Ncam enables virtual production through real

Ncam enables virtual production through real
Ncam enables virtual production through real-time camera tracking,
providing live previsualization of environments, set extensions and CGI
elements directly in-camera whilst shooting.
Ncam consists of a multi-sensor camera bar and a
tethered server system. The camera bar attaches
to any type of camera quickly and simply, whether
handheld, Steadicam, dolly or crane mounted.
The automatic “take” system captures the camera
position, rotation, metadata and timecode into
an industry standard file whenever the camera is
recording.
It takes minimal alignment time, and is scalable to
work simultaneously over multiple cameras.
The system is highly mobile and relocates rapidly
– both indoors and outdoors – allowing it to track
instantly on each new set-up.
Ncam doesn’t require any special fiducials or
tracking markers as it automatically tracks the
environment. Importantly, this means there are no
modifications required to the set or location to allow
Ncam to work.
Directors and DoPs regain creative control of
framing and composition, allowing immediate
verification, particularly against blue and green
screens.
Producers achieve greater control of VFX budgets
and timescales, minimising wastage and ensuring
efficient delivery, from previs to post-production.
Ncam integrates easily into existing workflows
without interruption, providing high quality
visualisation and decision support without delaying
the shoot.
• Visualise your VFX shots in real-time while
shooting.
• Provide the Director and DoP with accurate
on-set framing tools for set extensions,
environments and CGI, by replacing blue and
green screens.
Camera operators are empowered to deliver
realistic, dynamic shots whilst maintaining framing.
• Give the whole crew, including the actors, incontext visual communication of the intended
shot, helping with timing and realism.
Assistant directors can synchronise the shot
by cueing both the actors and the animated CGI,
improving communication and realism.
• Deliver rapid post-vis/temps to editorial,
improving quality and shortening the VFX
post-production cycle.
Everyone on set can understand the requirements
and intent of a complex VFX shot, allowing for
interaction and rapid review – leading to a high
quality shot with fewer takes.
• Supply accurate tracking and camera
metadata to VFX vendors, saving both time
and money.
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Main camera information
Supported cameras:
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Supported lenses:
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Digital film cameras with HD SDI
monitoring
Film cameras with HD video tap plus
timecode
Prime (Spherical/Anamorphic)
Zoom (Spherical/Anamorphic)
Lens metadata
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From LDS lens via SDI stream
Direct encoding via ethernet
Lens calibration:
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Ncam line-up:
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Ncam proprietary – measured and
calibrated during camera prep
Stored and selectable from database
< 1 minute on lens change
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Camera
configurations:
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Camera monitor feed •
requirement:
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Composited image
preview to camera:
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Camera bar
Configuration:
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Mounting:
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Power:
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Operation:
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Weight:
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General illumination
Basic shading
Baked-in lighting
Textures
Transparency
Depth-of-field
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Blue or green screens
Extendable by garbage matting
Rendering
Integrated real-time
renderer:
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One Server per film camera
Device:
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Silent-running bespoke workstation
Server interface:
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Monitor, keyboard, mouse
Operating system:
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Bespoke Linux
Application software: •
Ncam Reality
Location:
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Power:
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Heat output:
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Mobile – on cart, close to video
assist
4A @ 220V (8A @ 110V) AC
AC mains 50/60Hz – house or generator
1kW (max)
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Ncam server real-time user display
HD SDI output
Real-time composited image of monitor video with tracked
and keyed CGI
Routed to camera EVF or field monitor
Routed to video village and director/producer monitors
Automatic take system records a labelled .fbx file
Camera position, rotation, focus, iris and zoom
Timecode plus captured point cloud for each take
Lens calibration data for VFX post-production
Ncam System Latency
Colour correction
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Configuration:
Outputs
Keying
Integrated real-time
keying
1920/1080 HD SDI with timecode
23.98, 24, 25, 29.97, 30 fps
frame rate
Progressive or PsF (not interlaced)
1920/1080 HD SDI (wired or wireless)
Frame rate (based on camera
monitor output)
Progressive or PsF (based on
camera monitor output)
To electronic viewfinder or field
monitor
Server
Multi-sensor tracking technology;
1 bar per film camera
Position – underslung from front
rods
Rod types: 19mm; 15mm Studio;
15mm LWS (user selectable)
Powered from camera – 900mA @ 12V DC
Tether cable to Ncam Server
workstation: copper (Ethernet) – up to 100m or
fibre – 2km+
1.2kgs
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Handheld, Steadicam, tripod, dolly,
crane, Technocrane, Libra head,
Ultimate/Russian arm
Basic global colour correction of CG elements
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2.5 video frames (PsF mode)
CGI source
Configuration:
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One system per Ncam Server
Device:
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Silent-running workstation
Operating system:
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Windows 7 / 8
Application software: •
Autodesk MotionBuilder 2012™
Location:
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Communication:
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Mobile – on cart, next to
Ncam Server
Ncam plug-in via Ethernet
Live previsualization/ •
VFX:
CGI preparation:
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Environments, set extensions,
CGI characters
Prep to ensure real-time operation
within Motion Builder
Test CGI – prove assets in
MotionBuilder with Ncam
standalone renderer
(london) +44 (0)20-3167-3868
(los angeles) +1-323-784-9559
(w) www.ncam-tech.com
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