Virtual Space Maker LITE Editor – sources C and D (screens)
A layer representing signal sources – sources C and D (Screens). It can be placed anywhere and freely scaled. The layer represents a place in the studio where additional content can be displayed (video material, panels, etc.), i.e. virtual Screens.
The Screen layer can be scaled and moved.
The simplest set design may consist of three layers (the program operates on two-dimensional layers, placed one above the other). The first one is a background layer (Studio layer). You can place any image depicting an interior of a studio (it can be, for example, a photo) on this layer. The image will be scaled to fill an entire video frame (in the pre-defined resolution).
Subsequently, you should add layers representing signal sources – source A (Talent) and source C (Screen). Both can be placed anywhere in the studio and freely scaled. The first source represents a form of a presenter, while the second one – a place in the studio where additional content can be displayed
(video material, panels, etc.), i.e. a virtual Screen.
A Talent layer should be placed on the very top, so that the presenter would not be accidentally covered. Unless, of course, you want to achieve such effect intentionally, when the presenter is, for example, partly obscured by a desk. In such case, a layer with a desk object should be placed in front of the Talent layer.
The program, however, allows you to change the order of already added layers at any time.
The image below shows a set design created with the use of three layers. A photo is loaded to the studio layer.
At this point, the studio is ready to be used in LITE Production module. As you can see, Virtual Space Maker editor is a tool that is very easy to use and which allows you to create a new virtual studio set design with layers in just a few moments.
In addition, the studio can be completed with an object layer, where you can place any piece of interior design, e.g. a lamp. This layer can be placed wherever you want on the screen by moving and scaling it.In the image below, 3 hanging lamps have been added to the studio.
If you have a set created with two layers – e.g. Screen (source C) and presenter (Talent – source A), then the presenter will be moving against the background of what is currently being displayed on the Screen. If you choose a video with an image of a street filmed with a stationary camera to be displayed on the Screen, it will be a background for your presenter. With that, you can achieve an effect that the presenter is visible, for example, on a busy street in the middle of a city.
Such created composition can be now saved and so it becomes immediately available in the production module.
Naturally, along with RECKEEN LITE system, you get a package of ready-made set designs that can be used in a program broadcast. You can edit any of these set designs supplied in the package using Virtual Space Maker editor module.
In the case of ready-made sets, you have, among others, the following editing options:
- hiding / revealing selected layers – an easiest way to get a different version of the same studio is to, for example, hide a table behind which a presenter should sit in the studio, creating an open studio set design,
- inserting additional graphics, e.g. placing additional objects in the studio.
Due to the fact that a structure of ready-made sets can be very complex (multi-layered), it is easy to accidentally ‘break’ such composition, e.g. by removing one of the layers. To protect against this kind of error, the provided set design files are protected against modification. However, you can always save such set under a different name, marking a new file as unprotected, and then modify it as you like.
RECKEEN LITE system is delivered with a package of ready-made set designs, that is, virtual studio scenographies. In addition, the system includes a rich library of objects used in these sets. The objects are available as PNG files with a transparency layer. Each of these objects can be used also in other sets.
With the Virtual Space Maker editor, every user can create their own studio set design or make modifications to an existing one.
There is no difference between the set designs from LITE Production module perspective, regardless of how they were created. Note that some functions, such as assigning signals (media, camera, image) to the sources, only takes place in LITE Production module, not in the VSM editor.
In the VSM editor, a new studio consists of flat layers, previously prepared in, e.g. Photoshop, 3ds MAX or GIMP. No operations can be performed on the original set design (provided in the package), as its file is protected. To be able to modify it, you need to create a copy of the studio file, change its name and operate on a new file. However, for Reckeen LITE program, there is no difference between the previous studio and its modified copy.