Digital Catapult has joined forces with Target3D and PROTO to launch the UK’s first network of Advanced Media Production studios, which it says will “amp up” digital entertainment by democratising access to cutting-edge screen production technologies.
The studio network, which connects London to the North East, will leverage motion capture, virtual production, 5G private networks, XR equipment and photogrammetry to meet demand for compelling content, said the companies.
Creatives will have access to LED screens, graphics processing (GPU) and rendering compute power, 360 live-action filming facilities, photogrammetry, and 4D videogrammetry stages as part of the network.
Utilising a sophisticated private 5G network, the UK’s first interconnected 5G-enabled studio provides a permanent facility that will enable different types of media content to be created at the same time, the companies added.
The network of studios adds to the 20 facilities that Digital Catapult already has across the UK.
Jeremy Silver, CEO of Digital Catapult said: “For the last decade, Digital Catapult has been a pioneer of investment in digital entertainment, concentrating our efforts on the UK’s creative industries, and strengthening the relationship between technology and the arts. We are thrilled to unveil the UK’s first network of Advanced Media Production studios in collaboration with Target3D and PROTO.
“Through our concerted efforts including years of direct industry engagement and the support of InnovateUK, Digital Catapult has built the case for new public investments such as the AHRC’s CoSTAR programme to secure funding, to further advance the success of the UK’s creative industries at scale. Our vision is to continue to push at the boundaries, ahead of mainstream adoption and thus ensure that UK expertise leads the world in a new era of entertainment that combines sustainability and creativity, and redefines how media is produced, shared, and experienced.”