What is Virtual Set?

Virtual Set Demos at Cobalt Stages

Videos featuring Virtual Set

Virtual Set


Virtual Set is the effective merger of CG and live action. The technology tracks camera position and orientation on stage, then merges the chroma key content with your CG environment IN FULL MOTION…IN REAL TIME. Essentially, while you’re shooting your green screen / live action element, you’re seeing a composite of the ENTIRE scene... LIVE.


It incorporates your live action with a CG environment, 4 HD video sources (or 3 4K videos), and through Motion Builder it can incorporate live animation via motion capture.


Virtual set is used to reduce budgets and maximize production value on many Hollywood blockbusters (the mantra on Jungle Book was ‘if the kid ain’t touching it, we’re not building it').

(Jungle Book won Academy Award for Best Effects using our technology - Virtual Set)

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The technology has no end of significant benefits:

  •       Directors can see the full composite and choreograph accordingly
  •       D.P.’s can better compose shots and motivate / cue lighting
  •       Actors see their environment
  •       Clients ‘get it’
  •       It streamlines post with the tracking meta-data
  •       You leave with a rough composite to edit with


All of this, and of course the cost benefits of not building an entire set!


Here’s a work-in-progress demo we cut together of Virtual Sets in action.