coca-Cola Commercial Graded with DaVinci Resolve

      October 15, 2020, 2:22 pm
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      Kia Emmy® Spot Uses URSA Mini Pro 12K Cameras

      October 12, 2020, 3:21 pm
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      HBO’s Huracán Shot with URSA Mini Pro 4.6K

      October 8, 2020, 3:14 pm
      Blackmagic Design today announced that the new psychological thriller “Huracán” was shot using a Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K digital film camera. Premiering this month on HBO and available to stream on HBO Max, the film was also graded with DaVinci Resolve Studio.

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      Beckman Uses Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

      October 6, 2020, 7:38 pm
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      Horror Film ALIVE. Created with Blackmagic Design

      October 1, 2020, 3:36 pm
      Blackmagic Design today announced that the new horror film by Rob Grant, “ALIVE.,” used Pocket Cinema Camera 4K for action shots. The film, which was shown across the United States in drive in theaters in September of 2020, was also graded using Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve.

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      September 3, 2020, 3:17 pm
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