A Study of the Industry Potential of Real-Time Virtual LED Sets as Compared to Traditional Film Sets for Future VFX Professionals

Alexus Aiken, Emil Polyak, Digital Media, Drexel University, 3141 Chestnut st, Philadelphia, Pa 19104

The study aims to compare and examine the use of a Real Time Virtual LED setup to a traditional green screen stage in the education of visual effects students and future visual effects professionals. As the industry pushes more towards real time virtual production, colleges face the conundrum of sticking to tried and true methods of compositing backgrounds for visual effects or evolving with the industry. The research may serve as a basis for educational institutions deliberating how to invest their funds in resources for students in digital compositing classes. Green screen stages have been the industry standard for decades. Many digital software packages students learn have built-in keyers which serve solely to remove green screen from film. However, limitations to green screen include sensor problems with cameras, green spill, and parallax issues when compositing in post. Real Time Virtual LED screen sets are becoming the industry standard and making traditional green screen sets obsolete due to their ability to project images from real world environments, CG generated environments, or green screen stages. They are also expensive and require dedicated and specialized software, on set technology, and skill sets. This research will aid in determining which option is optimal for an institution and their students’ needs. 

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Alexus Aiken

Institution: Drexel University

Type: Poster

Subject: Film/Photography Studies

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 7
Date/Time: Tue 3:30pm-4:30pm
Session Number: 5048