April 7, 2016
We’ve added vMix compatibility to all Studio 1 products.
Because vMix is limited to using a maximum of five layers within a virtual set, I’ve had to do some clever stuff to keep all of the various layers ‘dynamic’ and still get everything correctly reflected in the desktop. The background layer is a UV gradient that maps the skyline behind the windows, and the reflection in the desktop. You do get an example skyline included, but you can easily replace this layer with your own input source (e.g. your own location image/live camera/looping movie). The desk is the foreground layer, and usually all the other parts of the set have been merged into a single ‘midground’ layer. This leaves the remaining 2 layers for the ‘talent’ input and the ‘screens’ input/s.
So generally speaking, you find the following layers in each set (starting with the background):
1. Skyline UV (dynamic)
2. Screen/s UV (dynamic)
3. Midground layer
4. Talent UV (dynamic)
In order to keep the two plasma monitors independently removable (as they are in the TriCaster version) you will find there are now up to four different vMix versions for each angle – for example, the ‘left’ angle comes with two versions ‘VSS1-left-noScreen’ and ‘VSS1-left-withScreen’. The wide angles each have four versions (left screen, right screen, both screens, no screens). Each version is in its own folder containing its own config.xml file and all the relevant image and UVmap layers.
By default, the config.xml file is set up with the desk visible, and an alternative config.xml file is supplied which removes the desk (and the reflections).
To get a set into vMix you need to copy the relevant studio set folder and its contents into the directory on your vMix machine where vMix stores its sets, so it can be found alongside all the supplied vMix sets (CircularStudio, LateNightNews etc).
That might be somewhere like C: > Program Files (x86) > vMix > VirtualSets
It’s important to make sure that the actual folder you are copying is one that has a config.xml file directly within it, and not any of the containing folders above.
Then, from inside vMix click bottom left ‘Add Input’ – then ‘Virtual Set’ near the bottom of the list – you should see the new set thumbnail appear…. click the thumbnail to load the set…
Alternatively – you can save the folder somewhere else on your vMix machine – then when you ‘Add Input’ > ‘Virtual Set’ click “Browse” (top right of the pop up window) and then navigate to wherever you have saved the new folder.
As usual, these sets are available with the artwork at two different sizes – HD (1920×1080) and 4K (Ultra HD, 3840×2160).
Because the number of separate layers has been greatly reduced – you may find these are also MUCH easier and quicker to get up and running in non-linear editors like Premiere pro or Final Cut. Also, the format of the new UV gradients makes them compatible with After Effects plug-ins like RE:Vision RE:map and ft-UVPass.
Don’t forget – these new vMix versions come included with all Studio 1 products as additional extras at no extra cost. You still get the Photoshop version (which also works beautifully with NewTek’s Virtual Set Editor), plus every single layer from the Photoshop file as a separate PNG image.
Existing Studio 1 customers can download the new files for free using their original download link.