Ross Video has helped create a virtual lunar scenario for CMG and CCTV’s “Mission to The Moon”

CCTV, China’s national broadcaster, created the world’s first 4K UHD Immersive Mixed Reality (IMR) 4K UHD television production environment in 2019. It was created for Mission to The Moon documentary series. For series two, China Media Group (CMG) again turned to Ross Video for help.

In order to create a vivid lunar environment CMG built the world’s first 4K mixed reality real-time digital visual effects production studio in the world to create 3D animations on which the series is based. The new studio also helped to create the innovative AI astronaut character that was a regular feature of the series and guided the audience around the lunar environment. The major part of those visuals was rendered using Voyager, based on Unreal engine from Epic Games.

Ross solutions have helped CMG and CCTV push the limits of visual effects technology and set new standards for audience engagement.

“We chose to work with Ross Video again because Ross has a much more comprehensive product and solution portfolio than other manufacturers”, comments Mr. Wang Zijian, CMG’s senior engineer and director of Program Packaging Technology for Mission to The Moon. “The company has an extremely mature range of 12G SDI solutions but also helped us a great deal with other elements such as IP streaming. This second series was a huge endeavour that took over a year to plan and create. It saw us tackle new technologies and work with cutting-edge image capture methods. Highly complex workflows like these depend on expert, reliable technology partners, and we have received invaluable support from the team at Ross. The key to the success of both series one and two has been the combination of strong educational content married with amazing visuals, and Ross solutions have been the backbone of the latter”.

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