With the growing demand and need for virtual production in the industry and the right real-time tracking technology needed to use in conjunction with existing camera, lenses or rigs on film, broadcast and live events, Ncam has shipped the new Ncam Reality 2021, a real-time camera tracker that brings high-fidelity CGI and XR to any environment.
The new Ncam Reality solution provides everything needed for real-time camera tracking, including a Mk2 Camera Bar, Mk2 Server and Ncam Reality 2021 software. Built on modified Intel® RealSense™ hardware, the Mk2 Camera Bar offers advanced tracking indoors and out, using a lightweight design that fits on any camera. Unlike other systems, Ncam Reality’s hybrid sensors can handle every tracking technique, from natural features and fiducial objects to reflective markers, bringing more flexibility and control to the production.
Ncam CEO Nic Hatch said in a statement, “COVID-19 forced all of us to rethink how content gets created, from safety requirements to the logistics of working from home. The beauty of virtual graphics is their flexibility. With the right tracking equipment, you can visualize live XR, real-time CGI, set extensions and more directly in-camera, onsite or remotely, giving productions a way to stay on track during trying times.”
Film & TV
With a seamless integration with Unreal Engine and native support for LED walls, Ncam Reality provides an essential ingredient for virtual production, allowing VFX teams to explore virtual locations, character designs and shot options with the director and cinematographer much earlier in the process. By creating a 3D point cloud of the surrounding environment, the software can automatically determine the optimum tracking algorithm for any point in time, leading to greater accuracy and the same level of results seen on Game of Thrones and The Midnight Sky.
Broadcast & Sports
A staple of CNBC and Sky Sports, Ncam Reality can be incorporated into a live or pre-taped production in a matter of minutes. Ncam Reality opens up the world of smart stages and XR to broadcasters in the smallest package possible. At 288 grams, the Mk2 Camera Bar can travel easily from studio to outdoor event, giving studios more leeway as they craft their productions. Remote access has also been added, allowing teams to control everything via a phone, tablet or PC, so they can do more from afar.
Live & Specialty
Thanks to a new GUI and simplified controls, Ncam Reality’s software is even more approachable for live and specialty productions. As AR/MR continues to expand into marketing, enterprise and esports, camera tracking is becoming more important for companies that need a natural blend between real and synthetic. With all the data processed locally, teams no longer have to grapple with a complicated setup to create compelling graphics. They can just attach Mk2, link up and go.
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Pricing and Availability
Ncam Reality 2021 is shipping now. For all upgrade paths, contact Ncam at: [email protected].