Microsoft adds another important element to its growing computing arsenal by turning its latest mixed-reality capture studio into the focus of the film business: Hollywood
Following the mixed-reality capture studio in Redmond, Washington, San Francisco and London, the new studio is partnering with Metastage, a new Los Angeles-based mixed reality production company led by VR producer Christina Heller.
"Metastage captures incredible achievements that you can see in front of you," said Christina Heller, CEO of Metastage. "Whether you're using a VR or AR headset, a 2D screen, or just a cellphone, your instincts will come in and you'll try to touch them as many of us have."
Similar to the London-based Mixed Reality Capture Studio, which has entered into a partnership with the local production studio Dimension, the partnership with Metastage is the first US partnership to do so Studio launched. 19659002] As with the other studios, the facility is equipped with devices that allow producers to capture volumetric video from people on green screens, which is then used in high-end AR and VR productions such as movies, TV, and applications. In the studio in Los Angeles, producers will have access to over 100 12-megapixel machine vision cameras.
The reason why volumetric footage So important is the fact that producers can create original digital characters and instead shoot real actors and models whose natural looking performances are possible to integrate quickly and seamlessly into any digital environment they can imagine.
I recently had a chance to visit the San Francisco Mixed Reality Capture Studio and meet Steve Sullivan, the facility's general manager, who guided me through the workings of the studios. And while the facilities are relatively small, the results achieved in the small rooms are very powerful.
A recent example is the VR app Blade Runner 2049: Memory Lab, a companion app to the feature film 2017 Blade Runner 2049 Film. When you open the app in VR via the Oculus Rift, you're greeted with a digital hostess that's so well integrated with the environment that I first thought it was a digital creation.
But she was, in fact, an actor who had been inducted into one of the Mixed Reality Capture studios. Later, you will be asked to play detective while you are sending volumetrically trapped people around a crime scene as you search for their positions.
Although many producers and app creators are still unaware of the technology, yet it's a powerful new production method that makes immersive experiences easier and faster.
With Microsoft's decision to open the latest Mixed Reality Capture Studio in Los Angeles independent producers, the company is helping Hollywood's transformation from traditional 2D film into the new world of immersive experiences.