Japanese electronics company Sony has revealed two modular Crystal LED displays suitable for a number of professional applications, including showrooms, lobbies and film productions. The first display, the C-series, focuses on high contrast imaging while the second, the B-series focuses on high brightness.
As their modular design implies, the displays can be combined and reconfigured to scale up according to their application. This is particularly important in the film industry as the coronavirus pandemic has pushed a number of productions towards the utilization of soundstages and other interior set locations.
Solutions such as the aforementioned Crystal LED displays allow studios to create virtual sets as the backdrop can be made to resemble a real exterior location. This method of filming a series or film has already been used over the past year, more notably on Netflix’s The Midnight Sky and Disney’s Star Wars spinoff series The Mandalorian.
Both displays are fitted with a high-end image quality processor called the ‘X1 for Crustal Led’. This allows the displays to use the same LED control technology first used in Sony’s BRAVIA TV series and other Crystal LED displays. Sony has stated that it has taken the lead from state-of-the-art master monitors used in the industry so that they can replicate the same ultra realistic large-scale imagery that enables visual fidelity to stay unwarped at various distances.
“Sony has been creating unforgettable images and engaging experiences that empower and stimulate creators’ curiosity for over 60 years,” said Sony Pro Division President Theresa Alesso.
“As we continually strive to get closer to our customers and solve their challenges, we’ve implemented the features and benefits that they value most in a direct view microLED display. The ease of installation, accessibility, flexibility and a lower total cost of ownership can further expand spatial expression– all with the outstanding picture quality proven by the original Crystal LED,” Alesso added.
Although Sony have not revealed the pricing for the C-series or B-series as of yet but a similar product released in 2019 hints at the possible pricing. That year’s Crystal LED modular display could be expanded to form a display up to 19.2 metres in width.
Sony charges by each display module used to form the total product with each modulus reportedly costing around $10,000. This means that a 4K equivalent could cost around $720,000 dollars while the biggest size available, the 16K configuration, could cost an enormous $5.8 million. While these prices are prohibitively expensive for consumers, film studios could see them as a price worth paying for reduced costs when avoiding exterior location filming.