Ottawa, Canada, January 25th 2022 – XR Virtual LED Studio is the latest and fastest growing trend in virtual solutions, and Ross is pleased to announce updates to two of its products that are key tools for content producers working in this area. As part of the Ross Live series of Tech Talks, Ross today unveiled updates to the Voyager graphics rendering solution and Lucid Studio control solution for VS/AR and XR Virtual LED Studio production environments – click here to watch the broadcast on-demand.
Launched in 2019, Voyager is Ross Video’s photo-realistic graphics rendering solution that has been used to power some of the world’s most impressive VS/AR and XR Virtual LED Studio productions, including notably CCTV’s Spring Gala Festival – the world’s most watched TV show. Based on the Unreal engine from Epic Games, the latest version of Voyager (4.27) includes new configuration tools to calibrate camera lenses and LED videowalls, as well as improved configuration of RossTalk and Datalinq and support for embedded audio out on video outputs. Additionally, the inclusion of Epic’s nDisplay technology allows people to seamlessly synchronize multiple LED displays for XR productions. These improvements all simplify and accelerate system set-up.
Lucid Studio is the primary control interface for VS/AR and XR Virtual LED Studio applications from Ross, and the updated version (6.3) introduces an enhanced web browser that offers better performance and enables 3rd party web UI to be part of Lucid’s control panel. An improved web API (using SSL for encrypted communication) enables secure integration with 3rd parties. Enhanced integration with mobile devices opens up the possibility of event control from a mobile phone or tablet, even using a QR code! This latest version also includes support for the Elgato Streamdeck device, offering a more tactile control experience for Lucid users.
As well as news of the two product updates, today’s Ross Live Tech Talk included a feature on Servus TV / Red Bull Media House in Austria, examining how the broadcaster has used Ross virtual solutions to improve the look and feel of its content and stay at the forefront of technology. The Ross VS team also spent some time looking at the latest version of the Unreal engine, discussing the improvements in feature set and the benefits of these to customers.
Commenting on the Tech Talk, Manesh Patel – Product and Business Development Manager for Ross Virtual Solutions – points to the importance of XR Virtual LED Studio as a production platform. “We’ve seen XR Virtual LED Studio trickle down very quickly from high-end Hollywood productions like The Mandalorian to more mainstream broadcast environments because it offers more flexibility and amazing creative possibilities. Ross is very pleased to be supporting XR Virtual LED Studio content producers everywhere with these new versions of Voyager and Lucid Studio. They make set-up, calibration and control of XR Virtual LED Studio productions much easier, and Voyager continues to set the standard for photo-realistic graphics rendering, helping content producers create the most amazing sets imaginable!”
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