TriCaster VT[5] Tips and Tricks Software

How can I animate a gleam across text in VT[4]?

When you need a specular shine or gleam to travel across your text, this can be done in Aura:- Make a white vertical bar with soft edges on either side.- Pick this up as a brush and keyframe it across your text layer, using Lighten mode.


Create looping DVDs in DVD workshop

  1. Create a standard blank menu. Change the blue default color to black.
  2. Drag a button onto the menu.
  3. Drag your video clip onto the button.
  4. Set Menu time-out to 5 seconds (or whatever) 1 second works.
  5. Go to “display” settings in the button menu. Adjust transparency to 99%. It won’t go to 100% but is still invisible.
  6. Select “Invisible” in button attributes
  7. Create disk.

You now have a disc that seamlessly loops forever, without a flicker.


How can I improve my lighting techniques in the field?

If you are interested in learning about lighting technique, a few resources come to mind:

  • Painting With Light by John Alton (a brilliant cinematographer)
  • Film Lighting by Kris Malkiewicz
  • Masters Of Light by Dennis Schaefer and Larry Salvato
  • Visions Of Light (a documentary on cinematography) which is available on DVD.

Then there are several movies:

  • Young Frankenstein (not only one of the funniest movies ever made but also one of the most beautifully shot)
  • Out Of Sight (amazing rim lighting and the use of color to differentiate story lines)
  • In The Mouth Of Madness (a John Carpenter film). Check out the DVD commentary as he and his DP talk about lighting the whole way through—you will learn a LOT.
  • American Beauty has an incredible dialogue on the commentary track about frequent night-for-day lighting to maximize use of the production day.

What resolution does the NewTek 25 codec support?

NT25 supports all resolutions, from 1x1 to 32768x32768 pixels!


Is there a way to save my VT[4] preferences before I upgrade?

Yes. If you make a backup of the file in VT4 > Skins > Preferences that is named for your computer login, you can copy that back in after a re-install. The file is Preferences for username.script. It’s important to use this with care, as preferences can change (as they did from version 4 to 4.5) and an older file may not work properly in those circumstances.


When I went to go check my preferences, instead of being grouped, they're scrambled.

For some reason, the preferences display script file has become corrupted. Navigate to VT4 > Skins > Preferences > Preferences for toaster (Build xxxx).script and change the file extension from .script to .old. Now, re-launch VT[4], and not seeing the file, VT[4] will regenerate a new version.


Can I re-organize my Toolshed presents?

Thanks to Jim Cunningham for sharing this:

Here is a way to get your toolshed to reorganize your presets alphabetically instead of by creation date.

  • Close VT.
  • Navigate to your user tool shed directory.
  • Rename them all with common descriptive words in front ie.Audio_Slow Fade 40 framesAudio_-6 dbColor_Fade to BW 10 framesColor_ALL BWPIP_Right CornerPIP_CenterLayer Settings_LOWLayer Settings_High and ISSMove_Drop front 15 frames Promo Oct 05Move_Spin In 6_25_04Crop_DVD safe areaetc.
  • Now remove them from that directory and store them somewhere else.
  • Reopen VT, toolshed should be empty.
  • Close VT.
  • Move presets back to their original directory.
  • Reopen VT.
  • Presets are now arranged alphabetically.

This at least keeps them grouped alphabetically, and according to their basic functions!


How do I maximize performance on my new XP install for video editing?

  • Go to Control Panel, and double click the System Icon.
  • Click on Advanced, then under Performance, click Settings.
  • Pick the Visual Effects tab, and select 'Adjust for best performance'.
  • Click Apply

A lot of nonsense like fading windows, etc., goes away and will make your system much more responsive for its intended purpose: editing video.


How do I get DVD workshop to re-encode the audio, but not touch the video?

First you need to change the project templates.

  • Click on "Global Settings" (looks like a hammer and wrench), select "disc template manager".
  • Change the existing templates (no point in creating a new one, AC3 should have been the default for all).
  • Go to the audio tab and near the bottom you can select Dolby Digital for the audio type and 192 for the bit rate.
  • When creating a project, you add the audio file in the small window at the top left. After doing this, make sure to check the box that says "convert to disc template". Make sure you DON'T check this box for the video.

Is there a way to export QuickTime from Final Cut to AVI for use in VT[4]?

Yes. Some customers noted that clips exported from FCP would stutter on playback in VT[4], and have found success with the following:

  • Go to http://www.squared5.com/
  • Download MPEG Streamclip for Mac OSX (its free)
  • Export the .mov files from FCP
  • Convert the .mov files with MPEG Streamclip to AVI.
  • Use this compression: Apple DV, Sound Uncompressed Stereo(or mono) 48 kHz, Don´t check Interlaced scaling.

This program does a good job and works pretty fast and you also can Batch numerous files in one job.


Arrange your Toolshed macros by function, instead of by date created

Thanks to Jim Cunningham for this tip:

How to organize your toolshed presets alphabetically:

  • Close ToolShed from within VT.
  • Navigate to your user tool shed directory (in the VT4User DataSpline Presets folder).
  • Rename them all with common descriptive words in front. Such as: Audio_Slow Fade 40 framesAudio_-6 dbColor_Fade to BW 10 framesColor_ALL BWPIP_Right CornerPIP_CenterLayer Settings_LOWLayer Settings_High and ISSMove_Drop front 15 frames Promo Oct 05Move_Spin In 6_25_04Crop_DVD safe area, etc.
  • Now, remove them from that directory and store them somewhere else temporarily.Reopen toolshed which should now be empty.
  • Close toolshed.
  • Move presets back to their original directory.
  • Reopen toolshed.
  • Presets are now arranged alphabetically.

This at least keeps them grouped alphabetically, and according to their basic functions!


When I try to record the preview channel on the Capture Panel the input goes black when I hit record.

You will have to change the preference for "Minimize PCI usage while recording". The default is set to "Enabled (place black on unused input)". Change this to "Disabled" and the input will no longer go black.

You will find this under the section for Recording.


How can I get VT to detect my deck(s)?

First, check your connection from the deck to the BOB, make sure it's connected to the RS-422 port on the BOB, or a firewire port.

Launch VT, open up deck control and select Add new deck under the source option, and select the connection type. You should see your deck on the list.

Once it is selected you are all set. If you don't see your deck on the list than you can try to force VT to detect it from the command line.

  1. Open a the command prompt
  2. Navigate to the path where DeckControlExtensionsToast is located (e.g. C:\VT3\Plugins\VT)
  3. In that directory type: regsvr32.exe
    DeckControlExtensions.ToastIt should say that it registered it successfully.
  4. Now open VT.

Can I run multiple CGs live?

You can run multiple Character Generators, but only one can be on-air in the DSK at once. KLTV-TV routinely does sports with two or three CG modules running and cycles between them in the DSK. They also have added ToasterScript commands to allow the director to take to a preview source and switch the DSK at the same time. That offers the option to be on a camera with a scoreboard and then take to another camera with a player stats lower third, but without the scoreboard.