According to foreign media The Hollywood Reporter, Sony recently announced that it has begun to sell a series of modular screens for making digital movie sets. Industrial Light & Magic and Epic Games created similar sets when they helped film The Mandalorian.

At that time, the team used Sony's Crystal LED series to lay digital scenes through MicrOLED modular screens. Screen technology and modularity means you can make huge displays using a bunch of panels connected to a controller. This is useful if you want to create a virtual set with your monitor.

And today Sony announced the new B series for commercial use, which has been recognized by the film industry. The screens of this series not only have anti-reflection coatings, but also have high brightness, which can reach up to 1800 nits. For comparison, Apple's Pro Display XDR maxes out at 1600 nits.

One of the benefits of using monitors to set up backgrounds is that the light they emit makes it easier for viewers to believe that the actors are really there. In a traditional green screen set, the background is flat, solid color, and you have to light the actors as if the background was actually there. However, when you use the screen, the background is already there and provides the light.

As a completely fictional example, let's imagine a character sitting in the desert at sunset. If you're shooting on a green screen, you'll have to set up a bunch of lights to simulate how the actors will look outside. However, if you're using screens, you can mostly rely on those screens to generate this light for you, making it easier to get a realistic looking shot (you can see it happening in this behind-the-scenes video).

Using a display can also mean more realistic reflections. If the hypothetical character in our example was wearing, say, a slightly reflective helmet, and we were shooting on a green screen, it would reflect that green color. The visual effects artist would have to do it in the back to make it look like the helmet was actually reflecting the desert. But with the screen, the helmet can reflect the surrounding display without the need for post-production work. When I made short films at school, we would use plain old TVs to get reflections and avoid doing post work, but you can imagine these panels would produce better results.

Sony says these monitors are capable of high frame rates and 3D, so you have a lot of flexibility in what kind of signal you feed them. Sony plans to make them available in "summer," but has yet to announce a price. However, given that the B-Series was developed in partnership with Sony Electronics and Sony Pictures Entertainment, even if it were commercialized, the price would not be affordable for the average person.
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