Since its launch in 2018, Brompton Technology’s Tessera SX40 has gained a reputation as the gold standard in LED processing. Its importance in film and TV production was recently recognised with an Engineering, Science & Technology Emmy Award from the Television Academy in Hollywood. The SX40 has been a key enabler of the revolution in using LED screens for virtual production and was used on pioneering television projects such as The Mandalorian from the start. The existence of LED processing that delivered high-quality, artefact-free visuals on camera was critical to establishing the viability of the technique and the SX40 became part of a winning recipe that has been replicated in virtual production studios worldwide on countless projects.
This year, Brompton introduced its new TrueLight technology which is transforming how LED lighting is used on set. It builds upon Brompton’s unique Dynamic Calibration technology and is fully backwards compatible with the SX40. On camera, skin tones can often appear oversaturated and shift towards red when lit by traditional RGB LED panels, but TrueLight offers a solution by providing control of panels that have extra emitters – allowing users to precisely customise the lighting spectrum to achieve accurate colour rendering. These controls are covered in an informative article on Lighting in Volume by Brompton CEO Richard Mead, which can be accessed on the TrueLight page.
Since those early days, Brompton has released multiple free software upgrades to further improve performance and optimise virtual production workflows. This has included its patented ShutterSync technology, which allows the refresh of the LED screen to be tuned to the preferred camera settings; Extended Bit Depth, which improves the dynamic range and particularly the low brightness performance; and 3D LUT import, for advanced colour control and grading. Together, these advances ensure the greatest possible flexibility for the creative team, whilst delivering the gold-standard for colour accuracy and on-camera visual performance.
The SX40 has long established itself as the gold standard for LED processing, setting that precedent from the start by ensuring that whatever looked good to the eye also had to look good on camera. In the words of Emmy Award-winning lighting designer, Peter Canning; “It’s all about getting the LED screen as close to reality as possible, which is where the Tessera SX40 is perfect. It is the one part of our pipeline which has never let us down.”
“It’s all about getting the LED screen as close to reality as possible, which is where the Tessera SX40 is perfect. It is the one part of our pipeline which has never let us down.”
Peter Canning, Emmy Award-winning lighting designer