Turnkey Virtual Production Product Now Supports Popular FreeD Protocol and Expands Commercial Availability to Customers in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, China, Japan, South Koreaand Taiwan
SEATTLE, August 8, 2022 /CNW/ — Startup August 8, 2022the new HTC VIVE Mars CamTrack virtual production product is available for general purchase in the United States, Canadaand Europewith availability in Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan will follow in the coming months. VIVE Mars CamTrack makes it easier, more flexible and affordable for studios of all sizes to create professional-quality virtual production content than ever before.
In addition to expanding the commercial availability of VIVE Mars CamTrack, the Mars team has also added support for the popular FreeD protocol to better serve the virtual production community. FreeD is an industry standard protocol for camera position data that is used by established AR and XR solution providers. FreeD support is part of HTC’s ongoing efforts to make virtual production more accessible to studios around the world, giving users more options and flexibility to implement their camera tracking data.
VIVE Mars CamTrack has the following highlights:
- Plug-and-play with Unreal Engine’s FreeD and LiveLink, with no additional installation required
- Very compact, lightweight and portable, supporting a wide range of shooting environments
- Includes a full suite of professional-grade features at an affordable price, lowering the barrier of entry for studios of all sizes to take advantage of virtual production
- Multi-camera tracking, with support for up to three cameras
- Easy-to-use calibration for nodal shift and lens distortion
- One-click factory reset
- Genlock and Timecode support, providing synchronized output between real and virtual actors
- Robust cabling to reduce latency
“We are excited to see the amazing content the virtual production community will create with VIVE Mars CamTrack,” said Raymond Pao, senior vice president at HTC VIVE. “By expanding the availability of Mars and adding support for FreeD, we’re bringing the power of virtual production to tons of studios and individuals around the world, in a small package and at a price that won’t break. The bank. Anyone who wants to bring their vision to life on screen should have the opportunity to do so – that’s our goal behind VIVE Mars CamTrack.”
Setting up a virtual production shoot has always been expensive and time-consuming. VIVE Mars CamTrack dramatically streamlines this process by reducing a complicated workflow into a compact, plug-and-play, and modular device. Plus, Mars’ portability makes it easy to move around and shoot in many different scenarios, opening up even more creative possibilities for the scenes.
VIVE Mars CamTrack will be presented at the SIGGRAPH 2022 conference in Vancouver, Canadain cooperation with Departure hall and Arcturus. To learn more about VIVE Mars CamTrack and to place an order, visit the product website here. To consult the press kit, click here.
HTC VIVE is the premier virtual reality (VR) platform and ecosystem that creates lifelike VR experiences for businesses and consumers. The VIVE ecosystem is built around premium VR hardware, software, and content. The VIVE business includes best-in-class XR hardware; VIVEPORT platform and app store; VIVE Enterprise Solutions for business customers; VIVE X, a 100 million US dollars VR Business Accelerator; and VIVE ARTS for cultural initiatives. For more information, please visit www.vive.com.
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