Sony and Studios de France create virtual studio
Monday, 16 January 2023
sonyThe new studio is intended for premium film and AV production
France - Sony has joined forces with Plateau Virtuel (virtual production studio, subsidiary of the Novelty-Magnum-Dushow Group) and Studios de France (the leading set provider for broadcasting in France) to create the first virtual studio with a 90m² Sony Crystal LED B-series screen (18m wide x 5m high) in Seine Saint Denis, north of Paris, France.
This project will deliver ‘unrivalled image quality for producers and cinematographers alike, as Sony Crystal LED display technology is combined with the VENICE camera capture technology’.
"Our virtual production offering offers a unique image quality. We are delighted to open, with Plateau Virtuel and Studios de France, the first studio in Europe that will host creators and productions using Crystal LED technology on a wall of exceptional dimensions,” commented Fabien Pisano, sales director, media solutions, Sony Europe.
The facility is set in a 700m2 set in the Studios de Lendit near Paris. Its curved screen, measuring 18m wide and 5m high, is composed of 450 "assortments" each including a combination of eight LED modules.
Sony's Crystal LED technology allows for a very high contrast ratio, a very thin pitch (1.5mm vs. 2.6mm the current market standard) even with a curved screen, and the best reproduction of details and movements.
"It's a screen that took 15 days to assemble, working with the Sony teams. Most studio screens are placed on the ground, for us it was important to have a suspended structure in order to be able to slide floors underneath, be they LED or other kind of floors. We also have an LED ceiling that allows us to do integration if necessary " says Bruno Corsini, technical director of Plateau Virtuel.
"The project was born after filming a campaign for the European Space Agency in virtual production using the Venice camera. The production was good but Plateau Virtuel wanted to go even further, that's where the discussion began. How to take virtual production to a higher level in terms of reproduction but also in terms of quality on set?" says Fabien Pisano, sales director, media solutions, Sony Europe.
"In all the exchanges with Sony, we gave them very precise specifications. And during the tests we were able to do, we worked directly with Sony technicians both on the hardware and the software. They accompanied us on many tests. Today, we have developed a whole synchronization system with the Sony VENICE camera." says Bruno Corsini, technical director of Plateau Virtuel.
This new studio, intended for premium film and AV production, is also intended to support television production, opening up new possibilities for Studios de France.

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