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Virtual Studio Sets : quick start guide

If you’re using After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut or similar video editing packages – here is a quick guide to setting up your virtual set using the PNG image layers from virtualstudiosets.com.

Note: Every studio set also comes with a Photoshop version for TriCaster VSE, plus pre-configured vMix folders. Everything is included!

This tutorial shows you how to get started using the individual layers that come with your studio. I’ve used the ‘mid’ angle from Studio 4 here – and you’ll see it up and running in under 3 minutes.

The layers come in PNG format – which means they are all original (lossless) quality, and compatible with pretty much every graphics and editing package out there (I’m using After Effects as an example).

Also – remember that TriCaster users can import the Photoshop version directly into NewTek’s Virtual Set Editor and make your changes there instead. Every studio comes with a Photoshop version PLUS all the various layers in PNG format as standard.

Either way, these sets are very easy to get up and running – but they also offer amazing customization options…

There’s a demo version of the studio in this tutorial, so you can try it out for yourself – you can download the demo angle from Studio 4 here.



Virtual Newsroom : quick start guide

Here is a quick guide to setting up your virtual newsroom (Studio 2) from virtualstudiosets.com.

This tutorial shows you how to get started using the individual layers that come with your studio. I’ve used the ‘mid’ angle from Studio 2 here – and you’ll see it up and running in under 3 minutes.

The layers come in PNG format – which means they are all original (lossless) quality, and compatible with pretty much every graphics and editing package out there (I’m using After Effects here as an example).

Every studio comes with a Photoshop version PLUS all the various layers in PNG format as standard. (TriCaster users can import the supplied Photoshop version directly into NewTek’s Virtual Set Editor).

There’s a demo version of the studio in this tutorial, so you can try it out for yourself – you can download the demo angle from Studio 2 here. The full version comes with moving newsroom movie files included. You can also buy the Newsroom movie files separately here


Studio 4 camera positions

Here is a little diagram showing the camera positions for Studio 4.

Heights are relative to the main (raised) floor section. The close-up cameras (‘mid’ and ‘guest’) are ‘cheated’ a bit to allow them to get closer to the talent. In reality, their positions would be limited by the steps.


Datavideo virtual sets (for TVS-1000, TVS-1200)

I’ve recently had a few enquiries asking if our virtual sets are compatible with Datavideo TVS-1000 or TVS-1200, so I thought I’d have a quick look myself, just to see how easy it is to get started and make your own TVS virtualset.

First, I installed Datavideo’s Virtual Set Maker software (which you can get as a free download from datavideo.com). According to their site, virtual sets designed by their Virtual Set Maker can only be used for TVS-1000/TVS-1200 V1.4.8755 or above. The software is easy to install and use – you simply add in each of your layers in turn and add your ‘live’ inputs to create your virtual studio.

virtual sets for datavideo tvs-1000 and tvs-1200

As far as I could tell, Datavideo virtual studio sets do NOT support the use of UV gradient layers to map images or inputs. The sets here at virtualstudiosets.com DO make use of UV gradients here and there to provide TriCaster users and vMix users with real-time reflections. There are also plugins for Adobe After Effects that can also map sources using UV gradients.

So – what does that mean for TVS-1000/1200 users? Well, all is not lost thankfully. When I built the virtual studios I tried to include as many useful options as possible. For example Studio 1 and 2 come with a desk with a transparent surface to alow the reflections to show through from behind. But I’ve also included a separate ‘opaque’ desktop layer which can be placed over the top to hide the reflections completely. Also, I’ve provided a separate background layer for the skyline which includes the reflection in the floor already built in.

In the example image above you can see the wide angle for Studio 1. I have used the ‘midground’ layer from the vMix version to get started. Behind that layer I have positioned the ‘screen’ input by corner-pinning the green rectangle behind the plasma screen surround. And for the background layer I have used the skyline version that has the reflection built in (it comes included in the ‘PNG layers’ folder).

I’ve placed the seated talent input behind the desk layer. And finally I’ve added the ‘opaque desktop’ layer just to hide the fact that the talent layer isn’t reflected in the desktop.

