Pixotope: BaM Shortlist – Produce

Pixotope: BaM Shortlist – Produce

IABM Journal

Pixotope: BaM Shortlist – Produce

Journal Article by Pixotope

Tue 20, 12 2022

Pixotope is at the forefront of democratizing virtual production and empowering content creators with accessible solutions for boundary-pushing immersive storytelling. Our XR Edition, based on our award-winning virtual production graphics software, was developed in response to the growing use of LED volumes in virtual production and the resulting need for hardware optimization as well as simplified, efficient, and resilient workflows. XR Edition removes the need for bespoke set ups and proprietary hardware to power extended reality (XR) workflows and environments. The result is an off-the-shelf software solution featuring a range of purpose-built tools that simplify setup and operation.

Optimized Hardware Usage

Multi-input switching ensures that the images on your LED volume and your AR rendering synchronously change perspective when switching between cameras in a single frame without the need for additional hardware. With multi-output support, Pixotope can also drive several large LED volumes from a single server/workstation, reducing the amount of hardware needed. It also mitigates many common issues such as output synchronization and sharing of assets over multiple machines. With shipping/manufacturing delays causing problems across all industries, reducing the need for multiple hardware devices results in less of a reliance on a currently unreliable supply chain.

Simplified Set Up

A simplified set-up ultimately provides greater accessibility to virtual production and the use of LED volumes, as well as saving time, resources and costs. Users can quickly and easily match the colors of ICVFX and those appearing through the LED volume for seamless AR/XR workflows and effects with Pixotope Color Match. This is useful when AR is used alongside XR for set extension or when adding virtual elements to a scene as color reproduction is affected by both the camera and LED volume, making it difficult to accurately color match. Furthermore, by combining procedural geometry creation tools and tracking technology through the LED mesh import and automatic alignment tools, users have an automated method for converting CAD and geometry representations of LED volumes to virtual LED projection surfaces. These will be further refined using computer vision to ensure perfect registrations for XR and AR set extension, significantly reducing set-up time.

Resilience & Redundancy

Finally, clear and comprehensive health and diagnostics monitoring enables users to proactively address any issues that might arise and quickly troubleshoot and, in the case of a system failure, seamlessly failover to a back up machine.

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