Features

Design unique, ultra-realistic virtual studios

Do more with Unreal Engine—just added

Work more efficiently and produce better content with additional capabilities—including new animation system tools and optimizations, real-time compositing with composure, video clip playback, and more—when using Maestro | Virtual Set with the latest Unreal Engine. Plus, achieve greater levels of realism with object reflections and dynamic shadows.

Gain better performance—just added

Get faster mesh drawing, improved system performance, and cut cook times by 60% to better handle complex graphic elements when using the latest Unreal Engine release. Plus, gain improved performance in Linux and Vulkan environments.

Render graphics with greater efficiency

HDVG4 now supports a hybrid architecture, enabling you to incorporate graphics seamlessly from both Unreal Engine and Avid RenderEngine on the same real-time rendering platform for a significantly more efficient and pain-free workflow. This setup provides maximum production performance, allowing Unreal Engine to take on the high-end rendering demands of your virtual studio elements, while RenderEngine handles all of your AR and data-driven graphics.

Boost your collaborative workflow

With the latest version of Xync included with Maestro | Virtual Set, both Unreal Engine and Avid RenderEngine can work in collaboration with the infrared tracking system, providing an easier and more streamlined production workflow.

Elevate production value with live video

Thanks to its tight integration with the latest Unreal Engine, Maestro | Virtual Set now enables you to introduce live video into your virtual studios. Enhance your production and give your set more dynamic energy by incorporating an array of video inputs—including live feeds, camera feeds, and video servers—with ultra-low latency.

Produce Unreal graphics

Up the “wow” factor in all of your studio productions. Maestro | Virtual Set supports Epic’s Unreal Engine, giving you even richer, sharper graphics capabilities than ever before. With Epic’s Unreal Editor, you can produce higher resolution, more photorealistic 3D video game-quality imagery with dynamic shadows, reflections, and lighting options.

Gain efficiency with data-driven graphics

Introduce real-time, data-driven graphics, video, and other content into your virtual studio productions. Maestro | Virtual Set features a new set of tools that makes it easy to insert Maestro | Designer-created graphics that update automatically from a connected data source to ensure your content is relevant and always up-to-the-second accurate.

Experience unmatched reliability

Maestro | Virtual Set delivers the utmost reliability in even the most demanding studio environments. For added peace of mind, it offers a unique bypass technology option, enabling you to switch automatically to an alternate auxiliary signal should the need arise. In addition, a redundant power supply ensures that in the event of a power failure, Maestro | Virtual Set will continue to operate, so your audience never sees an empty blue or green screen.

Cut costs substantially

By creating virtual sets, you can eliminate physical set costs, including material, construction, transportation, storage, and maintenance of the sets. In fact, additional video walls, screens, rotating platforms, and other mechanical props can all be realized virtually, saving you a substantial sum of money year to year. Without the physical wear and tear.

Control everything with one operator

Because only one operator is required to operate the virtual background and the on-air graphics, you can cut down on your operational resources considerably. Plus, Maestro | Virtual Set makes small spaces appear larger—a virtual set may be as small as 10 x 10 feet, thereby having lower related costs for lighting, air conditioning, and other incidentals, while maintaining a large studio feel.

Get unlimited design possibilities

Get all of the tools you need to create a captivating virtual studio, which might not be possible with a conventional set. Maestro | Virtual Set seamlessly integrates with Maestro | Designer to generate all graphical elements and Epic’s Unreal Editor to generate virtual environments. It also interfaces with 3D modeling software, including 3ds Max, Maya, and Cinema 4D. Or use VRML, COLLADA, or FBX formats to import 3D models—along with their animations, textures, and materials—and design virtual studio sets that were previously impossible to build, too complex, or just too expensive to manufacture.

Render multiple productions in real time

Powered by the Avid HDVG4 real-time graphics rendering platform, Maestro | Virtual Set offers unmatched rendering power that enables you to run multiple virtual sets in real time, maximizing resources while increasing revenue. It supports multiple formats, includes an internal video delay, and provides up to 16 video insertions in HD and SD formats, as well as 14 insertions in 3G.

