SMPTE Receives Epic MegaGrant For Virtual Production Initiative

WHITE PLAINS, NY—SMPTE has announced that its Rapid Industry Solutions (RIS) Virtual On-Set Production (OSVP) initiative has received an Epic MegaGrant from Epic Games.

The Virtual Production Initiative is designed to bring together technology and thought leaders to quickly assess virtual production challenges, establish goals, and render interoperability specifications, workflows, and best practices open and free to the industry, as well as training courses and webcasts.

Over 40 companies and individual contributors from across the industry are collaborating as part of the RIS OSVP community to achieve this goal.

The $ 150,000 Epic MegaGrant will help SMPTE accelerate this initiative, which is its first Rapid Industry Solutions (RIS) effort.

“This Epic MegaGrant is a wonderful validation of the work we have done so far, the model we use to get results, and our ultimate goal of making those results open and free for the industry,” said Barbara Lange. , Executive Director of SMPTE. . “We have formed the RIS On-Set Virtual Production Initiative to address a significant and specific industry need, and this support will add to our momentum and speed up our work. Speaking on behalf of the SMPTE RIS OSVP community, I can say that we are all extremely grateful. ”

SMPTE developed the RIS model to respond to rapidly changing technologies and their application in the media and entertainment industry.

With the aim of providing a clear and easily accessible framework for on-set virtual production, as well as much-needed resources for education and professional development, the SMPTE RIS OSVP initiative is designed to help creatives, technologists and executives to explore the full potential of powerful real-time 3D creative tools, including Epic’s Unreal Engine.

David Morin, director of industry, media and entertainment at Epic Games, noted that “Establishing interoperability standards and best practices for creators of episodic films and content is essential to make virtual workflows accessible to all storytellers. This SMPTE initiative marks an important step for the virtual world. production, a technique focused on using the Unreal Engine that revolutionized the creation of interactive stories and entertainment. We are excited to support this effort through Epic MegaGrants, accelerating SMPTE’s mission to move the industry forward.

More information on the SMPTE RIS OSVP initiative is available at smpte.org/rapid-industry-solutions.

To learn more about Epic MegaGrants, visit unrealengine.com/en-US/megagrants.

Additional Tech TV coverage of virtual productions and the SMPTE initiative can be found here and here.

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