This past week, the TOKYO XR – METAVERSE and Content Business World exhibition was held at Tokyo Big Sight. This is the first event that was held focusing on virtual production and metaverse content. The event consisted of 160+ exhibitors, showcasing the latest in metaverse technology. It was held from January 26th, but our Japanese staff attended the preview day events on the 25th, along with holding their own booth.
PRONEWS booth at TOKYO XR
PRONEWS Japan brought their “PRONEWS STATION” program to Tokyo XR. Our colleagues introduced equipment related to filming and live streaming, mainly products handled by ASK.
The highlight is the American manufacturer’s virtual production system, known as “Qimera.” ASK handles Zero Density’s virtual production systems such as Reality, but Qimera is characterized by the realization of a production system that keeps costs down. ASK just started handling Qimera within Japan at the end of 2023, so this is the first time Qimera was exhibited.
The PRONEWS booth with simple green screen installed, to show what kind of distribution equipment can be used in the mini studio.
What is surprising about PRONEWS STATION is the introduction of catering, which is essential for filming locations. This is by MC CRAFTY, which provides cafes and catering to the filming location.
LED paneling was installed to demonstrate virtual production technologies such as in-camera VFX and screen processing. A photo session was held during the screen process part, and visitors can take photos with their smartphones or cameras.
Guests could also participate with the exhibition. In the in-camera VFX part, guests actually experienced working with an LED wall. A rare opportunity to experience in-camera VFX.
Okutaku Electronics Japan
A virtual production demo was set up. Take a look at the image above, which is a display of panels with a pixel pitch of 1.5mm and a robot arm from SISU Cinema Robotics that can reproduce repeated movements.
REMO TECH’s remote camera “OBSBOT Tail Air” was on display. It is a product that DPSJ has started handling, and Kaminari will also exhibit it as a partner company. It is the first in the OBSBOT series to be NDI compatible. The booth showcased many uses of NDI technology in videography and VR.
This booth introduced “Direction Gakuen,” a youth story of high school students with a theme of direction. An official homepage has been set up for the work, where it is scheduled to start in the spring of 2024. At the booth, guests could take a look at the production progress of this program.
Video production MOTION
A recording demo using a teleprompter was exhibited. Using a teleprompter makes it possible to create images with a sense of purpose. This booth encouraged people to experience actually creating a video using a teleprompter while maintaining their eyes on the camera, and get a feel for how appealing it can be.
The other is a demonstration of a virtual set on TriCaster that uses spherical image generation AI, and paid particular attention to the AI background and its compatibility with VTubers.
Demo using teleprompter
Background of spherical image generation AI and virtual set demo using TriCaster