Industrial Light and Magic’s Stagecraft Suite of virtual production tools and ARRI were among the recipients of this year’s Engineering, Science and Technology Emmy Awards.
The Television Academy on Thursday unveiled the 2022 recipients of the award, which honors an individual, company or organization for advancing broadcast technology. The Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Paul Debevec for his contributions to imaging and other technologies that power virtual production.
“Innovation is an important part of television production; and the talented engineers, scientists and technologists we recognize are essential to the growth of our industry,” said Frank Scherma, Academy President and CEO. “These pioneering companies and visionaries harness the power of technology to elevate television and storytelling in fundamental ways.” used.”
Committee Chair John Leverance added, “Earlier this year the Academy formed a group of Science and Technology Fellows to represent members involved in the strategy and development of technologies that enable or advance the storytelling process for the television industry.” “Leaded by new peer group governors and co-chairs Wendy Ellsworth and Barry Zegel, this year’s newly formed Engineering Emmy Awards committee honors innovative solutions to a wide range of once seemingly intractable technical problems,” Leverens said.
Below is a list of awards and recipients.
Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award – Dr. Paul E. Debevec
Debevec will be awarded the 2022 Charles F. Jenkins Lifetime Achievement Award for his groundbreaking work in high dynamic range imaging, image-based lighting and photogrammetry, essential techniques used in computer graphics for VFX and virtual production.
Debevec’s pioneering work made it possible to record and reproduce the lighting of real scenes to illuminate virtual scenes and vice versa.
High dynamic range imagery is a mainstay of computer graphics and, combined with image-based lighting, has enabled the realistic integration of existing live-action lighting into computer-rendered images. These tools and concepts are now a standard for rendering within the VFX industry. Paul pioneered the concept and innovative use of LED lighting with Light Stage, paving the way for the use of LED lighting in virtual production, which has seen rapid growth as a tool for lighting artists on virtual stages.
The Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award -ARRI
ARRI was awarded the Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award for its more than a century of designing and manufacturing camera and lighting systems as well as systemic technical solutions and service networks for the global complexity of the film, broadcast and media industries.
Industry professionals have long relied on the stability and versatility of ARRI equipment in a portfolio that includes digital cameras, lenses, camera accessories, recording technologies, light heads and lighting accessories. In addition to providing specialized technologies, ARRI Rental Services and Equipment provides camera, lighting and grip packages to commercial productions here and abroad.
Engineering Emmy Recipients
Mark Hills and Mark Bakos for the Cleanfeed remote audio review/recording system
CleanFeed is a high-fidelity “conference call” software as a service focused on audio production. This enables equal audio-quality collaboration with all participants together in the same studio and with low latencies for smooth interaction between talents. Cleanfeed’s innovative technology has advanced workflows in the industry, enabling full-scale TV and film post-production with in-house engineers and talent using a direct link in their web browser.
Vesh Systems Ltd. for Vesh Platform
The Disguise platform is an advancement in image processing that incorporates elements of video playback and real-time technology to improve interactions between computer graphic elements, digital images and environments, physical actors, props, and practical sets. Combining a disguise platform with LED walls and camera tracking enables realistic lighting information for actors (and real objects), support for reflective and refractive props, more natural shot lineups, and a production environment where creative decisions can be made quickly and with precision. support Using real-time 3D visualization-based software and robust hardware, tools on the Disguise platform seamlessly integrate and direct an array of technologies, including camera tracking and real-time content engines that incorporate analog physical space into a virtual digital world.
Industrial lighting and magic for Stagecraft Virtual Production Tool Suite
ILM StageCraft is an end-to-end virtual production tools suite that bridges the gap between practical physical production methods and traditional digital post-production visual effects by providing the ability to design, scout and light environments before shooting and then capture them. Sight in camera during principal photography. StageCraft brings together a real-time engine, real-time renderer, high-quality color management, physical camera equipment, LED displays, motion-capture techniques, synchronization methods and user interfaces set to digitally create the illusion of 3D backgrounds. For live-action sets.
Jeffrey Crawshaw and William Brinkley for Leostream remote access software
Leostream’s remote access and desktop connection management software enables news and entertainment organizations to create security-conscious remote production environments that are sustainable, performant and cost-effective. The ability to mix and manage on-premises and cloud-based hosting platforms and support for multiple high-performance display protocols ensure the productivity of editors and production engineers, while simplifying IT. The ability to manage disparate technologies from a single management and access platform is a unique Leostream construct that enables organizations to advance the state of the art of their entire hosted desktop environment as new technologies come to market.
Shure insert for Axient digital wireless audio system
The Shure Axient® Digital Wireless System equips audio production teams with the wireless capabilities needed to deliver transparent, true, artifact-free audio for television and broadcast broadcasts with the highest performance RF (radio frequency), exceptional audio quality, command and control, and hardware scalability in the world. Stories need to be told seamlessly on the most demanding sets.
Sohonet for ClearView Pivot remote collaboration tool
Sohonet’s ClearView Pivot is a real-time remote collaboration tool with the flexibility to connect creative users at the click of a button, allowing users to stream color and frame-correct footage in 4K HDR, 12-bit color depth and 4:4:4 chroma sampling. In real time with very low latency. From a single web interface (and without setting up new firewall configurations for each use), ClearView is able to efficiently connect multiple participants for multi-point review sessions.
Stipe Kazic, Andrija Kazic, Daniel Kruselz and Ivica Antolkovic for the Stipe Suite of Optical/Camera Tracking Tools
The Stipe suite of optical/tracking tools includes the first bolt-on mechanical tracking kit for camera cranes (the StypeKit) used to retrieve existing cranes and convert them into virtual production cranes (complete with lens data delivered over an Ethernet interface), As a result. Simplification of setup procedures and implementation of lens calibration procedures that eliminated graphics drafts and, with the introduction of auto-aim functionality, made VR shots smoother. In addition, its optical-camera tracking system (RedSpy) produces a point cloud marker system used to calculate camera positions, which, combined with StipeKit’s crane tracking, meets the most demanding requirements of live productions.