Sony Crystal LED Display System – LED Wall for Film Sets
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The Sony Crystal LED display system is available in two versions: C-series with high contrast and deep black and B-series with high brightness (up to 800 nits) and anti-reflective coating for film sets. The system is modular so that the LED wall can have any shape and size. Available from summer 2021.

There has been a certain trend recently where studio film productions have moved away from a simple green screen and used huge LED walls. This has several advantages: the actors can better imagine the scene, the reflections on objects and actors in the scene are real, it reduces the cost of VFX post-production, etc. An example of a recent large-scale production that has been heavily used is LED – Walls is Disney's series from the Star Wars world – The Mandalorian. Insider made an interesting video about it.

For this to work, the LED screen used must have pixels that are small enough not to be seen in front of the camera. Sony recently announced the new Crystal LED Display System with MicroLED technology. This modular system is not only used as a large screen in shopping malls and other public areas, but can also be used for modern movie sets. Let's take a quick look.

Sony Crystal LED display

The idea behind MicroLED is that individual pixels are very small – much smaller than what normal large LED displays offer. The new Sony Crystal LED panels contain microscopic LED chips – the size of a chip is only 0.003 mm2 and around 99% of the area of ​​each pixel is black. This helps to achieve real black tones and thus a high contrast of the image.

Sony has announced the Crystal LED System in two versions:

  • C series with high contrast (1,000,000: 1) and deep black
  • B series that focuses on high brightness up to 800 nits (cd / m2) with anti-reflective coating. Suitable for film sets.

Crystal LED display system. Source: Sony

The key to the Sony Crystal LED is the seamless alignment of multiple panels that can be combined in any shape and size. Each panel contains the Sony X1 image processor, is lightweight and has a quiet, fanless and space-saving design. According to Sony, the panels are durable and designed for long-term use.

According to Sony, the Crystal LED panels use the latest technology to improve image quality:

  • Reality creation, which upscales signals with lower resolution for more detail.
  • Flow of motion that reduces motion blur and enables fast-moving images to play back smoothly.
  • Finally, 22-bit super-bit mapping is signal processing that smooths banding and improves image gradation.

The color space is wide with approx. 140% sRGB coverage. The panels offer a horizontal and vertical viewing angle of almost 180 °. The Crystal LED panels have a 100-240V AC power supply and front access for easy maintenance.

Crystal LED display system. Source: Sony

Each panel is 23.94 "x 13.46" x 2.99 "(60.81 x 34.19 x 7.59 cm) and weighs less than 10 kg (22 lb. 0.74 oz). The average Power consumption is 90 W per panel. Both the C-series and B-series Crystal LED panels will be available in two different pixel depths:

  • Resolution of 480 x 270 points (pixel pitch of 1.26 mm).
  • Resolution of 384 x 216 points (pixel pitch 1.56 mm).

Price and availability

Crystal LED display system. Source: Sony

The Sony Crystal LED system should be available in summer 2021. Sony hasn't announced the pricing for the panels yet, but the company says it has reduced operating costs compared to previous models.

What do you think of the Sony Crystal LED system? Would you like to record studio scenes with a giant LED wall instead of a green screen? Let us know in the comments section below the article.

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