Attaining 'Final Sample' In Virtual Production
Date & Time
Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Eric Rigney
Discussing the holistic efforts required to support the recording of 'clean' usable production dialog on the set of otherwise acoustically reflective and noisy virtual production volume stages. No silver-bullet solutions. From previs to final mix, the session explores current and future LED panel and stage construction, previsualization processes, and production & post production tools and practices capable of mitigating and/or removing sound reflection and noise in a volume stage, collectively guarding an actor’s vocal performance capture.

Goal: final sample and ZADR defined
Problem: acoustical challenges of volumetric stages described and demonstrated
Solutions: mitigation opportunities described and some demonstration, including future tools and practices

While capturing in-camera visual effects (ICVFX) or ‘final pixel’ remains a primary goal of On-Set Virtual Production (OSVP), recording usable performance dialog capable of making it all the way to mix or ‘final sample’ has all but been ignored. Compared with traditional production sound stages, the acoustical environment created within an LED volumetric stage is highly reflective and sensitive to noise. To those unacquainted with the creative impact attached to an actor’s specific performance, Automated Dialog Replacement (ADR) may seem an acceptable alternative. Removing all the logistical, economic, and artistic challenges associated with ADR recording and producers are still left with an inferior product, an artistic performance cost. The director and actor made great efforts toward delivering the best performance. As unique as a snowflake, once performed, it cannot be reproduced. While a zero-ADR (ZADR) effort may not always succeed fully, its goal is as creatively and economically valuable as is ‘final pixel’s.’
Location Name
Salon 1
Take-Aways from this Presentation
Bringing awareness to the acoustical reflection and noise challenges associated with dialog recording in a volumetric virtual production stage. Collaborative approach toward mitigation: from stage & panel construction, to previs/techvis, to currently available production & post tools and practices, and to potential upcoming technologies.