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Christina Heller — CEO, Metastage

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Volume capture is fast becoming one of the easiest and most practical ways to transform real people into digital assets. Pioneering this new field is Metastage, a company that captures performers on a state-of-the-art stage and then turns them into 3D content that you can play back as AR and VR experiences on even the most humble hardware.

Joining Chris this week is Christina Heller, Metastage’s CEO. After working in media production, Christina co-founded VR Playhouse to deliver stunning immersive content and then took her expertise to Metastage. She tells Chris about the process of volume capture and its incredible advantages, including how it was put to use on a convention-defying commercial featuring Charli XCX.

Links:

Metastage >

XR Social Club on VRChat >

XR Social Club on Discord >

Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Charli XCX commercial >

Chevron virtual offshore experience >


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Chapters:


5:19 Christina’s background: From media production to Metastage

8:36 A journey into VR

12:51 The creative challenges of 360 video

17:37 Surfing the VR wave

23:33 Entering the Metastage

30:02 Capturing hair, glasses, and golf clubs

36:09 Charli XCX and the advantages of volume capture

41:41 Will we be able to volume capture at home?

46:18 The tech behind Metastage

51:32 The process of being captured

57:19 Metastage and the metaverse

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About the author

Christopher Nichols

Chris is a CG industry veteran and Director of Chaos Labs. He can also be heard regularly as the host of the CG Garage podcast which attracts 20,000 weekly listeners. With a background in both VFX and Design, Chris has worked for Gensler, Digital Domain, Imageworks and Method Studios. His credits include Maleficent, Oblivion and Tron: Legacy.

Originally published: February 14, 2022.
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