What are the benefits of using Green Screen in Video Production? Green screen production offers a multitude of benefits for most productions. Let’s first talk about the cost and time savings of VR production verse the traditional way. The typical cost of building a set starts in the thousands of dollars for a basic hard […]
What are the benefits of using Green Screen in Video Production?
Green screen production offers a multitude of benefits for most productions. Let’s first talk about the cost and time savings of VR production verse the traditional way. The typical cost of building a set starts in the thousands of dollars for a basic hard set and can easily go into the tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on the scope and size of the set. The cost of a virtual set is usually a small percentage of the cost of a hard set. These virtual sets today are 3 dimensional photo realistic sets that render in real time.
The cost of materials has gone up exponentially in recent years and can often prevent a production from getting a green light due to the increased costs on a production budget. A hard set design and build may also not make sense when the production is a one off with a single day or more of shooting. After a shoot these hard sets are typically thrown away which is now seen as a waste of resources. If not, storage in a facility would be necessary not to mention a team of people to build and break it down.
In addition, a hard set requires weeks of planning, a crew for building, install, paint, possible touch ups before a lighting designer gets in to put up lights, light the set etc. This is all arduous, time consuming and costly. A virtual set requires much less cost, planning, no crew for building, no storage and set changes are typically simple.
A virtual set can be purchased from a marketplace and prepared in a week or two prior to production day. It can also be chosen from an existing library. It doesn’t need to be built out as a traditional set would need to be. Set changes can happen immediately between the client and designer and live compositing removes the need for post work.
Creatively speaking, virtual sets offer endless possibilities. They are typically 360 degree environments unlike traditional sets that are simple flats connected to one another. Hard sets are usually no more than 180 degrees with a beginning and end to them. Camera people need to be aware of where a hard set begins and ends. This isn’t a concern in VR productions since they are complete environments.
Green screen productions (VR productions) also allow for the use of real set pieces in the foreground such as chairs, tables, props. This often adds to the experience and further blurs the line between what’s real and what’s virtual. We often use real props or practical’s in our productions such as a real desk for the talent. Feel free to reach out to us for further details on what makes virtual production the best choice for any production.
Virtual Reality for production first came to life about 25 years ago. There were many challenges in those days because of slower computers, graphic cards and various other challenges that designers had to work with in order to make realistic looking virtual sets. Often this was because of the technical restrictions and head room of […] Virtual Reality for production first came to life about 25 years ago. There were many challenges in those days because of slower computers, graphic cards and various other challenges that designers had to work with in order to make realistic looking virtual sets. Often this was because of the technical restrictions and head room of the render engines and typical graphic cards of the time. Two and a half decades later it’s a very different playing field. Gaming engines have taken a major role in making virtual reality production worth while. These render engines can render photo realistic sets through the use of volumetric and dynamic lighting, 4k textures, high tech shading algorithms. Graphic cards from companies such as Nvidia now offer incredibly fast cards that allow 4k real time compositing plus the additional shading, lighting techniques for incredible realism. For those producers and companies thinking about virtual production for the first time one should consider this as a perfect time to begin working with virtual reality. Some companies and production houses such as Jett Sets have entered their 10th year in VR production and have entered new high tech territory. This includes 4k, multi-camera VR production and live streaming for their clients. https://vimeo.com/681349416 Dynamic and photo realistic sets allow a producer to create a scene that would otherwise blow a budget if it required a traditional hard set or an enormous studio to build it out. There are also time constraints attached to building out large sets. Virtual sets also allow complete environments with individual rooms, ceiling, outdoor spaces etc. The green screens don’t have to be huge for these large virtual environments and the unimaginable is now possible through VR production. These virtual sets don’t need maintenance, can be changed with ease, need no storage, build or breakdown. There can also be built at a fraction of the cost of a hard, traditional set. This also allows the user to integrate with real foreground or BG practical set pieces. Jett Sets has been designing, building and operating in the virtual production space for over 10 years now. As a result of the success with VR production, many clients who have been working with VR are making this a standard practice for their ongoing productions.