Brainstorm Suite 5 upgrades the company’s InfinitySet, Aston and eStudio real-time 3D graphics and virtual studio software. The new version aims to improve XR content creation and workflows, and establishes a tighter integration with Unreal Engine. These enhancements support teams using either LED walls or chroma sets (green or blue screen) to produce virtual content.
As LED-based XR becomes more common, Brainstorm has developed new features that facilitate the creation and integration of immersive XR content designed specifically to be displayed on large LED video walls. With these features, teams can speed up the creation of in-context AR in LED walls, XR set extensions or backgrounds for film and drama production. For instance, Suite 5 has a dedicated interface for creating XR installations that align with video walls of any design, including curved, shaped and corner installations, and mapping the desired 3D content to the models.
This helps when creating virtual AR content to be directly displayed and seen by the camera with the correct perspective at all times. Also, by taking advantage of the Layers and Stacking features of InfinitySet, different renders, even with different resolutions and aspect ratios, can be mapped to a canvas of any size and aspect.
The integration of InfinitySet and eStudio with Unreal Engine is now tighter, allowing fully editable Brainstorm scenes and templates to be included within an Unreal project, and the other way around. This is especially useful when creating AR projects within Unreal, which can take advantage of Brainstorm’s data-driven graphics and compatibility with broadcast workflows.
The UnrealControl feature supports direct editing of Unreal Projects within InfinitySet’s standard interface, and controls blueprints, objects and parameters. Suite 5 also has a redesigned internal chroma keyer that includes a new mode that embeds Unreal Engine’s chroma keyer directly into InfinitySet. Brainstorm Suite 5 is fully compatible with the newest Unreal Engine 4.27 version and will be upgraded to UE 5 on its release.
“Brainstorm has been involved with Augmented Reality and Virtual Production for decades now, and Suite 5 is the result of applying our expertise to the new display methods that broadcasters and filmmakers are introducing into their workflows,” said Hector Viguer, Brainstorm’s COO and Engineering Director. “The updates maintain our agnostic approach and will allow users to comply with most VR, AR or XR requirements, regardless of complexity. This leaves them free to choose the production workflow that best suits their production, whether LED walls or chroma keying.”
Other features included in Suite 5 include improved HDR workflows and better integration with robotic heads from Panasonic, Sony and other manufacturers. Edison, the company’s virtual studio in a box for live events and presentations, will also receive from some of the Version 5 updates above, plus others for its own features. www.brainstorm3d.com