We love to talk about Virtual Production! We want you all to know about the flexibility, the cost savings and how it can bring your dreams, and your production, to life. With limitless options available in the Virtual World, the KEY is prepping the production properly.

Why are we talking about this now?

Good question! Alex and Cobalt’s Virtual Production Operators spent last week at a workshop, taking a deep dive into the virtual workflow with the folks from Mo-Sys. We want to continue to share the wealth – well beyond the basics…

CG asset prep is key.

Virtual Production is sometimes sold as a quick way to do anything you can possibly imagine. Ummm, not so fast, Habersham… We’d like to point out that while there’s soooo much incredible flexibility with Virtual Production (and big expectations), Virtual Production still needs a healthy dose of pre-planning to maximize its AMAZING potential.

“Decisions must be made in advance of a shoot to maximize the power of the tech. Out of the box, you can certainly maximize production value while saving on production costs, BUT with a little pre-planning and building, you can create amazing synergy between the practical world and the virtual world,” says Cobalt’s onsite tech guru, Alex. Simply put, “With planning you can do extremely magical things.”

You don’t have to be in the city to shoot the city…

Beyond the basics.

Team Cobalt got seriously excited when a little gem came to light… Again, prepping assets is essential, BUT imagine being able to control the lighting of your CG environment LIVE via DMX!! So, if your scene is a club venue with dynamic lights, your on-set DMX OP can simultaneously control the practical lighting AND the CG lighting LIVE. And as we all know, DMX can control tons of VFX devices, like triggering motion control, fog machines, audio, etc. etc. Another example…. A driving shot. Your practical lighting of the occupants in the car, can match the CG street lights seen in the virtual world. Whoa. (see above)

Think about that for a second… Your practical lighting effects can perfectly match your Virtual Set. The possibilities to integrate your practical production elements into the VSet are literally limitless. This flexibility is one of the main reasons we were one of the earliest adopters (first on the East Coast!) of Virtual Production.

Want to talk soon about your Virtual Production? We do too! More little gems to come, stay tuned…

Learn about Virtual Productionand how to use it?

Cobalt’s got you covered. As the first company to offer Virtual Sets on the East Coast, we have the experience to guide you. Let’s have some fun 😉


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