Creating unreal possibilities for broadcasters with virtual studios, powered by Unreal Engine
Variety is the spice of life. Consistency can all too easily turn into stagnation. When Belgian TV’s Extra Time got a brand-new presenter, they decided it was time for a complete overhaul. To push the program – and its possibilities – into the new digital present.
The most eye-catching thing about the set of Extra Time is that there isn’t one. Or at least, not in the traditional sense. Belgium’s iconic football analysis talk show is breaking through the limits of reality and unleashing its creativity with a completely virtual studio.
That means the only physical thing left in the recording room is the guests and the table. Everything else is brought to life through the magic of Unreal Engine, a technology originally used to make stunning, interactive worlds for games. And with the technology of Unreal, the only limitation is your creativity.
A fully green-keyed studio means everything can be run in real-time, inside the powerful Unreal Engine. No more pre-rendered graphics that stay the same throughout the entire season, the Extra Time studio can change on the fly, conjuring up new worlds and surroundings at a moment’s notice.With Prismax’s own software XLive and dedicated training, the crew didn’t have to become fully vetted game designers. Rather, they can continue to do what they do best: produce, design and direct. Only now, they can transcend the barriers of reality and create a television experience that’s truly out of this world.