Sony has unveiled two new screens featuring Crystal Led technology: the C series and the B series. These have been developed especially for the film industry and are designed to create virtual sets behind the actors. A technology already used by ILM for the series The Mandalorian.
To shoot the series The Mandalorian, ILM used an interesting technique to facilitate production while not limiting itself to the sets. Huge screens were used behind the actors, projecting the Tatooine Desert or the barren steppes of Nevarro in the background. Sony announces today the marketing two modular screens using the same principle.
Sony did not wait until CES to announce the marketing of the B-series and C-series screens. These are modular screens. using Crystal Led technology and specially designed for cinema. Crystal Led is a technology known for a long time. The slab is made up of micro-LEDs without any additional layer. A technique which is similar to OLED but which brings interesting advantages for filming, such as very high brightness as well as wide viewing angles.
The B series, ideal for filming
Both displays are modular, so they can be put together to increase display size. The C series provides very high contrast (1,000,000: 1), ideal for display panels. The B series is it specially designed for filming needs, with a very high brightness of 1800 cd / m², large viewing angles and above all anti-reflective technology. Ideal for creating sets and especially not to betray the fact that the actors play in front of a virtual set. The two screens also feature a Sony X1 for Crystal LED processor, HDR technology and a refresh rate of 120 images per second. The firm has not given a price for these two products, but they will be reserved for professionals.
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Using studio sets or screens is nothing new in cinema. But technological development now allows to democratize their use and above all to make it invisible. If he does not know it, the spectator cannot suspect that the adventures of the Mandalorian were filmed in front of a giant screen and not in a desert in real setting. Watching actors perform in front of another screen through one screen could well be the future of series and cinema.