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Wacom in the World of Virtual Production 

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Virtual Production is the rapid evolution of cinema brought about by a serendipitous convergence of new technology and demand for streaming content, at a pace no one could have anticipated. What studios are finding is that with the right upfront planning and investments, movies can be made at the same or higher quality, in a fraction of the time and with minimal post-production with the use of digital assets, photogrammetry, and virtual sets. 

Because the virtual production process is so new, studios are having to use legacy technology to “bridge the gap” until the right tools can be found. In some cases, it’s a matter of finding the “right tool” that has been right in front of them all along and applying it to new use cases. 

Wacom Cintiq Pro and Intuos Pro in Virtual Production Workflows 

Wacom Cintiq Pros and Intuos Pros, seasoned tools in Storyboard, VFX, and animation workflows, have found new jobs in this evolutionary process.  Storyboard and concept design have been where Wacom tools have been prevalent in the filmmaking process for years, and they remain the tool of choice in nearly every studio on the planet.  

By creating photo-realistic, interactive environments in the Unreal Engine, based on real locations of the imagination, and leveraging Virtual Display walls rather than traditional green screens, cinematographers in Virtual Production have found that most of the reflections and appropriate lighting come for free. This greatly reduces post-production costs, not to mention all of the logistics associated with doing “on location” filming; travel, lodging, set design, catering, and much more.  

Wacom Cintiq Pro and 3D Printing on Virtual Production Sets 

A need that many virtual production studios are looking to overcome includes the various props and set pieces that need to be created on the fly when filming a movie or TV show. Together, Wacom and Stratasys enable virtual production studios to create photorealistic virtual and physical assets for use in Virtual Production workflows. 

Cintiq Pro 3D printing modeling

Read more about Wacom Cintiq Pro and 3D Printing with Stratasys on the Gods of Mars set. 

3D Scanning and Virtual Props with Wacom Cintiq Pro  

In the initial phases of virtual production, digital assets for movies and TV shows were painstakingly designed and refined, manually, using 3D tools and digital clay. Teams of creators were needed to make each item, and the process was linear and took many hours. 

Now, creators are equipped with state-of-the-art tools that allow artists to feel like they’re creating in the real world. Wacom Cintiq Pros are being used in the new digital process called photogrammetry – which allows for real-world assets to be scanned, refined, and used in scenes on virtual production sets. 

Photogrammetry and Wacom Cintiq Pro

Learn more about the 3D scanning process using Wacom Cintiq Pro, along with tools like Reality Capture, ZBrush, and Adobe Substance painter. 

The Future of Virtual Production and Wacom Products 

Wacom’s Pro products are currently being used in many phases of the virtual production process. But we’ve barely scratched the surface on what our tools can do as this industry continues to iterate. As we look to the future, we’re collaborating with innovative studios and experimenting with ways the Cintiq Pro and Intuos Pro can be used – for example, we’re imagining a Cintiq Pro as a high-res, real-time touch interface on a virtual production set. With high-tech tools and an industry full of innovators, the options are endless. We’re excited to see what the future of virtual production brings.

 


To learn more about Wacom in the world of virtual production, get in touch with a Wacom product specialist at developers@wacom.com.