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A MicroLED screen could replace the “green screen” when shooting movies and series

Samsung wants to impose its MicroLED technology in movie studios. The Korean giant thinks it can replace the good old green backgrounds with gigantic TV screens capable of offering incomparable immersion.

Samsung’s latest TV is 20 meters wide, 7 meters high and unless you’re running a movie studio, it’s probably not for you. The company has just forged a partnership with a Korean company to integrate its MicroLED technology into film studios.

The electronics giant has built a gigantic version of its The Wall TV to replace the traditional green screen and improve immersion when shooting. ” This virtual production studio will use LED screens and connected cameras to create virtual sets in real time ”, Explains Samsung.

The advantages of MicroLED in the cinema

Until now, MicroLED technology was embedded in TVs at exorbitant prices. Samsung’s 110-inch screen sells for € 149,000, for example. Suffice to say that the machine had a bit of trouble to impose itself in our living rooms. In a film studio on the other hand, this technology is very interesting.

Using a screen, rather than a green background on which we will place fictitious environments in postproduction, offers many advantages. The first and most obvious is the immersion offered to actors and actresses. Rather than turning in front of a bare green background, it is possible to see the environment in which we are evolving in real time, allowing you to immerse yourself a little more in the universe. Special effects can also be added in real time, giving the director an opportunity to immediately see the result.

Samsung’s MicroLED screen used in filming // Source: Samsung

By connecting the shooting cameras with the screen, it is also possible to make the landscape move at the same time as the camera, thus reinforcing the impression of realism. Finally, the light generated by the screen makes it possible to have more natural lighting than with a green background which does not produce light.

An almost century-old idea

The technique is not exactly new. Movies of the 1930s frequently used a similar technique called “rear projection”, especially for scenes in cars. But over the past 90 years, technology has improved a bit.

The rear projection technique used in James Bond vs. Dr No // Source: Eon Production

Recently, the Mandalorian series has been seen using LED screens to create a virtual studio. But technical improvements in MicroLED technology could improve the experience even further. Screens of this type can create deeper blacks and achieve higher peaks in brightness than standard LED screens. It is possible to arrange them so as to create different shapes, without visible borders and with better viewing angles.

Samsung’s screen is also HDR10 + compatible, can display content up to 16K. It is specially treated to avoid the traditional problems that arise when filming a screen (moire, scanning effect, etc.). Until the MicroLED becomes accessible to ordinary people, it will at least be possible to enjoy great visual effects in our next films.

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