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VirTra launches new 3D training system

7th November 2022 - 16:00 GMT | by Norbert Neumann in London


The V3 incorporates a full 360-degree, tier-one green screen to create training content with the lowest potential for manual editing. (Photo: UK MoD/Crown Copyright)

The new VirTra Volumetric Video training system captures and replicates human behaviour that soldiers can use for decision-making, human interactions and de-escalation training.

Force and firearm training simulator provider VirTra has introduced its new system, VirTra Volumetric Video (V3).

V3, launched at the end of October, combines high-definition video and 3D characters with the ability to affordably build a library of training content suitable for screen- or headset-based platforms.

It can be used to create characters inside current weapons training simulators or synthetic environments. The system supports training of various skills, including decision-making, human interactions and de-escalation.

Miranda Fuller, VirTra's VP of marketing, told Shephard: ‘V3 is a dynamic new method that we use to capture humans and maintain the organic feel associated with 4K video, but with the advantages of both video and 3D.’

She said the product ‘bypasses the dangers and limitations found with traditional CGI that create the problematic "Uncanny Valley" effect.’

The V3 studio is almost 12m in diameter and can record multiple people interacting with each other simultaneously. The layers of wall material are padded with 76 sound-proof, acoustic tiles.

This is combined with custom quadruple sound-dampened air conditioning ducts to create a clean audio profile for a volumetric video capture studio.

The V3 incorporates a full 360-degree, tier-one green screen to create training content with the lowest potential for any manual editing. VirTra says approximately 90% of all costs of the system had been paid through the end of the Q2 of 2022.

‘V3 has unprecedented power in replicating the subtle aspects that convey human behaviour to include nervousness, fear, anger and so on,’ Fuller explained. ‘This is critical in environments where the rules of engagement are very restrictive, or friendlies are mixed socially with combatants.’

Fuller claimed the V3 ‘matches or exceeds’ the definition of 4K projectors, but ‘characters can be adjusted for level of detail and are photorealistic at 40,000 or fewer polygons.’

Norbert Neumann


Norbert Neumann

Norbert is the Aviation, Military Training & Simulation reporter at Shephard Media. Before joining Shephard in …

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