Honda Civic Tour xR Drives Productions costume


Honda fans got a glimpse of the all-new 2022 Honda Civic Sedan as well as a live concert by a Grammy-winning and Academy Award-winning artist as part of the 20th anniversary of the Honda Civic Tour. The event, broadcast on Twitch, was an extended reality (xR) experience fueled by the xR disguise with shifting virtual landscapes enhancing the artist’s unforgettable performance and sharing a glimpse of the new car.

For approximately four to five months, virtual production experts Sixdegrees and All of it Now (AOIN) worked with content creators at Immanent to blend the artist’s live transitions into three lifelike virtual environments: A City That turns into a jungle, an interior red rock cave and a mountain peak.

Added to this was a 3D model of the new Honda Civic traveling in an extended reality environment.

Immanent’s content creation team designed 3D worlds for three stages in Los Angeles used in the live broadcast event. This turned out to be an important test for the disguise and the camera tracking technology, which had to work perfectly in a raw live world instead of a shoot that was heavily produced and edited later. The benchmarking and the changes had to be flawless.

“The real-time camera change was a crucial part of the success of this project: it gave the director the freedom to change cameras as if it were a standard live show,” says Danny Firpo, producer at AOIN. “We used the IoCore 2 box to receive a camera count and convert it to OSC for camera switching, and it worked perfectly. “

AOIN used a Disguise vx 2 media server as a director to render the xR streams and a vx 4 to render the LED video wall and floor streams. An rx machine was used in uncompressed 25G mode, along with Mellanox MSN2010 switches, to achieve better image quality and better color reproduction. Since failover was not an option on the live broadcast, a second vx 4 and additional rx machine were run as liners in separate sessions.

“We had planned up to a minute or two to make the transition to the three different environments,” explains Drew Best, CEO of Immanent and Director of Visual Content for the Show. “After optimizing the [disguise] single player environments and set them up for level streaming, it only took about 10 seconds or so to switch from one scene to another. I was a little surprised that we were able to move forward so quickly!

Disguise’s new virtual zoom feature was also put to good use on this project. Virtual zoom expanded the virtual scene to allow cameras to zoom in and out on each scene, giving the team more freedom of movement to explore 3D worlds.

“Use xR tools [for a live performance] was definitely a step forward for the team, and so many people helped us make sure the transition to this workflow was a smooth one, ”says Juan Santillan, CEO of Six Degrees and executive producer of the show. “We were able to create real-time rendered content that could be adjusted on the fly. disguise has the highest set of standards for this type of production. I can’t imagine doing this event without him.

The show was a big hit with over a million people watching the show live.


Herman C. Harkins

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