Virtual Stage 1 offers a glimpse of film's increasingly computer-generated future.

Universal Studios has opened its new Universal Virtual Stage 1. As box office hits Avatar and Alice in Wonderland have sparked great interest in 3D virtual cinema, the $4.5 M virtual production set up includes a 40-x-80-foot green-screen cyclorama; editing bays; VFX and animation workstations; and technologies for applications including motion capture and camera tracking.

Reuters reports:

“This stage has the ability to do pre-viz, production and postproduction all under one roof,” Jeff Berry, executive director of Universal Studios Virtual Effects & Production Services, said. “The stage is designed to be as turn-key as possible, from simple green-screen work to complicated camera tracking and motion capture in real time.”

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