Screen Industries Research and Training (SIRT) Centre

Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Toronto, Ontario
What the facility does

Applied research, training and consulting involving digital cinema, virtual production, mixed reality, intelligent virtual humans

Areas of expertise

Sheridan College’s SIRT Centre is proud to support innovation in Ontario’s film, television and interactive media cluster through applied research, access to cutting-edge technology and a 10,000 sq. ft. innovation centre located at Pinewood Toronto Studios. This Canadian Technology Access Centre (TAC) acts as an industry/academic collaboration hub dedicated to the development and adoption of new technologies, processes and skills. SIRT’s work in Virtual Production, Mixed Reality and Intelligent Virtual Humans is at the forefront of immersive media and highlights the evolution of storytelling for the next generation of content creators. 

Research services

Applied research, specialized training and technology consulting, testing, prototype development, virtual production, performance capture stereoscopic 3D high frame rate cinema

Sectors of application
  • Arts and cultural industries
  • Education
  • Healthcare and social services
  • Information and communication technologies and media
  • Management and business related services




Motion capture system, 360° cameras, LIDAR camera

Virtual production research for film, television and game sectors, photogrammetry and 3D scanning

Various VR/AR systems including Vive Pro, Microsoft Hololens, Oculus Rift, VRX Motion Chair

VR/AR application development, and immersive content development

True Audio Next, immersive audio equipment including Sennheiser AMBEO VR Mic, Supbac

Real-time acoustics simulation, haptic feedback

Various specialized computers including AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1950X 16-Core Processor

Programming, software architecture, software integration

ASRock X399 Fatal1ty Professional Gaming Motherboard

Programming, software architecture, software integration

Dual RadeonPro WX9100 Graphics Cards

Programming, software architecture, software integration

Maya, 3DS Max, Zbrush, Houdini, Faceware


Character creation/design, rigging & skinning, animation, retargeting, rendering, hair and cloth simulation

Sony F65 8K CineAlta, ARRI Alexa, 2D/3D stereoscopic equipment, Christie 4K projector

2D/3D digital cinema production research

Esper Virtual Human capture setup, including lighting solution for 3D face scanning and 72 Canon cameras

Virtual Production research for film, television and game sectors, photogrammetry and 3D scanning, character creation and design

  • AMD
  • Deluxe
  • Take 5 Productions
  • Secret Location
  • Technicolor
  • SideFX
  • Samsung
  • BlackMagic Designs
  • SpinVFX
  • SIM
  • York University
  • University of Waterloo
  • Subpac
  • Sticky Brain
  • Seed Interactive
  • Post office sound
  • Quantum Capture
  • Legend 3D
  • Grayson Mathews
  • Dark Slope
  • Blackout Media
  • Pixomondo
  • The National Ballet of Canada
  • Canadian Opera Company



Virtual Production Innovation Hub
Virtual Production Innovation Hub Launch Event

Sheridan’s SIRT receives Epic MegaGrant

SIRT Releases Monogram Creative Console Integrations on Unreal Engine Marketplace

SirtNet commercialization announcement

SIRT gets real with innovative animation 

Navigating motion capture in Furious Seas

Sheridan co-op students showcase innovation at SIRT for new President

Virtual Production: The future of filmmaking

Sheridan receives major federal investment to advance computer-generated characters for private industry and social innovation

Virtual Production Innovation Hub
Virtual Production Innovation Hub Launch Event