Using the Virtual Set Pack with NewTek's VT5

1) Nomenclature
2) Putting and angle together
3) Using the B Source to put video in TVs.

1) Nomenclature
Each folder in the Virtual Set Pack contains all the files for that particular set. You can navigate to a particular folder using the Filebin or Windows Explorer. Once the folder is opened the first file should be StudioXX_VT5_NTSC_0001.tga (Fig1). This is the base file for use on the first track in VTEdit. Each subsequent file 0002.tga, 0003.tga and so on are different angles of the same set. There's also a Mattes folder, this folder contains mattes of the foreground for each angle of the set and special DVEs to scale video into the TVs and screens in the set. These correspond by angle number, for example the desk for StudioXX_NLE_NTSC_0003.tga is in the Mattes folder and is called StudioXX_NLE_NTSC_FG_0003.tga. The DVE for putting video into the TVs for this angle would be StudioXX_NLE_NTSC_DVE_0003.dve. Replace XX with whatever studio number you are using (in this case 31). NTSC can also be replaced with PAL.

2) Putting an angle together
Start with a fresh project in VTEdit. Drag your base background in (ie Studio31_VT5_NTSC_0001.tga) to the top track in the timeline, stretch this out to the amount of time you want the angle to last for (ie 5 seconds). Next drag in your unkeyed talent and place it right below the background virtual set angle. Next get the foreground out of the mattes bin, if you used angle 1 for the background make sure you get FG_0001.tga for the foreground. You should now have your three clips all in a verticle column on the timeline.
Now lets do the settings that will turn this into a virtual set. Select the bottom clip which should be your foreground by clicking on it, at the bottom of the editor check the Overlay button, this will turn on it's embedded alpha channel and reveal your chromakey footage underneath. Select the chromakey footage by clicking on it and turn on overlay. Then go into the Control Tree and turn on chromakey and set the chromakey color to that of the background, make any other adjustments to the key settings to get a good key. Also you may want to adjust the size and position settings to make the talent fit correctly into the set (Fig2). Your finished timeline layers should look like Fig(3).

3) Using the DVEs to put video into windows.
Start with a fresh project in VTEdit. Using the DVEs for the TV windows can be a bit tricky and confusing, but very powerful and a lot easier than manually placing video into the windows using the DVE. Get the background footage and place it in the first row and your unkeyed talent on the second row. Key your talent using the chromakeyer and turn on the overlay to reveal the footage behind your talent. Now get the DVE that corresponds to the angle you want to use, it is both background and effect. Drag the DVE onto the background footage, if possible have the footage extend to either side of the effect as in Fig4. Otherwise the DVE might try to do something else with the footage than put it in the window because it's trying to act like a transition. But if you get it right your background footage will just snap right into your TV or screen in the set.