New Green Screen Technology Creates Virtual Sets and Locations in Real-Time

M.I.T. alum, Eliot Mack started Cinital, Inc. and created a system that can revolutionize the costly, time consuming process of traditional visual effects post production. The Cinital system has the ability to instantly track and match camera motion to virtual environments and to perform real-time keying and compositing. Although it costs $85,000 to buy, it will certainly be available to rent (some day). The Boston Globe ran a piece on this recently:

…when the Cinital-enhanced camera is pointed at an actor standing in front of a green background, it uses a powerful multiprocessor PC to replace the background with footage digitized earlier. The merged image appears on a high-definition monitor on the set, so that the director can adjust lighting or the position of actors to make the shot look more realistic. When the camera pans across a landscape, or zooms in, the background imagery adjusts appropriately. [excerpt from Boston Globe article, “A new script for moviemaking,” by CinemaTech‘s Scott Kirsner]


Check out the video interview with Eliot Mack – demonstrating the process (click below for the video).


  • Mark Dineson

    The Cinital PreVizion(tm) system has come a long, long way in three years. Currently being used in at least one *really major” studio, it has turned the PreViz business upside down with speed and efficiency. Eliot (the founder) has posted new materials on his website http://www.cinital.com and it shows the new mobile model; take the showmaking with you (or at least near the HD camera). They will be at NAB this year (April, 2008) for the unveiling of the completed HD system, after enduring two solid years of “trial by fire” in the studios. Nice to see a piece of hardware so advanced it can input and take composited SD video direct to broadcast- so much for daytime TV the old way- and do HD video a tiny bit behind..