XR Studios selects disguise as central technology hub for 2020 MTV VMAs

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The first major awards show in the US to be broadcast since the pandemic was held on August 30th, when the socially distant MTV Video Music Awards were telecast from New York City. XR Studios selected the disguise xR workflow, powered by the latest disguise gx 2c media server, as the show’s central technology hub.

“The project was successful on a level of scale in terms of the size of the stage, the number of Stype-tracked cameras and the ambitious number of live performances and awards presentations,” says JT Rooney of Silent Partners Studio, who worked together with XR Studios to deliver the complex show in Extended Reality.

XR Studios, who pioneered the application of xR in live entertainment, was brought in by Paul Caslin, Creative Director for the VMAs, to help create a virtual stage where the awards presentation would take place. Additionally, XR Studios produced and enabled creative teams to craft performances for multiple artists like Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas, Doja Cat and Da Baby in Extended Reality environments. Notch VFX played a key role in the production as the main real-time rendering engine for the awards stage and performances from Miley Cyrus, The Black Eyed Peas and Doja Cat. Meanwhile, Unreal Engine provided real-time rendering for Lady Gaga and Da Baby, utilising disguise’s newly launched RenderStream video-over-IP protocol.


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