Sony is taking its “lens-to-the-living room” core AV aptitude another step this week with the introduction of its “Verona” Crystal LED display walls that are purpose-built for “virtual production” and corporate industrial applications.

The new display wall technology, which isn’t intended for home theaters, is being announced in advance of the CEDIA Expo custom integration showcase in Denver. The show draws a range of custom electronics integrators who serve commercial, corporate and industrial setups as well as high-end homes.

However, these displays underscore the extent to which Sony is involved in the end-to-end production of theatrical and direct-to-home content leading to your screen at home.

Sony said its latest modular LED panel-based Crystal LEDs are optimized for on-set productions involving in-camera VFX, process and practical set elements. They will also serve major corporate environments with high-end backdrops for keynote presentations, executive production spaces and event productions.

Due to arrive in the commercial market next spring, the latest iteration of Sony’s Crystal LED display wall technology features high picture quality, easier installation flexibility, third party controller integration and easy maintenance, Sony said.

The new offerings are split between two model series and two panel sizes with a choice of two pixel pitches (P1.5 and P2.3) and two panel resolutions (320×320 and 216×216). The number of panels used in the finished screen dimensions determines the total resolution of the final screen assembly.

The new Crystal LED series include the “Brompton” model series (ZRD-VP15EB and ZRD-VP23EB) and the “Megapixel VR” model series (ZRD-VP15EM and ZRD-VP23EM). Each series offers modular LED panels with pixel pitches of either P1.5 or P2.3, respectively.

Sony said the Verona Crystal LED offerings demonstrate how it is the only company that can support both industry production cameras (Venice) and on-set LED walls (Verona). The displays then can be used for virtual rear-screen background work as well as providing filmmakers with monitors that can help them better gauge the way the production lighting, color, etc. will appear on audience displays.

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Sony said it is the only company capable of providing tools (VP Tool kits) that ease integration and align color and image science through workflows.

For corporate work, the Verona Crystal LEDs will enable CEOs to provide presentations with virtual backgrounds without the need to be on location.

Sony said the Verona Crystal LED walls are capable of exceptional picture quality including deep black levels that accurately mix real and virtual environments as well as high brightness and a wide color gamut (up to 97% DCI-P3) to provide creative flexibility. The displays are capable of refresh rates up to 7,680Hz to eliminate scan-line and motion artifacts.

They are also equipped with anti-reflection screen technology to eliminate glare from set lighting and other reflections.

To assist with installations, Sony has enabled greater setup flexibility and design efficiencies. The setups allow a 1:1 aspect cabinet and include mechanical features that reduce installation time and prevent damage.

Sony also provides Z-axis adjustment capability to eliminate visible seams between assembled module panels.

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By Greg Tarr

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