All in all the result is extremely close to how it would look for a TriCaster user, or in vMix, or in Final Cut, Premiere Pro, After Effects etc.

Anyway – this was a very quick test just to see what’s involved. If you are reading this, and have already been using our virtual studios with either a TVS-1000 or TVS-1200 I would be very interested to hear (and see!) how you’ve been getting on.


Using Virtual Studio Sets in Adobe After Effects

As well as building your virtual set using the included PNG layers, you can also import the Photoshop version directly into After Effects. When you import the .psd as a composition into After Effects you will find that all of the various camera angles appear as nested compositions, each with every layer in the correct order, and with further nested comps in place for all the relevant groups.

This tutorial shows you how to get started using the multi-angle version of Studio 4.

Every studio comes with a Photoshop version PLUS all the various layers in PNG format as standard.

Remember also that TriCaster users can import the supplied Photoshop version directly into NewTek’s Virtual Set Editor.


Studio 4 walkthrough

Studio 4 : Virtual Talk Show Set

Here is a quick video explaining some of the great features you’ll find in our new virtual talk show set Studio 4.

Studio 4 is a fully customisable virtual talk show set for chat shows, talk shows or any kind of discussion format. It comes with plenty of different camera angles including close-ups for presenter and three guest positions. A virtual desk is included, but you can also use this studio with green screen and a real desk.

The studio lighting is completely adjustable and you can change the colours to suit your own branding and colour schemes. There are live input layers for each of the screens on the walls, the cyclorama on the far right, and also for the view outside the windows.




How large should I make my talent..?

It is pretty crucial to get your talent framed correctly in ANY virtual studio – the viewer is smart enough to notice when something doesn’t look quite right, and getting your talent even slightly the wrong size can break the illusion very quickly.

framing talent in virtual studio 1

Studio 1

I thought it might be useful to attach here a couple of images showing the wide angle view of Studio 1 and Studio 2 with some guide silhouettes sitting around the desk.read more  


Changing colours in virtual sets

The trick to customizing all of my virtual studios is that the ‘feature’ colour will either appear on its own separate layer, or on a layer that is otherwise completely neutral. So it really is very simple to adjust only the main colour.

Have a look at the image below. It shows the ‘midground’ layer from Studio 2.

virtual set colour change
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Studio 2 layout

I thought it might be useful to add here a quick diagram showing Studio 2 to give an idea of where the virtual cameras are located, and which sections of the cyclorama (and screens) are visible in each shot.

The seven ‘drop-zones’ (cyclorama sections 1,2,3 & 4, and screens 1, 2 & 3) are numbered in the diagram 1-7.read more  


Studio 1 & Studio 2 desk dimensions

Here’s a little diagram showing the height and diameter of the circular desk in virtual Studio 1 and 2. This may be useful if you are building your own green-screen desktop to allow your talent to more realistically lean on, or interact with the virtual desk.

Also possibly worth pointing out that the virtual desk in Studios 1 and 2 sit on top of a riser, that raises it a further 15cm above floor level (zero). The virtual cameras are all positioned at heights between 118cm and 129cm above floor level.


Using PNG layers

Every virtual studio from virtualstudiosets.com includes a set of lossless PNG-24 layers that you can use in the graphics or editing package of your choice. This tutorial is a quick start guide to using the virtual studio set PNG layers.read more  


TriCaster Photoshop files

Every virtual studio from virtualstudiosets.com includes a Photoshop file ready for use with TriCaster VSE. This tutorial is very brief guide to the Photoshop document and the layers you’ll find within it.read more  


Making multi-angle sets

Every single-angle virtual studio from virtualstudiosets.com includes a Photoshop file ready for use with TriCaster VSE. If you decide to purchase a number of single-angle studios, it is very easy to combine them into a new Photoshop document, giving you all the camera angles you need in a single file.read more  


TriCaster live inputs

Some virtual studios from virtualstudiosets.com have the potential for more than 2 live sources. This tutorial is how to set up the Photoshop file ready for use with a 2 input device (i.e. any TriCaster except the 8000) as well as one modification to make in order to allow a TriCaster 8000 to correctly source 3 or more live inputs.read more