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Super Power Tip #67

Make your talent appear to interact with your scene.

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You can use a layer-capable image editing program like Photoshop to make your on-screen stars appear to interact with the environment, as though they were really at the location. For example, imagine you made a panorama of a kitchen, and now you want someone to appear behind the countertop in the scene.

Take the kitchen panoramic image into Photoshop, and add an empty layer on top of the image. On the empty layer in the foreground, draw a matte outline of the counter element that’s in the background. Fill in the outline with solid color. That new layer is now a matte element for the counter.

After exporting the layer from Photoshop, add your new matte element to the set in Virtual Set Editor. Then place the talent placeholder layer behind the matte layer. The talent can move at will, and with the proper composition, can appear to be working with items on the countertop.

Super Power Tip #112

Take command of your virtual cameras.

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“Shot preset” is the term for a virtual camera setup, including its framing within a virtual set, its starting point and end target for a zoom or a pan, and the duration of these actions. TriCaster interpolates the motion from point to point as if there were a camera operator in studio the taking cues from the director.

Instead of adding a camera operator, all the tools you need to adjust shot presets are accessible directly in the TriCaster interface. Just open the LiveSet Preset Editor for the virtual set you wish to modify. Select the shot preset you wish to change (out of the eight available) and use the editing tools to make your desired modifications. When you select any of these during production, your cameras will frame, pan, and zoom exactly to your settings.

Super Power Tip #115

Change your shot setup, live.

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Even though you’ve established presets to frame your virtual LiveSet camera—as well as determine its starting and ending pan or zoom points—you can still adjust the shot during a show if you need to.

Open LiveSet Preset Editor in TriCaster and enter Preview mode. Select the shot you want to modify, then click and drag your cursor within the scene—for instance, dragging it laterally across the set—and the camera shot will follow your actions in the LiveSet preview. Rehearse this a few times before going live so you can adjust your virtual cameras smoothly.

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TriCaster gives you 3 ways to start using virtual sets in your production right away.

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  1. Depending on the model, the system is pre-loaded with anywhere from 17 to 25 virtual sets.
  2. Several 3rd party partners in our developer network create stock or custom virtual sets for TriCaster.
  3. You can make your own with a 3D modeling program or graphics compositing application and NewTek Virtual Set Editor.

Once you have the set you want, use the LiveSet Shot Editor (included with TriCaster pro line models) to customize it. Prepare the set to frame your different camera angles, and set up your shot presets to control where virtual pans and zooms will start and finish.

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TriCaster gives you 3 ways to start using virtual sets in your production right away.

Expand to Read More >>
  1. Depending on the model, the system is pre-loaded with anywhere from 17 to 25 virtual sets.
  2. Several 3rd party partners in our developer network create stock or custom virtual sets for TriCaster.
  3. You can make your own with a 3D modeling program or graphics compositing application and NewTek Virtual Set Editor.

Once you have the set you want, use the LiveSet Shot Editor (included with TriCaster pro line models) to customize it. Prepare the set to frame your different camera angles, and set up your shot presets to control where virtual pans and zooms will start and finish.