Fuzzy Door Tech, the technology division of Seth MacFarlane’s production company Fuzzy Door, has just announced ViewScreen Scout, the latest addition to its ViewScreen family of production visualization tools. An iPhone app, ViewScreen Scout is now available free of charge as a public Beta that can be found here.

In conjunction with this announcement, the company has also rebranded its production-grade scouting app, previously known as ViewScreen Scout, to ViewScreen Scout Pro. 

ViewScreen Scout is a real-time scouting app that provides individual users with the powerful production visualization tools needed to scout a scene or shot – from blocking and adjusting lighting and lenses to animating characters – before filming begins. The Beta app is a single-user version of ViewScreen Scout Pro and is available free-of-charge. 

The app provides individual users with the powerful production visualization tools needed to scout a scene or shot – from blocking and adjusting lighting and lenses to animating characters – before filming begins..

“ViewScreen Scout is an innovative scouting tool that puts the power of production visualization into people’s hands to help them achieve their creative vision,” said Faith Sedlin, president of Fuzzy Door Tech. “The app runs on an iPhone and is easy to use wherever your project takes you – on location or a small space that might be hard to navigate with bulky gear.” 

“Our new scouting app lets the entire production crew envision how digital assets will blend into real-world environments before the cameras start rolling,” Sedlin continued. “It’s the perfect introduction to ViewScreen. It lets filmmakers scout a project using their own assets to get a feel for how the suite of tools works.” 

ViewScreen Scout records how digital assets will look on location or a soundstage – before filming begins. The app lets you previsualize scenes, virtually walk through sets, block movement, visualize lighting and more. The ability to visualize and animate digital assets and VFX in situ, reacting directly to what you see on your iPhone, can help users capture desired shots in fewer takes.

The app scans an environment, analyzes the space, and then places and animates digital objects in a scene – in real-time and at real-world scale. Users can download their own custom 3D assets from Box or from the Files app on their iPhone to plan and block a scene to decide if a location works, figure out the best angles for coverage, or even build new blocking and animation on the fly. 

ViewScreen Scout is designed for individual users who want to explore real-time scouting. The just renamed ViewScreen Scout Pro is a production-ready scouting app designed for collaboration that works seamlessly with ViewScreen Studio, the company’s suite of tools designed for television and film production. 

ViewScreen Scout Pro includes shared AR rooms where the entire crew can collaborate, whether the team is together in the same location or working remotely across multiple locations. It also has more advanced features including live markerless motion capture and motion capture suit integration, the ability to export all VFX data (OBJs, EXRs, etc.) to accelerate post-production as well as customized software, support and services that can be tailored for a specific project. 

ViewScreen Scout and ViewScreen Scout Pro run on iOS devices including any iPhone 13 Pro/Pro Max and higher or any iPad Pro M1 and higher. 

ViewScreen Scout is free during the Beta for users in North America (US and Canada), Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Korea.

ViewScreen Scout Pro integrates with ViewScreen Studio and is available for use on film and TV productions in North America (US and Canada). Pricing for ViewScreen Studio and ViewScreen Scout Pro varies based on the requirements and complexity of the production. More information can be found here.

Source: Fuzzy Door Tech

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