Sony Unveils Crystal LED Displays for Virtual Production

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Just prior to next week's virtual CES, Sony Electronics announced a pair of new Crystal LED modular direct view displays aimed at professional applications including virtual production — an area that has experienced an uptick in interest during the past year and has been used on projects from The Midnight Sky to The Mandalorian.

Sony calls attention to the C-series for its high contrast ratio and B-series for accentuating high brightness. Sony reports that the B-series was developed in collaboration with Sony Pictures Entertainment to reflect the needs of production. For instance, it features an anti-reflection coating with a matte finish, with an eye toward virtual sets.

Both series are equipped with Sony's "X1 for Crystal LED” processor and incorporate the same Crystal LED technology used in its Bravia TVs. Features include the ability to display high dynamic range images, high frame rates up to 120 frames per second and stereoscopic 3D. They are also fanless, for quieter operation.

A virtual production environment using the tech giant's current display technology (which was initially unveiled for additional uses including digital cinema) can be found at Sony's Digital Media Production Center, an L.A.-based venture for filmmakers. That setup was featured in the Sony exhibition a year ago at CES 2020.

The new Crystal LED C-series and B-series are planned to be available this summer. Pricing wasn't announced.