On Wednesday, Aug. 25, Epic Games will host a free webinar titled "The Next Step in Virtual Production" focusing on the role of the new Unreal Engine virtual movie production engine, which provides real-time realistic images for background LED walls in many virtual productions.
The new version 4.27 of the Unreal Engine will realize a number of new features specifically for virtual movie production to further improve usability, efficiency and quality. The webinar will feature members of Epic&s virtual production team who will reveal more about how the new release will open up new possibilities for live action and animated content creation, and talk about how the explosive growth of in-camera visual effects (ICVFX) and virtual graphics for production inspired the development of Unreal Engine 4.27.
Film set of a virtual production.
Topics of the webinar.
- The latest ICVFX toolkit.
- How its powerful new workflows solve key production problems
- The production requirements that inspired its development
- What its rapid growth means for anyone involved in virtual production
Movie set of a virtual production
Demo of Unreal Engine 4.27 virtual filmmaking features.
Recently, Epic Games teamed up with filmmaking collective Bullitt to demo (test) the latest in-camera VFX tools in Unreal Engine 4.27 www.unrealengine.com/en-US/spotlights/taking-unreal-engine-s-latest-in-camera-vfx-toolset-for-a-spin. To put each of the new tools through their paces, a short demo clip was created that mimics a production workflow:
Here&s the look behind the virtual scenes:
What is "virtual film production"?
Virtual film production combines new techniques to merge the different stages of the traditionally linear process of producing a film (pre-production, shooting, post-production) using live computer-generated images on set. Its advantages are that the final product, the final look of a film (including grading and CGI images) is already visible to the film team during production and not only in the post-production phase. This makes film production faster, more collaborative, and provides immediate feedback to all involved on visual change requests.
Scene of a virtual production
The Unreal Engine from Epic Games plays a central role in many productions. It is a graphics engine and associated tools that were originally developed for creating and displaying artificial worlds in computer games. The degree of realism is so high with the current version that it can realistically represent many scenes in real time, providing the basis for virtual film production.
Scene of a virtual production
Using the virtual film set, the director and his team can scout or change the desired locations and determine camera settings and movements even before the shoot. Instead of green screens, four LED walls (3 sides plus ceiling) in the studio display the rendered film set, which can be changed in real time, e.g. to change the lighting or manipulate objects in it.
This way, creative decisions for the final image can be made directly on set together by the participants of all departments (such as DOP, VFX, lighting and direction) and tested live together.
On this topic, see also our article Is the future of film production virtual? and The difficulties of virtual film production.
Setup for scene in moving car
So if you are interested in the topic of virtual film production, you should register for the webinar online registration, the event will then start on Wednesday, August 25.