Everything You Need To Know About How LED Walls Stack Up Against Green Screen Technology

The processes of “virtual production” and “extended reality” have become widely adopted throughout the video industry, but how does it really compare to the tried and true methods? Keep reading to find out.

In modern film, everyone is familiar with “green screen” or “chroma key” technology which refers to using a single color as the backdrop for a scene so that editors can more easily isolate, or “key out”, actors from the background in post-production. When this technology was first introduced in the mid-1900’s, it was a game changer in film, similar to how LED walls are revolutionizing the video industry today. So, what are the differences and why should we care?

  1. In-camera VFX. An LED wall allows the crew to capture virtual effects in camera, meaning the background and action are all occurring live on set, and everyone involved can see and make real-time adjustments to the scene. This gives a new level of control to the process that is absent when using green screen.
  2. Immersive on-set experience. When filming with green screen, directors and actors have to imagine the environment in which a scene is taking place. However, the use of an LED wall means that actors are also immersed in the environment and can react accordingly. For the first time, creatives, directors, and talent can all operate with the same vision.
  3. Realistic lighting & reflections. LED panel technology is so advanced that the dynamic lights and colors contribute to a hyper-realistic environment, and reflections, specifically, can be captured in-camera (a traditionally grueling post-production process).
  4. Shorter post-production. As one can imagine, it’s much more efficient to capture effects in real-time, as opposed to adding in computer generated effects after the footage has been captured. This results in a quicker turnaround time for the final product.
  5. Increases overall efficiency. An in-studio LED wall allows for a controlled environment in which production doesn’t need to account for weather, times of day, or complications with travel. It also essentially eliminates the need for re-shoots, since everyone can see and correct the scenes in real time.

While LED technology is quite a large investment, it’s countless benefits make it a no-brainer for industry veterans. It’s even predicted that by 2026, virtual production will be the global standard for studio production. Stay up-to-date on all of the latest technology by following below!

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