Stargate Studios' “ThruView” Uses Blackmagic Design

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Stargate Studios' “ThruView” Uses Blackmagic Design

PostMon May 18, 2020 1:08 pm

Blackmagic Design announced today that Award winning visual effects facility Stargate Studios utilized a wide range of Blackmagic Design products in creating “ThruView”, the company’s cutting edge, proprietary real time virtual production system.

Stargate founder and award winning visual effects creator Sam Nicholson, A.S.C., originally developed the concept of real time compositing in the early 2000’s, when production had all but halted due to 9/11. “Shows based in remote locations were suddenly unable to travel to their respective locations,” said Nicholson. “So, the question was, could we convincingly put ER in Chicago, CSI and Ugly Betty in New York City and Grey’s Anatomy in Seattle, without ever having to leave LA?”

Using clever production design, extensive plate shooting and a fair amount of green screen on set, Nicholson’s team was able to convert all of the shows the company serviced to virtual production. “We established the Stargate Virtual Backlot, shooting high resolution 360-degree backgrounds of cities all over the world,” said Nicholson. Stargate Studios’ Virtual Backlot library is now the largest Virtual Environment / Set Extension library in the world, with over 300,000 clips.

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