Using PNG layers

Every virtual studio from 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.

NOTE: Studio 1 has been updated a few times since this was made. The most significant changes are listed below the video.

Some of the changes to Studio 1 are as follows:

The main difference is that the desk and (single) plasma screen are no longer built into the background and midground layers. The desk is separate, and there are now two plasma screens that can be turned on or off independently – consequently there are more layers to play with now :)

The angles are now very slightly different to the original version shown here. Instead of ‘extra wide’ and ‘wide’ we now have ‘wide’ and ‘mid’. And because the plasmas are now included as options with every angle the wide angle is now called ‘wide‘ and not ‘wide with plasma‘.

My naming convention now puts the ‘VSS1’ and angle tags at the end of the filename. So, for example VSS1-wp-layer-background.png is now background-VSS1-w.png

The example background skyline and its reflection (in the riser) are now one single image for easier placement, with a separate reflection for the desktop.

I don’t include a guide framing image any more since it only really made sense with a single centred presenter (you may want to frame or place your talent differently).

The PNG layers now include every single layer from the TriCaster Photoshop file (with black and white mattes in place of all the live UV gradient images so you can easily match the position of your own content images).