The Microsoft and Lucasfilm veteran will oversee company offerings, including its HoloSuite tools and new Mixed Reality Capture System.
Arcturus, a leader in volumetric video technology, has appointed former Microsoft and Lucasfilm industry veteran Steve Sullivan to the role of chief product officer (CPO). Sullivan will be responsible for overseeing the company’s offerings, including its capture-to-distribution solution for the creation of volumetric video, featuring the award-winning HoloSuite tools and new Mixed Reality Capture System (MRCS) originally developed by Microsoft.
In his new role, Sullivan will help shape the trajectory of volumetric video, ranging from virtual production to e-commerce to live broadcasts. He will accelerate the company’s plans to increase accessibility of volumetric video through increased focus on R&D — including the use of AI to improve quality and reduce the number of cameras needed to capture volumetric performances - in addition to the creation of new tools and techniques to expand the scope of volumetric video.
“Joining the team at Arcturus feels like a natural fit,” noted Sullivan. “We’ve both dedicated years to the advancement of volumetric video, and together we can unite the best capture, creation and consumption solutions in ways that will immediately benefit current and future partners. Creators have been clear about their needs, and Arcturus remains committed to innovating alongside them, making volumetric video more accessible, affordable, and practical.”
Sullivan will manage the transition of the MRCS technology from Microsoft to Arcturus, including creating a new pipeline that combines advanced capture technology with Arcturus’ editing and distribution software. He will also oversee the ongoing development of HoloEdit and HoloStream, ensuring that the editing and distribution tools remain hardware agnostic, available to all capture solutions.
Sullivan’s appointment comes as Arcturus’ influence has increased within the volumetric video market, building on a successful Series A funding round in 2022. In August, the company announced its deal with Microsoft to become the sole MRCS license provider and take over its business and development. Along with providing support for some of the world’s largest capture studios, Arcturus now has access to top capture solutions available everywhere.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Steve aboard,” commented Arcturus CEO Kamal Mistry. “He’s shown an impressive track record of bringing projects from research through to production, and he’s been a prominent leader pioneering volumetric video. His vision for capture and post-production solutions will open up volumetric video to countless potential users and having him on the team helps to further solidify Arcturus as a leader in volumetric video.”