Brompton Technology, the industry leader in LED video processors for virtual production, broadcast, and live events, recently helped the VFX team at Pixomondo bring ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ into a new era using virtual production. The new season (4) of the Paramount+ streaming hit leveraged virtual production for the first time, filming on Pixomondo’s large volume LED stage in Toronto, Canada. Season 4 is available now on Paramount+, starring Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Wilson Cruz, and Michelle Yeoh.
Pixomondo’s Toronto stage is a 72’ x 85’ horseshoe-shaped volume equipped with ROE Visual Black Pearl 2.8mm (BP2) LED panels for the walls and ROE Visual Carbon Series 5.77mm (CB5) panels for the ceiling, each with Brompton Tessera SX40 4K LED video processors. The volume also features OptiTrack motion capture cameras to handle multi-camera tracking, and the LED walls are fed CG content in real time from Epic Games’ Unreal Engine.
The Tessera SX40 offers support for full 4K screens at 60Hz with 12 bits per color output, as well as a zero-latency up/down scaler that matches the source to the screen. It also comes equipped with Brompton’s industry-leading processing features such as HDR, Dynamic Calibration, Ultra Low Latency, HFR+ (High Frame Rate), Frame Remapping, and more.
In addition to this stage for long-term film and television projects, Pixomondo also recently opened the Stage 6 virtual production volume for short-term engagements in Toronto’s Port Lands district; and the world’s largest LED stage in Vancouver, with 23,000 square feet of stage space, which is currently being used to film Netflix’s live action ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender.’ All three of Pixomondo’s Canadian stages are built in partnership with rental company William F. White International Inc.
“This has been a landmark year for Pixomondo as we made a number of significant moves to make virtual production central to our portfolio of production services. With Brompton onboard as a key technology partner, we were able to deliver an ambitious and innovative solution for the producers of ‘Star Trek: Discovery,’ as they embraced LED volume use for the first time with Season 4. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Brompton, as we move into ever more exciting frontiers together,” shared Jonny Slow, CEO of Pixomondo.
“We’ve been working with Pixomondo for several years, and we’re glad that Brompton processing continues to be a key part of their arsenal as they introduce new shows and crews to the benefits of virtual production,” shared Adam Callaway, Technical Solutions Manager, Brompton Technology. “Pixomondo has been a true industry leader in ramping up virtual production across Canada, and it’s thrilling to have Brompton technology contribute to the ongoing innovation of such a storied franchise as ‘Star Trek.’”
Pixomondo has been leading the visual effects for ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ since it began in 2017, and earned an Emmy nomination for visual effects on its second season. ‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,’ a new upcoming series in the Star Trek universe, also recently wrapped production on Pixomondo’s Toronto stage, and will premiere in 2022.
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Image caption: Sonequa Martin-Green (center) films a scene in Pixomondo’s AR wall stage in Toronto.