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Sony unveils four new Crystal LED displays for virtual production

Both new models, the ZRD-VP15EB/23EB and ZRD-VP15EM/23EM, also see about 27 per cent power consumption decrease when compared to the current ZRD-B15A model, said Sony

Sony has unveiled VERONA, a suite of four new Crystal LED displays, with features including Deep Black and Anti-Reflection Surface Technology, to further support filmmakers and content creators in virtual production.

The newly developed Deep Black and Anti-Reflection Surface Technology delivers both deep black image expression and low-reflection performance that greatly reduces contrast loss caused by light from adjacent LED displays and studio lighting equipment, said Sony.

The technology significantly reduces the difference in contrast between the image projected on the LED display and the actor(s) performing in front of it on set – blending virtual and reality in the most natural way, reducing time and cost required for post-shooting adjustments, it added.

VERONA also achieves a high brightness of 1,500 cd/m2* and wide colour gamut covering more than 97% of DCI-P3 to reproduce realistic shooting locations. It also employs high-performance LED driver ICs, which enable high refresh rated up to 7,680Hz, to drastically reduce scanline artifacts on the camera, said Sony. Both new models, the ZRD-VP15EB/23EB and ZRD-VP15EM/23EM, are available in P1.56mm and P2.31mm pixel pitch.

“We are delighted to announce four new cutting-edge displays built for virtual production filmmaking that are set to elevate the realism of virtual production and accelerate its growth in the film industry,” said Rik Willemse, head of professional displays and solutions at Sony Europe.

The new displays are compatible with controllers widely used in the industry. The ZRD-VP15EB/23EB works with Brompton Technology’s Tessera SX40, the ZRD-VP15EM/23EM works with Megapixel’s HELIOS Processing Platform.

Both new models also see about 27 per cent power consumption decrease when compared to the current ZRD-B15A model.

Brompton Technology also announced that its Tessera LED processing solution powers VERONA.

“The decision to select Tessera LED solutions for the Crystal LED panels is because we consider Brompton Technology to be a leader for LED video processors in the virtual production industry,” added Yosuke Nakano, general manager of the LDS product planning dept, co-creation strategy and development div. at Sony Corporation. “Brompton has been very supportive, and our engineers have been collaborating closely with their technical team on this project.”