VA Corporation hopes to lead virtual production field through commercial virtual scouting platform ‘V Stage’

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Seoul — VA Corporation, a virtual reality production company based in South Korea. It will launch a commercial virtual scouting service that provides images of pre-filmed locations and scenes in virtual environments. Content creators can check the background and environment through web pages without visiting the site. while creating a real background by selecting and designing the location. Just set up the camera and set the lighting in advance.

VA Corporation’s platform called “V Stage” effectively helps creators customize the background of their content based on their filming concept. It will be the world’s first platform that allows content developers to visualize hard-to-visit places like deserts and forests. The shooting environment can be monitored with a 360-degree camera.

“Web-based virtual scouting is an untested service,” VA producer Choi Chan said at a media event on Nov. 30 at VA’s virtual production studio in Hanam, a southwestern satellite town. of Seoul “Guaranteed time efficiency during pre-production. Because I can choose and design a filming location in advance.

V Stage has created 3,100 real 3D spaces. “None of the cases have tried (launched) a web-based virtual surveillance platform that allows users to monitor all 3D environmental assets as if they were in a real location. ” said Choi. Content refers to the 3D space used as a background in virtual production. The platform was used to create Seoul in 1988 for “Seoul Vibem,” a 2022 Netflix action movie featuring dynamic car chase scenes.

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Virtual scouting reduces the time required in pre-production. and allows creators to use pre-checked optimal settings immediately after visiting the virtual production studio. The virtual environment can be examined with a 360° camera, so shooting compositions and scenes can be easily checked.

The VA will be upgrading the beta version of V-Stage, which will be released in September 2022, that will store data on virtual human movements. Artificial intelligence will be integrated to combine objects. together to create a unique natural background. “We will upgrade V Stage’s functions, user experience. and user interface At the same time, increasing the use of a virtual production studio by facilitating communication between users through the establishment of a content curation system and community function,” said VA Director Ko Byung-hyun.

Virtual production studios are becoming powerful content creation tools. Because it seamlessly combines physical and virtual elements using a set of software tools. Studios can save time and money by filming on stage and simultaneously viewing virtual graphics in real time. Visual Effects (VFX), which combines live footage and computer CG elements to create lifelike images. It has been worked on and repeated throughout the pre-production process.

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In May 2022, CJ ENM, the South Korean entertainment group that produced the 2020 Oscar-winning film “Parasite,” launched a virtual production featuring connected cameras and a large, tiny light-emitting diode screen. SK Telecom, the leading mobile phone operator in South Korea formed an association with three virtual media production companies to expand the domestic media ecosystem through visual effects studios.

“We are introducing a new paradigm for content production by leading the growth of virtual production by investing in the best technology and partners in the domestic market,” Ko said.

Covering approximately 15,000 square meters, VA’s virtual production studio uses real-time game rendering technology. The studio has facilities optimized for immersive content production, such as a wall-mounted LED stage that produces realistic graphics. includes VFX equipment and Extended Reality (XR) operating systems. XR refers to all digital environments created using virtual reality. Augmented reality and mixed reality

The key technologies included in the virtual production studio are “In-Camera Visual Effects (ICVFX)” is a new technique that allows users to film scenes and locations. This was possible after installing an LED wall in front of the performers in the studio. Less time spent on lighting and adjustments means more time to focus on the actual shot.

“There’s never been a case where a movie or drama was made with a completely virtual production method,” said Kim Woo-hyung, Virginia’s chief convergence officer. He added that the company is trying to improve the production quality needed in the film industry.

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Virginia aims to create a comprehensive content union that can cover all content production and distribution. In May 2022, the company launched plans to acquire ROOT M&C, a metaverse broadcast production company. which is a metaverse company specializing in virtual reality and augmented reality content. The company has made strategic investments in Amberlin, a performance content company known for producing AR and XR content, along with CJ ENM for various concerts, including KCON, an annual Korean culture convention for fans around the world.

Virginia is also working with LG’s AI Research Institute to make digital humans a reality. In February 2022, the two companies opened a joint research center in Hanam to develop LED walls optimized for ICVFX.

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