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Pixotope and Anomalyst take the reins at Singapore National Day Parade

Pixotope and Anomalyst take the reins at Singapore National Day Parade

Pixotope and Anomalyst take the reins at Singapore National Day Parade

Singapore:

Pixotope has partnered with Anomalyst Studio to develop what is said to be the first use of 3D real-time graphics in the 2021 Singapore National Day Parade. The company, known for its live augmented reality and virtual production solution of the same name, used its software to generate all the AR overlays for five segments of the large-scale TV event. In one instance, five stars rose from a physical stage prop, transitioning to form a virtual display of the Singaporean national flag.

The various animated elements were created in Maya before being imported into Pixotope for playback in the main show, and after the first pass of AR visuals were complete, the lighting department sampled the lighting choreography to use as reflection maps for the AR content. The designers had to ensure that the displays blended as if they were live stage elements, aiming for a seamless appearance.

The parade was Pixotope and Anomalyst’s first collaboration on a large-scale live event, and with such a huge physical cast and stage, the companies had to choregraph the AR elements into the show very precisely. The AR elements were sent to MediaCorp, the show’s broadcaster, for transmission, after collaborative planning from Anomalyst Studio and the camera crew.

With Covid-19 restricting what is usually a very crowded event, both companies were keen to still make the parade accessible for home viewers. “With this technology used for the first time in this famous annual event, it took a while for everyone to warm to the prospect of broadcasting AR graphics for a traditionally physical mass display show. After the first few rehearsals, the potential of having additional engaging content complemented the various live components that added an entirely new dimension to the overall show’s display,” said Sam Leadsom, vice president in global business development, Pixotope.

“Pixotope’s effective AR overlays were well received by both the committee and the thousands of viewers at home and will have a high potential to become a mainstay for subsequent shows in years to come,” he concluded.



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