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Inside the ZEISS CinCraft Scenario

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In-Depth: ZEISS CinCraft Scenario and Nano Primes

The ZEISS CinCraft is a camera tracking system for virtual production that works in various environments, including tight spaces like cars.

We talked with Nick Hayes and Tanner Grimshaw from ZEISS to discuss how CinCraft works and its potential impact on filmmaking workflows.

Key Insights:

  • CinCraft offers three tracking methods: natural features, reflective markers, and digital markers on LED walls

  • Integration with ZEISS lenses reduces the need for lens calibration

  • The omnidirectional sensor can be placed on or near the camera for tracking and has a simple offset process

  • ZEISS's Nano Prime lenses provide optical quality at a lower price point compared to their other cinema lenses

ZEISS CinCraft aims to make virtual production more accessible and efficient for filmmakers.

Check out our full conversation with ZEISS’ Nick Hayes and Tanner Grimshaw.


Learn Virtual Production with RIT at Synapse Studios, LA

As our industry pushes the boundaries of virtual production techniques (think Disney’s The Mandalorian and Marvel’s Avenger films), Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) is opening the door for people like you to earn their spot on tomorrow’s set.

And they’ve started by tapping Hollywood's leader in VP, Synapse Virtual Production, as their partners for an exclusive learning experience.

This 10-day immersion will take place in Los Angeles, in June 2024 at Synapse Studios where students will work with the same technology and set as award-winning directors, cinematographers, producers, and more.

Co-taught by Professor David Long and other members of RIT’s MAGIC Center, a world-class digital media research and production facility, the course will provide the latest training in experiential elements for virtual production (VP).

In just two weeks, the course will train students in foundational skills of Virtual Production, which involves hands-on filmmaking, 3-D graphics, computational photography, and real-time engine rendering. An opportunity like this will jumpstart their careers and fill the demand for qualified talent across virtual production crews.

The first immersive course will take place this summer June 10-14 and June 17-21, 2024.

Space is limited, hurry to gain your spot on set before it’s gone!

To learn more about the course and to enroll, visit RIT’s course page here.


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