Salford’s dock10 is to launch a new 4k UHD ready virtual studio capability using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) rendering technology.
By using UE4, programme makers can create photorealistic output in real-time. The system enables studio sets to combine physical and virtual elements that are indistinguishable from each other. It also allows cameras to point in any direction across the whole of the studio to deliver an on-screen set.
Existing sets created in any 3D modelling package can be imported into the system and pre-made assets can be added into the design.
Andy Waters, Head of Studios at dock10, said: “We are very excited to deploy this new virtual studio capability. 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.”