Blue Node relies on Disguise xR to immerse musical artists in 43 different virtual stages for French television’s “La Soirée Extraordinaire”

Blue Node relies on Disguise xR to immerse musical artists in 43 different virtual stages for French television’s “La Soirée Extraordinaire”

Blue Node relies on Disguise xR to immerse musical artists in 43 different virtual stages for French television's “La Soirée Extraordinaire”

France – Parisian creative studio Blue Node Paris, specializing in real-time virtual environments, with Pure View XR Studio and D / Labs, used the Extended Reality (xR) disguise workflow as an essential solution to film 43 musical acts in four days for the French television show “La Soirée Extraordinaire”, immersing several well-known French musical artists in virtual sets from another world.

The show transported singer Julien Doré from a forest cabin to a Grand Canyon filled with dreamlike animals and featured the duo Vitaa and Slimane in a castle ballroom where the floor became a giant chess board and the queen and the singer’s king. These are just a few of the many haunting scenes filmed in the La Seine Musicale concert hall, with the resulting footage being split between two programs aired on the French broadcast network M6 in June and September 2021.

Blue Node Paris used two Disguise vx 4 media servers and four rx render nodes with RenderStream to power the impressive selection of photorealistic virtual scenes developed in Unreal Engine.

“We couldn’t have done it without disguise,” says Pierre-Guy di Costanzo, co-founder of Blue Node. “Disguise is an xR specialist and a robust delivery solution. “

Music television production company DMLS TV initially approached Pure View XR studio (powered by Virtual display Services) about the unusual concept of “La Soirée Extraordinaire”. Blue Node’s CGI specialists handled both the extended and augmented reality elements of the show, providing a workflow for creatives to quickly work with artists during the show’s tight deadline. Blue Node Paris also worked with D / Labs, which provided artistic direction and 2D content, and technical service provider AMP Visual TV on camera testing and camera switching. Ten cameras were used, five of which were tracked. The whole project took five weeks to produce.

“No live broadcast before that used xR in France,” says di Costanzo. “We have a lot of music TV shows, and it’s always the same thing: someone talking with a big screen. With xR, you can go further and immerse artists in the world of the studio. This has not been seen before. When the producer saw a demo in our studio, he got interested in the technology. We could deliver that vision technically, creatively, and everything in between. “

Di Costanzo cites the disguise’s ability to “switch from camera to camera and keep the scene” as an important asset to the production as well as the disguise’s timeline:

“When you have 12 scenes a day to deliver, you have to prepare your timeline to go from one to the other. [With disguise] you can just click, drag and go. Disguise is native to Unreal, so it allows you to stream content to large screens.

After working four 12-hour days of filming on the project, the Blue Node team gained a newfound confidence and agility with the Disguise xR workflow. “Two days later, we shot live in the studio, doing four scenes for French artists, and we did it five times faster! says di Costanzo.

Blue Node relies on Disguise xR to immerse musical artists in 43 different virtual stages for French television's “La Soirée Extraordinaire”Blue Node relies on Disguise xR to immerse musical artists in 43 different virtual stages for French television's “La Soirée Extraordinaire”

November 2, 2021

William N. Fernandez