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Disguise Launches New Unreal Engine 5 Plugin for Next-Generation Visuals Across Live and Virtual Production

April 7, 2022 02:02 | By

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Following the launch of Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 5, users of visual storytelling platform disguise can, with the help of disguise‘s new RenderStream plugin, immediately benefit from the game engine’s next-generation photorealistic visual capabilities.

disguise has been working closely with Epic Games to develop and launch the latest version of their free, open-sourced proprietary RenderStream plugin that allows its user community to seamlessly integrate Unreal Engine into their disguise workflow with minimal configuration. Through RenderStream, disguise users can create output streams on Unreal Engine projects allowing them to make real-time content changes directly from disguise’s software interface Designer.

The new plugin also enables users to unlock new features in Unreal Engine 5 such as the Nanite virtualized micropolygon geometry system and a new Virtual Shadow Map system, allowing them to create virtual scenes in extended reality (xR) with massive amounts of geometric detail.

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To benefit from the latest features in Unreal Engine 5 within their disguise productions, users will need to have access to the latest disguise software release, r21. Released just a week before UE5, r21 brought significant improvements to the disguise software UI and overall system performance, as well as new tools for color workflows. Developed with the help of disguise’s Live and Colour Insider groups and software beta testers, r21 addresses common user challenges and requirements across both live and virtual production environments, also unlocking a most streamlined user experience.

For the past two years, disguise and Epic Games have been partnering to democratize the delivery of 3D graphics across all types of industries including virtual production, broadcast, corporate events, and beyond. Where Unreal Engine continues to push the boundaries in photorealistic 3D graphics, disguise offers a seamless way to deliver this real-time generated content into LED volumes, projection setups, and any sort of physical display configuration – at any scale.

“Unreal Engine 5 unlocks the most photorealistic real-time content we have ever seen, and, with the help of disguise, users can implement it into their productions with minimal setup requirements so they can focus on delivering their best creations,” disguise Technical Solutions Director Peter Kirkup said in a statement.

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disguise is the platform to imagine, create and deliver spectacular visual experiences. Its award-winning extended reality (xR) solution has powered over 400 immersive real-time productions in the past year, for music artists such as Katy Perry and Billie Eilish, enterprise businesses like SAP and Siemens, educational institutions like the University of Michigan, broadcast TV shows like MTV Video Music Awards and America’s Got Talent, commercial brands like Nike and Under Armour, and on-set virtual productions in more than 40 countries.

With an ever-increasing global partner network and working alongside the world’s most talented visual designers and technical teams in live events, TV broadcasts, films, concert touring, theatre, fixed installations, and corporate and entertainment events, disguise is building the next generation of collaborative tools to help artists and technologists realize their vision.

Recognized as one of the Financial Times‘ top 1000 fastest growing businesses for 2021, disguise has recently announced new majority backing from investment firm Carlyle Group, with Epic Games taking a minority stake.