dock10 has unveiled a new 4K UHD-ready virtual studio capability using Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) rendering technology.
UE4 lets programme makers create photorealistic output in real time. Studio sets can combine physical and virtual elements in such a way that they are indistinguishable from each other. It also allows cameras to point in any direction across the whole of the studio to deliver a seamless on-screen set.
Existing sets created in any 3D modelling package can be imported into the system, making the studio solution usable beyond traditional news and sports programmes, meeting the demands of other genres such as children’s and entertainment.
dock10 head of studios Andy Waters 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.”