Virtual hosts, virtual idols, smart anchors, etc. are gradually approaching us.

Last weekend's Douyin Wonderful Night Party, the virtual idol group A-SOUL took the stage and performed the Chinese style song "Chi Ling" with the cyber singer Zhu Jingxi.

In mid-October, Beijing TV released the digital person "Time Xiaoni" focusing on user service functions.

  In the foreseeable future, virtual people will increasingly compete with real people.

  Virtual idol A-SOUL

  Run-in for a 3-minute show for more than a month

  In Douyin's Wonderful Night, 5 members of A-SOUL performed at the same time. There were songs and dance performances in the form of the program. Even a single mistake would greatly reduce the stage effect.

  The director team introduced that in order to make the performance come to life, they used a total of only two AR (Augmented Reality) devices on the domestic market, and used a tracking camera with a 46x telephoto in the show.

During the performance, the live audience could only see Zhu Jingxi performing on the stage, while in the Douyin live studio, the five A-SOUL perform together "lifelike" behind Zhu Jingxi.

Zhu Jingxi, who had watched the rehearsal in advance, called out, "This technique is so cool." Netizen Xiao Ai told the Beijing Youth Daily reporter: "I like them for so long. I finally saw them perform on the big stage. I was very excited."

  Although the virtual idol group A-SOUL and Zhu Jingxi’s collaboration on the stage "Chi Ling" only lasted about 3 minutes, multiple teams behind it worked together for more than a month.

"Applying AR technology to the stage is a brand-new attempt for A-SOUL. Especially this time the stage is composed of many different-shaped and different-sized screens, which is not a small problem." The director group Frankly.

  "Time Xiaoni"

  Live digital broadcast news

  At the Provincial Broadcasting Innovation Operation Summit of the 2nd China Broadcasting and Television Media Convergence Development Conference held on October 13, Beijing Radio and Television Station released China's first broadcast-level intelligent interaction-the real digital person "Time Xiaoni".

At the conference site, "Time Xiaoni" on the screen appeared at the same time as the host of Beijing Radio and Television Station Chunni.

  Unlike the previous digital people who mostly concentrated in the field of anchors, "Time Xiaoni" focuses on user service functions and provides considerate services to users in the form of artificial intelligence and contextual dialogue.

  Pan Quanxin, director of the Media Center of Beijing Radio and Television, introduced: “At present, 7000 sentences and facial expressions that Chunni read naturally have been collected and intelligently processed. Through the emotion simulation engine, the emotion simulation engine of "Time Xiaoni" has been given a real-life emotional expression. Its similarity reached 97%. After docking with the Beijing Time client manuscript system, knowledge system, interactive system, and big data system, "Time Xiaoni" will be able to broadcast news, explain knowledge, endorsements, and interactive Q&A in the Beijing Time APP. , Customer service and other functions."

  AI anchor

  5 million words can be read every day

  The intelligent voice AI anchor independently developed by Chinese Online Digital Publishing Group will be unveiled at the 10th China Digital Publishing Expo on October 27.

With this technology, 5 million words can be recorded every day, which is equivalent to five 120 copies of "Dream of Red Mansions".

  Ms. Xu from the Chinese Online Brand Department told the Beijing Youth Daily that Chinese online AI anchors can produce more than 5 million characters per day on a stand-alone basis. The production efficiency is much higher than that of manual anchors. The recording cost can be saved by more than 90% and the recording quality can be maintained at a uniform standard.

In addition, the AI ​​anchor technology of Chinese Online also supports dual-casting, multicasting, and English-language anchors, which can meet the needs of more diversified audio content.

  Background link

  On October 20th, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television issued the "14th Five-Year Plan for Scientific and Technological Development of Radio, Television and Network Audio-Visual."

Among them, it mentioned: promoting virtual anchors and animation sign language to be widely used in the production of news broadcasts, weather forecasts, variety shows, science and education, etc., innovating program forms, and improving production and broadcasting efficiency and intelligence.

  Text/Reporter Wang Lei, Zu Weiwei, Zhang Enjie