Ncam Reality 2021 real-time camera tracking technology released amid rising demand for virtual production

Ncam has announced the immediate availability of Ncam Reality 2021, which it describes as ‘the most advanced real-time tracking technology ever created for film, broadcast and live events’. With Ncam Reality, users can now track on any camera, lens or rig, regardless of environment, opening up a wealth of visual possibilities for brands that want to build CGI into their productions.

“COVID-19 forced all of us to rethink how content gets created, from safety requirements to the logistics of working from home,” said Nic Hatch, CEO of Ncam. “The beauty of virtual graphics is their flexibility. With the right tracking equipment, you can visualise live XR, real-time CGI, set extensions and more directly in-camera, onsite or remotely, giving productions a way to stay on track during trying times.”

Ncam Reality provides everything needed for real-time camera tracking, including a Mk2 camera bar, Mk2 server and Ncam Reality 2021 software. Built on modified Intel RealSense hardware, the Mk2 camera bar offers advanced tracking indoors and out, using a lightweight design that fits on any camera. Ncam Reality’s hybrid sensors are said to be able to handle every tracking technique, from natural features and fiducial objects to reflective markers, bringing more flexibility and control to the production.

A staple of CNBC and Sky Sports, Ncam Reality can be incorporated into a live or pre-taped sports production in a matter of minutes, opening up the world of smart stages and XR to broadcasters in a compact package. At 288g, the Mk2 camera bar can travel easily from studio to outdoor event, giving studios more leeway as they craft their productions. Remote access has also been added, allowing teams to control everything via a phone, tablet or PC, so they can do more from afar. Finally, a new GUI and simplified controls means Ncam Reality’s software is even more approachable for live and specialty productions.

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