31 August, 2022 – HTC VIVE’s Mars CamTrack is partnering with Aximmetry to make live broadcast easier than ever before, combining VIVE’s hardware and Aximmetry’s software to create an outstanding package for virtual production. The new partnership will be on display at IBC in Amsterdam, from 9 – 12 September, in Hall 8, stand A91

VIVE Mars CamTrack is a turnkey virtual production product consolidating the entire multi-camera tracking workflow into a compact, plug-and-play module with professional-grade features. Recently VIVE Mars CamTrack added direct support for the FreeD protocol, in addition to Unreal Engine’s Live Link. 

Aximmetry is an industry leader in democratizing real-time graphics rendering for broadcast and entertainment, with easy-to-use features which deliver outstanding results, including an industry-standard Chroma Keyer and Unreal Engine integration. Aximmetry’s advanced software acts as a “studio glue” in virtual productions providing a high level of interactivity and real-time control even in complicated scenes.  

“VIVE Mars Camtrack is excited to join forces with Aximmetry as we continue to push the boundaries of virtual production,” said Raymond Pao, SVP Business Solutions at HTC VIVE. “Virtual production has never been easier, with Aximmetry’s simple-to-use but feature-rich software, and VIVE Mars Camtrack combining to deliver a compact and powerful experience. The era of advanced production being limited to those with big budgets is over, now a virtual production setup can fit into a backpack and deliver professional-grade results.” 

“We are thrilled that we can truly fulfill Aximmetry’s pledge to make virtual production accessible to everybody regardless of the size of their budget by joining the ranks with VIVE Mars CamTrack. It is very exciting that such a widely popular VR platform as HTC VIVE has committed to becoming a serious player in the broadcast market. The time has come to offer the means for the entire virtual production workflow in one affordable package to all. Aximmetry is very proud to be part of this venture.” said Zsolt Peter, Aximmetry CEO. 

VIVE Mars CamTrack greatly simplifies virtual production setup, thus reducing overall production time and expense. By leveraging sub-millimeter precision lighthouse tracking technology, VIVE Mars CamTrack shrinks a complicated workflow into a compact box, delivering a simple, accurate camera-tracking solution.  

VIVE Mars CamTrack includes the following highlight features: 

  • Multi-cam tracking, with support for up to three cameras 
  • Highly accurate tracking with VIVE Tracker 
  • Automated calibration for camera offset and lens distortion 
  • Lens encoder compatibility, allowing filmmakers to change the depth of field as they would on a traditional camera 
  • Plug and play compatibility, with no additional software required 
  • One-click origin reset 
  • Genlock synced to UE LiveLink, offering synchronized output between real and virtual actors 
  • Robust wiring to reduce latency 
  • Superior quality live compositing including light wrap, reflections, shadows of the talent, visual interactions of virtual and real elements 
  • Industry standard Aximmetry Chroma Keyer 
  • Advanced XR Solution 
  • Studio “glue” holding the virtual broadcast production together by easy interfacing of a multitude of hardware 

VIVE Mars CamTrack will be at IBC from 9 – 12 September, in Hall 8, stand A91: https://ibc22.mapyourshow.com/8_0/floorplan/?hallID=D&selectedBooth=booth~8.A91  

About HTC 

HTC VIVE is the premier virtual reality (VR) platform and ecosystem that creates true-to-life VR experiences for businesses and consumers. The VIVE ecosystem is built around premium VR hardware, software, and content. The VIVE business encompasses best-in-class XR hardware; VIVEPORT platform and app store; VIVE Enterprise Solutions for business customers; VIVE X, a US$100M VR business accelerator; and VIVE ARTS for cultural initiatives. For more information, please visit www.vive.com.  

About Aximmetry 

Aximmetry Technologies provides end-to-end, real-time 3D graphics and virtual studio solutions for the broadcast and entertainment industries for many years and to a truly global user base. Its ambition is to make high-end virtual studio software technology accessible to all. The Aximmetry virtual production platform offers the choice of two real-time rendering engines: Aximmetry’s own engine and Unreal Engine integration. Aximmetry software editions are tried and tested by thousands of users around the world from indie content creators, to large production houses and television stations using multiple licenses for complex productions. For more information, please visit www.aximmetry.com 

Sean

Sean Earley is the Executive Editor of AR/VR Magazine & co-founder of RobotSpaceship Podcast Network. He is the Director of New Biz Development and Publishing at KEMWEB, a musician, producer & consultant. He loves guitars, VR and coffee.