Disguise has launched its new state-of-the-art xR stage in LA. The space comes equipped with the latest technology to meet the growing demand for the disguise xR workflow in virtual production and broadcast in the West Coast area.

The upgraded facility comes with an enhanced design, state-of-the-art equipment and a full cluster rendering setup targeting the growing wave of film, episodic TV and broadcast productions relying on scalable, photorealistic real-time content.

The new stage is made up of disguise rx render nodes driving uncompressed real-time scenes from Unreal Engine or other render engines and disguise vx media servers. An LED wall is made up of Roe Visual Black Onyx 2.8mm panels and Black Marble video floor. Other equipment includes Brompton Tessera SX40 and S4 LED processors and an XD unit, Red Komodo and Blackmagic URSA cameras, Stype RedSpy, Ncam and Mo-Sys StarTracker camera tracking systems, BlackTrax real-time tracking and lighting products from Litegear and Arri.


The facility features kit from Roe Visual, Blackmagic, Mo-Sys, Arri and more

“The disguise LA xR stage has been invaluable to us as we pitch to our clients and evaluate workflow options. Because xR stages are generally costly and hard to come by, the flexibility and versatility of the disguise LA xR stage makes it invaluable to us for testing and exploring use cases across a range of projects and a growing list of industry opportunities,” said Steve Richards, principal at Original Syndicate and long-time disguise customer.

For the past two years, the LA stage has been providing the disguise user community with a space to learn and experiment with the xR workflow, test out new content ideas and design end-to-end projects across live music, corporate presentations, broadcast and virtual production for film and episodic TV.

The stage also doubles as an R&D centre and support resource for the community, a space for the technical solutions team to run xR demonstrations for clients around the world, as well as an event space where various educational talks have been hosted. The new stage will also enhance disguise’s permanent xR setup in LA with better local knowledge and 24-hour global support.

“I think the next couple of months will be very interesting. As live events start to come back, it will be exciting to see how xR can be integrated into live production and utilised to augment in-person experiences,” said Marcus Bengtsson, technical solutions specialist for disguise LA.

“xR represents a huge technical leap forward for the industry and there are now technologies and creative tools available to designers that were not around 12 months ago. I am very excited to see what the next generation of live shows will look like and how these new technologies can be incorporated.”