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South Korean national broadcaster KBS partners with Ark Ventures to launch its first XR/VP studio, powered by Brompton LED processing

Established in 1927, the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) is one of the leading television and radio broadcasters in South Korea, operating seven radio networks, ten television channels, and multiple internet-exclusive services. Recognising the power of virtual production and XR technology to create immersive and dynamic sets for live broadcast applications, KBS partnered with Ark Ventures Korea to create the XR/VP studio for live broadcast at KBS facilities. Powered by industry-leading Tessera SX40 LED processors, the studio features a ROE Visual LED wall and makes KBS the first broadcasting company in the country to implement this successful blend of ROE Visual and Brompton Technology, setting them apart from other South Korean broadcasting stations.

“Given the increasing popularity of virtual production and XR technology, particularly in live broadcast scenarios, KBS recognised the importance of creating a permanent, state-of-the-art studio at their premises to produce broadcasting content with this latest technology, establishing themselves as trend-setters in South Korea,” says David Oh, General Manager at Ark Ventures.

To ensure their studio was of the highest calibre, KBS enlisted the services of Ark Ventures, a leading XR and virtual production environment construction specialist, to create a cutting-edge facility featuring ROE Black Pearl LED panels and a 4K Tessera SX40 LED processor.

The final LED installation boasts a 10m by 4.5m ROE BP2V2 LED wall, along with a Tessera SX40 and two Tessera XD 10G data distribution units that work seamlessly together to produce incredibly realistic visuals and support even for the largest and most ambitious KBS projects.

“When selecting the products for the LED wall at KBS studio, we sought an optimal combination of performance and reputation,” explains Oh. “ROE Visual’s BP2V2 was our best choice, offering a high refresh rate, low scan rate, and exceptional stability. Meanwhile, Brompton’s LED processing is widely considered to be the industry gold standard, so it made sense to pair the best with the best.”

Tessera features such as Frame Remapping, which allows multiple cameras to view different content on the same LED screen simultaneously, and the ShutterSync® feature, which tunes the LED refresh rate to the camera’s shutter speed to prevent artefacts from appearing, provide the KBS team with a comprehensive solution that transforms typically complicated multi-camera virtual production setups into a seamless and effective workflow.

“We always enjoy our LED panels’ outstanding performance that is stably brought out by Brompton processor. KBS’s 1st VP/XR studio is another high-demanding technical environment that we created together,” states Grace Guo, Sales Director for ROE Visual. “We can’t wait to see a much greater realism and wider perspective illustrated on KBS.”

With the project completed at the end of April, both KBS and the Ark Ventures team are delighted with the new studio, with Oh expressing his excitement about the prospect of continuing their collaboration on numerous upcoming projects.

“We are thrilled to see KBS rolling out their cutting-edge XR/VP studio and we look forward to continue our collaboration on many more exciting projects with their team,” says Oh. “As a company, we firmly believe in the synergy created by using top-of-the-line equipment, which is why we choose to work with products like Brompton’s that are leading the innovation in LED processing.”

“With the advancement of virtual production as a tool used for live broadcast applications, we are delighted to see KBS fully leveraging the advances in technology by partnering with XR and VP specialist company Ark Ventures to build a state-of-the-art studio that allows their team to create any environment they can dream up,” concludes Luke Hurford, Brompton’s Business Development Manager, APAC. “It’s great to see that our products, like the Tessera SX40, are at the forefront of this cutting-edge solution.”

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