Broadcast News

Bookmark and Share

Brompton Blurs The Line Between Virtual And Real

News Image
Brompton Technology's cutting-edge 4k Tessera SX40 LED processors have been used to seamlessly merge the virtual and real worlds on screen for the BBC's new police thriller, Better.

To capture the crime series' complex storyline of relationships of loyalty and family, the production team collaborated with Universal Pixels (UP), a top-tier video equipment supplier with a strong track record of providing playback for vehicle driving scenes.

UP filmed multiple internal car scenes, utilising Brompton Technology's cutting-edge 4k Tessera SX40 LED processors to seamlessly merge the virtual and real worlds on screen.

Providing a virtual production team and the necessary equipment to guide the production process seamlessly from start to finish, UP leveraged their extensive experience in the film and TV industry to create an innovative VP setup tailored to the unique needs of the production.

"During our week-long shoot at Prime Studios in Leeds, we were given nine distinct plates that needed to be precisely positioned around the LED screen for playback," said Dan Edmonds, UP's ICVFX Account Manager. "We used ROE Diamond LED panels to create three 6m walls and a ROE Onyx ceiling, with the processing expertly handled by three Tessera SX40 LED processors and six Tessera XD data distribution boxes. The playback was executed using disguise media servers, all fully genlocked."

UP ensured that all their ROE panels were dynamically calibrated using Brompton's Hydra advanced measurement system, making them Brompton HDR-ready. Additionally, the team utilised core features like Dark Magic, which they found vital during the project. "As most of our shoots were carried out with the LED processing running at a very low brightness level, particularly for the night scenes, Dark Magic proved to be instrumental in enhancing the details in the darker areas of the image, resulting in a significant improvement in the overall visual quality," Edmonds explains.

The BBC crew were extremely satisfied with the outcome. UP's creation of multiple vehicle scenes was prominently featured in most episodes and played a crucial role in the series' storyline "When we saw the final production on TV, it was remarkable to see how seamlessly the LED volume had been integrated. It was almost impossible to tell which scenes were VP and which were on location shoot!" exclaims Edmonds, highlighting the incredible level of realism achieved through UP's virtual production techniques and high-quality equipment.

"We know that when we use Brompton, the processing will be reliable and our colour workflow will be correct," adds Edmonds. "It also gives us plenty of options to make adjustments should we need to do any outside of our playback solution."

"Universal Pixels are taking full advantage of Brompton's Dynamic Calibration technology and unlocking performance-enhancing features such as Dark Magic for dark-area detailing," concludes Patrick Goodden, Technical Sales Manager (UK & Ireland) at Brompton Technology. "We're excited to see our industry-leading LED processing solutions implemented to such great effect on gripping TV thriller productions such as BBC's Better."

Top Related Stories
Click here for the latest broadcast news stories.

THOR AV Chooses Brompton LED Processing As Its LED Partner
THOR AV has chosen Brompton LED processing as its trusted LED partner, helping its clients to create a visual experience that is lifelike and real. "O
LDI Success For Brompton Technology’s Dynamic Calibration
Brompton Technology's Dynamic Calibration was one of this year's LDI Show's most talked about new technologies, with more than 300 existing and potent
Brompton Technology Reports Resounding Success At ISE 2020
Brompton Technology has hailed ISE 2020 as a resounding success, after giving visitors to this year's exhibition the first European showing of its Dyn
Turkey's Revolutionary Virtual Production House Relies On Brompton
MGX Studio, a revolutionary project in Turkey birthed during the pandemic, has brought together both conventional and pioneering technologies used by
Digital Tech Supports Immersive Theatrical Experience In Australia
A recent interpretation of Verdi's Aida opera in Australia has been brought to life thanks to digital solutions from Brompton Technology. The performi
Brompton Technology's Tessera LED Powers Sony's Crystal LED VERONA
Brompton Technology has announced that Tessera LED processing solution powers Sony Corporation's new Crystal LED VERONA. These cutting-edge LED displa
Brompton Technology To Launch Tessera S8 LED Processor At ISE 2020
Brompton Technology is to launch its new Tessera S8 LED processor at ISE 2020 in Amsterdam, Stand 12-C117. The Tessera S8 is a cost-effective solution
Panavid Invests In Brompton Technology's Tessera SX40 LED Processors
Panavid Inc. has invested in Brompton Technology Tessera SX40 LED processors and XD Data Distribution Units to work in conjunction with its new 1.5mm
Brompton Technology Helps Cyans LED Virtual Studio Transform Taiwan'sTV And Film Production Industry
Harvatek, a Taiwanese supplier of LEDs, has partnered with an experienced local equipment distributor to establish a joint subsidiary called Cyans Vis
Brompton Technology Processing Delivers For Argo Visual
Argo Visual, a multimedia equipment rental company based in Jakarta, Indonesia, is a long-time user of Brompton Technology LED processing. Since its i
Dark Matters Relies On Brompton Technology
Dark Matters is one of Europe's most advanced and innovative virtual production complexes. From Simulcam and LED in-camera VFX technology to motion ca
AIE Film Selects Brompton Technology's LED Processing
AIE Film School has chosen Brompton Technology’s LED processing to power its Virtual Production volume on its Canberra, Australia, campus soundstage,
Brompton Technology Powers LED Setup Of West End Production
Based on the 1985 blockbuster film and pop culture phenomenon, Back to the Future: The Musical, arrived in London's West End last year as a thrilling
DHD To Display Range Of Audio Production Solutions
DHD will promote its range of audio production solutions on stand D11 at the upcoming Podcast Show in London. The event will be held at the Business D
Evolve CX Chooses Brompton LED Processors
Evolve Technology is a trusted video gear rental company serving the live event and virtual production industries, with offices across the U.S. The co