BBC’s Click has taken an in-depth dive into tech that is pushing the film and television industries forward.
To kick things off, Spencer Kelly stood on a virtual set. It’s pretty apt since the BBC has always tried to use the available tech whenever it could. Their election results nights are really stunning and allow presenters to interact with 3D graphics on set. It’s not an easy process, and involves an intricate time delay and the tracking of cameras on set. Sometimes, this tracking can be done using sound waves for more accurate results.
Jen Copestake then looks into 3D projection mapping on a huge scale. 59 Productions is able to scan a building, create an animation, test it on scale models, and then light it up with an array of projectors. If any readers would like to try this on a smaller scale, I’d point them to Lightform. The system scans your scene in 3D and makes the entire projection mapping process a little more user friendly.
While the show talks about Tour de France’s recent use of GPS data in the television broadcast, I feel that sports coverage has always benefited from graphics and real-time data analytics, for example, the NFL’s virtual graphic overlays on the field.
BBC has posted the entire episode of “Click” above, so feel free to enjoy the all of the topics. However, film and television aren’t the central focus for the last two stories.