Custom Consoles EditOne desks have been chosen for the mission control room set in Mirage3D’s virtual reality 360 degrees and fulldome film ‘Mars 1001’. “We researched the available desks online and at IBC 2017,” commented Mirage3D founder and CEO Robin Sip who produced the new film for digital planetariums around the world. “EditOne has exactly the modern high-tech look we were seeking, plus the practical advantage that it ships as an easily assembled flatpack. We purchased four desks and expanded this to 30 using our green-screen skills. We changed the actors and extras and props for every recording. You won’t see the joins!”
“We have supplied desks to a very large number of production studios, post houses, broadcasters and playout service providers over the years but this is the first time they have intentionally appeared on camera,” added Custom Consoles’ sales manager Gary Fuller. “The effects achieved by Mirage3D are extremely impressive and demonstrate how far traditional television can be developed as virtual reality becomes increasingly popular.”
Scheduled for release in June 2018, ‘Mars 1001’ centres on space reporter Miles O’Brien guiding viewers through a 1,000 day mission to fly a crew to Mars and return them safely to Earth. The production will be available in fulldome, flat screen and VR formats.
EditOne was developed for use in video editing suites and broadcast graphics areas. It goes beyond traditional rectangular styling by using sculpted MDF support panels rather than metal legs. The curved theme is carried through to the desktop and a raised monitor shelf, both of which are optimised for a centrally seated operator. The EditOne desk incorporates three equipment pods with a collective nine units of rack space. These form the base of a monitor shelf. Full cable management is provided. Power distribution is optional. An auxiliary equipment pedestal with an additional nine units of rack space and an integral worktop is also available.
Front and rear corners of the desk and auxiliary pedestal are curved, eliminating any possibility of collision with sharp protrusions and contributing to the ultra-modern appearance. The worktop and monitor base also have hard-wearing and operator-friendly curved edges at front, sides and rear. Finish is in oak with contrasting black powder-coated MDF. All furniture in the EditOne range can be shipped in compact flat-pack form for onsite assembly by customers or systems integrators, saving space, cost and delivery time.
Mirage3D offers a wide range of chroma key effects at its green screen studio in The Hague. The Studio sets can occupy up to 15 x 15 metre floor area and faces a 4.8 metre high U-shaped green screen wall. Stage facilities include a 3 metre diameter turntable supporting weights of up to 1,250 kilograms, an overhead door large enough to accommodate a car, roller scaffolding, pulleys, and a wide range of props. Clients can work with Mirage3D production equipment or bring their own production tools. The facility also has its own 8K cameras, edit suite, 3D animation system, video effects facilities, render farm and dome theatre. The resultant recordings can be digitally superimposed into any conceivable background.