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Mastering Virtual Sets Part 2: Customizing Sets in Virtual Set Editor

August 28, 2019 by Don Ballance, video; Chuck Baker, text

In Part 1 of this series, NewTek’s Don Ballance provided a introduction to the many capabilities of Virtual Set Editor, Standard and Advanced Editions, and to using NewTek’s unique and powerful LiveSet virtual set technology in TriCaster®.

In Part 2, he gives us a more in-depth look at:

  • How to use VSE to customize the sets provided in the VSE content package
  • How to create entirely new virtual sets using imported PSD files
  • How to use lens flares in Advanced Edition VSE to boost the realism of the environment

Don demonstrates using Advanced Edition software on the TriCaster 8000.

What we step through in Part 2:

  • How to customize VSE Sets
    • Load the stock Primetime set provided in the VSE content
    • Mouse over the set listing at left
    • Deactivate and reactivate elements using the toggle
    • Turn off the desk and monitors
    • Resize Layer A so the talent appears to be standing on stage
    • Re-add Right Monitor
    • Use the Positioner controls: Right-click to zoom into set, left-click to drag position of the set in the front camera view
    • Reposition the talent to match the new view
    • How to put live or pre-recorded video into the set’s window (allows Input A-D, up to 4, if your TriCaster has 4 or more inputs) to tie your virtual set into the venue and event; this is another example of how NewTek’s LiveSet technology lets you add layers of compositing without using your Keyers, so you can still apply them at live production time
    • Shows color modification of the graphic elements of the set (wall for example)
  • How to use the multi-layer set templates as a source for new sets
    • Load the 12 Layer Set.
    • How to select, remove and replace elements
    • Input A is used in A1 and A2 Layers - allowing that talent to be behind the desk or in front of the desk. Layer combinations such as these can be used to allow talent to move around a virtual element in the set.
  • Loads and shows PSD file for VS project.
    • Note that a naming convention is required for the PSD. If you use the proper naming convention (covered in the Virtual Set Editor User Guide) you can create entirely new sets with PSD files
    • All Layers in PSD file should be rasterized
    • Images must be RGB color mode rather than CMYK
  • How to use lens flares
    • Open the library of flares
    • Select a flare that fits a lighting element of your virtual set
    • Position the flare to match into the scene lighting

Previous: Mastering Virtual Sets Part 1: Introduction to Virtual Set Editor

Next: [Mastering Virtual Sets Part 3: Creating and Using Holographic LiveSets] (link coming soon)

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Customizing a LiveSet in Virtual Set Editor


Changing the color of an element of a LiveSet in Virtual Set Editor


One Input can be used in multiple layers in a LiveSet in Virtual Set Editor


Lens flares are available in virtual sets in TriCaster Advance Edition Virtual Set Editor.

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