Get highly accurate camera tracking

Create flyby camera movement—just added

Cut between cameras dynamically and seamlessly with new trackless capabilities, enabling you to animate movement between multiple cameras in a scene—in addition to the tracked scene—to create fly movement effects.

Track every move with precision

Maestro | Virtual Set comes with Xync—an extremely accurate infrared tracking system that provides unmatched performance and accuracy for live productions. Freely move a camera anywhere within your virtual or conventional studio without limits—even with multi-camera productions. From low-angle shots, 360-degree pans, and close-ups, to crane movement and handheld camera shots while zooming in or out, your possibilities—and vantage points—are endless.

Work with your existing studio cameras

Maestro | Virtual Set supports a wide variety of broadcast cameras, lenses, and tripods, so you can easily integrate multiple camera configurations without reliance on third-party technologies. With its 360-degree shooting range, the infrared tracking system supports an unlimited number of pedestal, dolly, handheld, steady-cam, and crane-mounted cameras, giving you great flexibility—and freedom of movement—within your environment.

Track in real time

Xync processes all tracking information from all camera parameters, including the XYZ position, zoom, tilt, pan, focus, and roll settings. Using a series of sophisticated algorithms, it analyzes the data, determines the value of each variable, and feeds the tracking data directly to your Maestro | Virtual Set system—all in real time—for the most fluid motion and accuracy.

Experience seamless performance

With only a negligible two frames of total delay for the entire system, you can create complex virtual studio environments filled with 3D virtual objects and video, and operate with the confidence of delivering a smooth performance every time. Even inserting multiple full-res videos won’t add additional delay to the system.

Get complete reliability

Not only is Xync highly accurate, it’s incredibly reliable too. Its fully redundant architecture minimizes any single point of failure. To generate sufficient tracking information, it only requires that three light sources be visible—out of a total 16 available on each target—using two ceiling-mounted surveillance cameras. And it delivers dependable performance no matter how high or low the ceiling.

Get extensive tracking flexibility

Maestro | Virtual Set works with a wide range of camera tracking solutions to meet any production need or budget. In addition to Xync, it can be used with Pattern Recognition and mechanical sensor tracking systems, as well as third-party systems from Vinten Radamec, Shotoku, Egripment, Mo-Sys, Supertechno, Stype, NCam, Telemetrics, Blackcam Systems, TrackMen, and others.

Unify your camera workflow

When working in multi-camera productions, using different tracking methods for each studio camera not only requires that the camera position match the graphics output, but also requires extreme accuracy between the different tracking methods. Maestro | Virtual Set makes this easy, providing constant coverage of all studio cameras using just a few infrared surveillance cameras fixed onto your studio ceiling. All from a single controller.

Further enrich your virtual set

Present content in creative ways

Pair Maestro | Virtual Set with Maestro | AR augmented reality tools and you can produce, insert, and control 3D virtual objects in any virtual or real-world studio environment. Map graphics and video onto any object in your scene, whether you’re broadcasting from inside a studio or outdoors. Import 3D objects into a scene to add more visual interest. Even dress up your studio with unique set pieces and displays to complement a program or theme.

Display high-res video wall content

You can also combine Maestro | Virtual Set with Maestro | PowerWall to add even more visual excitement to your set. This pairing enables you to add 3D real-time graphics, video, augmented reality content, images, visual effects, and live data feeds across multiple high-resolution video displays in your virtual studio.

Get a fully integrated workflow

Maestro | Virtual Set relies on Maestro | News and Maestro | TX controllers to manage the production process. Maestro | News offers immediate access to external databases, embedded preview windows, and playlists, supporting last-minute changes. Maestro | Branding enables you to introduce non-sequential logic and rules to graphics and interactivity with its flexible controller. Maestro | Virtual Set also seamlessly integrates with major newsroom and automation systems, including MediaCentral | Newsroom Management, iNEWS, ENPS, OCTOPUS, Dalet, and Control Air.

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