Arri Opens XR Studio in U.K.

The studio features a 3,960-square-foot LED volume and can be rented by productions of any size. Events, education and R&D can also be conducted in the space, which opened in June.

Arri has opened a mixed-reality (XR) studio in the United Kingdom that’s equipped with an LED volume comprising 3,960 square feet of LED wall.

The volume was installed in partnership with NEP Live Events and specialty firm Creative Technology

Located on Arri’s Uxbridge premises, which also features Arri Rental, the 7,621-square-foot studio can be rented by productions of any size, as well as for events, education and R&D. It opened in June.

The volume consists of a main “in vision” curve that is (98.4' x 16.4'), two 9.8' x 13.8' moveable and tiltable side screens, and a height-adjustable ceiling of 31.5' x 31.5'. A back curve measuring 59.1' x 13.8' completes the space and can be programmed to display 360-degree imagery.

The “in vision” curve comprises ROE Visual Ruby 2.3 panels, while the side screens, ceiling and back curve use ROE Visual Carbon CB5 panels. 

Technical support can be tailored to the requirements of each production. For productions new to XR, technical support can extend to a full script-to-screen service. 

Studio design and systems integration came from the Arri Solutions Group. Other technology companies have contributed to the construction and workflows of the stage and continue to provide support. Creative Technology designed and installed video walls, playback systems and a number of control solutions; Mo-Sys supplied a StarTracker camera-tracking system and VP Pro XR; Epic Games provided its real-time 3D creation tool, Unreal Engine, and Nvidia’s RTX A6000 GPUs power the image processing. 

“Collaborating with best-for-purpose suppliers of all the required technologies has enabled us to deliver a full solution for mixed reality in our Uxbridge studio,” says Jannie van Wyk, managing director of Arri Rental. “These industry-leading hardware and software tools could not be better complemented than with Arri cameras, lenses, stabilizers, lights and workflow support, which can be provided to productions as a package deal on site. Arri’s engineers will continue to learn and innovate to improve their integration into the virtual environment.” 

“Arri has made a global commitment to be at the forefront of the exciting possibilities opened up by mixed-reality shooting,” adds Markus Zeiler, a member of Arri’s executive board. “We have also built LED volumes at our facilities in Burbank, California, and Munich, Germany, providing space for our technicians and clients to conduct R&D, testing and demonstrations.” 

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