Assimilate® announced today the immediate availability of its new and innovative Live FX® and live effects studio® software packages, which enable and simplify real-time live compositing for virtual green screen and LED wall productions on set. Both products feature the latest technology in keying, camera tracking and more that streamlines virtual production (VP) on set not just for preview, but even for final pixel for effects. in-camera visuals. By recording all incoming live metadata along with the footage, Live FX can automatically prepare all content for VFX/post, saving a lot of time and money.
“We used Live FX on literally every shot of the large poppy short film to precisely align our multi-layered blue screen elements with our virtual sets. Our on-set pre-compositions made our post-visual effects composition much faster and easier,” said Sam Nicholson, Founder/CEO of Stargate Studios, Los Angeles.
Live FX offers a basic toolset aimed at independent filmmakers who primarily shoot green screen setups, allowing them to create full 3D environments and simple real-time camera-tracked green screen replacement setups. It supports popular camera trackers, such as Intel RealSense, HTC Vive, Stereolabs ZED2i, and a range of Android and iOS tracking apps. Additionally, it supports generic FreeD protocol and open sound control (OSC) to capture camera tracking information. All tracking data can be fine-tuned and synchronized with the incoming live camera signal, so all data stays in sync throughout the pipeline.
With its built-in virtual camera calibration, Live FX is able to calculate lens distortion and create final composites live on set. It also comes with all the tools needed to grab the green screen and replace it with normal 2D footage, 360 VR video or a live stream from Unreal Engine, captured via SDI, NDI or Spout texture sharing without latency. To create the perfect illusion, Live FX supports common OFX plugins and Matchbox shaders, and can record the live composite in ProRes, DNx or h264.
“Virtual production is the new kid on the block, especially for LED volumes. Its roots come from the world of live entertainment and the tools currently available have focused on those applications, not filmmaking. Assimilate has changed that paradigm creating Live FX for this new way of making movies. Based on their heritage in digital image post-production, Assimilate have produced a robust toolset that speaks to the filmmaker and allows complete control of all modern techniques that happen in VP. I can’t imagine any other system as good as Live FX,” said Alexis Haggar, Effects Manager at Lexhag, London. “I’ve used Live FX throughout its beta phase with our independent LED wall, and it continues to work. The Assimilate team responded amazingly, listening to my suggestions and guiding me through the features of their software.”
Live effects studio
Live FX Studio builds on Live FX, allowing direct use of 3D environments inside the application in the form of Notch blocks and scenes in Universal Scene Descriptor (USD) format.
It adds support for high-end camera tracking solutions, such as NCAM and Mo-Sys, and comes with built-in DMX and ArtNet control to control scene lighting based on image content .
Live FX Studio also features multi-camera support, direct remote control of Brompton Tessera LED processors, and video router control for AJA and Blackmagic routers. Most importantly, it includes Assimilate’s award-winning finishing software, SCRATCH VR, which can link metadata captured live, such as camera tracking and lens information, to RAW files saved in the camera. , to create high-resolution VFX plates, including all frames. Metadata in OpenEXR format.
“Live FX makes it possible to converge several virtual production solutions into a single software. It handles 2D playback as well as game engine content for in-camera front and end-camera visual effects in a user-friendly visual effects environment that natively caters to post-production professionals. said Julian Sarmiento, Global Director, Virtual and Real-Time Production at FuseFX.
“The Live FX open beta was absolutely brilliant as we received valuable feedback from people using the software in real workflows for everything – from quick comps on scouts to driving full LED screen volumes. Expanding our product line with these innovative tools really allows us to better target the breadth of uses and needs of all filmmakers,” said Jeff Edson, CEO of Assimilate. “And as with all of our products, we offer very flexible licensing options.”
Flexible licensing and pricing
Monthly subscriptions and annual and perpetual licenses are available, along with a new three-month project license. Both software packages are offered at an introductory price for project, annual and permanent licenses starting at $345 (USD) for Live FX and $495 (USD) for Live FX Studio.
Free Personal Learning Edition (PLE) of Live FX and Live FX Studio available
To access the free and fully functional watermark learning edition, visit www.assimilateinc.com and click the “Try It” button for Live FX. Fill in your email address and receive a return email with download link and license key. To get started right away, a series of short, handy video tutorials can be accessed via the Assimilate channels on YouTube and Vimeo.
Assimilate develops and delivers advanced real-time tools for filming and post-production workflows that deliver breakthrough functionality, speed, performance, flexibility, and stability to industry professionals. The recently launched Live FX/Live FX Studio is a state-of-the-art live compositor that comes with camera tracking, DMX control and the latest green screen keying technology for virtual production. Live Assist is the multi-camera VTR tool for video assistance, offering support for any number of cameras, any resolution, with easy green screen compositing and video server functionality. local clips. Live Looks is the optimal tool for live grading and live look creation with an instant connection to Scratch VR for live streaming and keying capabilities. Used by DITs and post-artists around the world, Scratch VR is known for its advanced filming and post-production tools that provide stability, speed, and metadata support for all camera formats, including 2D/ 3D/VR. Play Pro is the professional player’s go-to solution for VFX reviews, ProRes RAW QC and true ProRes transcoding on Windows. Learn more at www.assimilateinc.com