Where Ideas Become Reality — Avid Maestro | Virtual Set

By in Graphics Solutions, IBC 2017, Studio Production

Virtual sets are a staple of broadcast presentation for all manner of programming, from news and sports, to children’s and magazine shows. As the technology has grown more sophisticated, however, so has the complexity and cost required to install, maintain and control it.

Most virtual sets require camera tracking which can be challenging to set up and maintain. In recent years, the trend has been toward integrating and synchronizing more and more cameras, with more points of potential failure. Tracking can also lag behind real-time camera movements, causing graphics perspectives to be out of line, potentially exposing your green-screen trickery.

At the same time, budgets remain tight and broadcasters can feel constrained having to work with existing designs while the competition shows off the bells and whistles of their flashy new studio.

But there is a way to create outstanding photo-realistic environments and interactive 3D virtual objects, and reduce the complexity and cost of virtual set operation.

Avid Maestro | Virtual Set is an all-in-one solution that tightly integrates hardware, software and camera tracking  to produce unique virtual environments that might not be physically or financially possible with a conventional set.

Captivate viewers with a single solution

Maestro | Virtual Set lets you present your stories in the most captivating ways imaginable. It provides all the tools you need to create and control fully immersive 3D virtual studio environments to enhance your storytelling. With its limitless creative possibilities, it offers an effective way to capture audience attention, present content in compelling new ways, and add visual excitement to news, sports, and entertainment productions.

 

Present content in creative ways

With tight integration between its dedicated hardware, software, and camera tracking technologies, Maestro | Virtual Set makes it easy to design unique virtual environments that might not be physically or financially possible with a conventional set. From standalone virtual studios, to interactive data-driven 3D virtual objects when paired with Maestro | AR, Maestro | Virtual Set delivers unmatched flexibility and power for any type of production environment that can all be easily controlled by a single operator.

You can also combine Maestro | Virtual Set with Maestro | TD Control to add even more visual excitement to your set. This pairing enables you to add 3D real-time graphics, video, augmented reality content, images, visual effects, and live data feeds across multiple high-resolution video displays in your virtual studio.

Get highly accurate camera tracking

In addition to working with Pattern Recognition and Opto-Mechanical tracking, Maestro | Virtual Set now comes with Avid’s new Xync 2.0 advanced infrared camera tracking system. Comprised of all-new high-resolution surveillance camera hardware and software, this new system offers a larger multi-camera tracking area, so it requires fewer surveillance cameras. With a full 360-degree range of movement, you gain free mobility within any virtual or conventional studio, enabling you to produce the most realistic virtual studio and augmented reality productions.

 

Controlled by a single operator

Controlling the system is equally simple and requires just a single operator to manage the virtual background and the on-air graphics. This is facilitated using an enhanced web browser interface, which is installed on the same HDVG real-time graphics rendering platform that renders all virtual studio content, eliminating the need for a main processing computer.

Track every move with precision

Avid’s new advanced Xync 2.0 infrared camera tracking system offers a larger multi-camera tracking area, so it requires fewer surveillance cameras. With a full 360-degree range of movement, you gain free mobility within any virtual or conventional studio, enabling you to produce the most realistic virtual studio.

If you already have a camera tracking system in place and don’t want to replace it, that’s not a problem. Maestro | Virtual Set is an open system that works with all leading  third-party tracking systems, including those from Vinten Radamec, Shotoku, Egripment, Mo-Sys, NCam, Telemetrics, BlackCam and more, enabling you to continue to leverage your existing investment using your own encoded cranes, manual/robotic pedestals, and other equipment.

Get a fully integrated workflow

This open integration also extends to support for all popular newsroom systems, including MediaCentral | Newsroom Management (formerly iNEWS), while also supporting a broad range of editing systems. Last but not least, Maestro | Virtual Set works natively with a wide range of studio automation and playout systems.

Maestro | Virtual Set naturally supports most 3D modeling tools, so you can design sets in 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, and others and bring them into Maestro | Virtual Set to create onscreen virtual studios and virtual objects.

 

Your platform to engage, and protect your ROI

With Maestro | Virtual Set, you can change the look and feel of your entire studio environment as quickly as you can imagine it, with rich textures, depth and perspective.

Less becomes more. Fewer cameras are required and the enhanced tracking system provides more flexibility of camera movement, and more accuracy, with a negligible two frames of delay for the entire system. Not only is the infrared tracking system highly accurate, its fully redundant architecture makes it incredibly reliable too.

OPEX costs are reduced too. Maestro | Virtual set can be managed and controlled by a single operator.

Maestro | Virtual Set enable studios operating even on modest budget to create eye-popping, hyper-realistic viewing experiences to keep audiences coming back for more.

Where Ideas Become Reality

With the new Maestro | Virtual Set, you can easily create photo-realistic environments and enhance any production to better engage viewers and enhance storytelling.

 

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As Senior Solution Marketing Manager for Broadcast at Avid, I am proud to bring captivating sports and graphic solutions to the broadcast market.