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How To Create a Virtual Set using TriCaster's M/E's and DSK's

In our previous post, we outlined how to use the Mix/Effect channels in NewTek's TriCaster to key talent over a background image - basic two-layer work for creating background-only sets.  In this post we wanted to add the use of Down Stream Keys (DSK's) in to the mix to show how they can bring elements to these basic sets that enhance their utility.

What about using LiveSets?

Combined with Adobe's Photoshop, NewTek's Virtual Set Editor allows for the creation of very sophisticated sets built from layered images. It provides UV Mapping of video/image sources to allow for the creation of reflections, and to allow video layers to be cut up, distorted, and bent around objects in ways that can create a compelling illusion of real 3D space.  While the results can be impressive, creating these LiveSets can require time and planning, and can't be easily changed "on-the-fly" if elements need to be moved around or removed.  In addition, for many of the 'bread and butter' productions people typically produce, using simpler set designs can actually offer a more effective way of presenting material and delivering their message. 

In this tutorial, we'll show you how to create the kind of simple, layered set popular on many web-based productions - an "Infinite White" background with a side video inset:


This video starts by showing a version of this set that was created as a LiveSet, and then breaks it down to recreate it as composited layers using a Mix Effect channel and one of its associated Down Stream Keys:

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About the Author: John Mahoney

John Mahoney

John Mahoney is Founder and CEO of Gnural Net, focusing on the strategic vision and product roadmap for the company. John has over 25 years experience transforming emerging technologies into innovative solutions. He has been a founding member of multiple startups in the New York City area, including (sold to Reuters in 2002) and InfoNgen (sold to EPAM in 2011). John holds a BS degree from Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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