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Place Actors panel

The "Place Actors" panel gives you quick drag-and-drop access to content in the engine. Broadcast-specific Actors can be found under the "Pixotope" header.

List of actors (alphabetical)

BPE Compositing Mesh

An actor which mimics the person found in the image using NVIDIA’s Body Pose Estimation.

Learn more about the BPE Compositing Mesh

BPE & Plane

Convenience actor which creates a

  • BPE Compositing Mesh

  • VS Internal Compositing Plane as the child of the BPE Compositing Mesh following it in position and scale

Learn more about how to Set up Body Pose Estimation (BPE)

Camera Root

An actor (typically spawned automatically) that defines the 0,0,0 point in relation to camera tracking. Typically Camera Root should be positioned to represent the root of your physical studio setup. However, its position can also be changed dynamically to move the talent between different spots in the virtual environment.

Calibration Cone

A 3D object useful for calibrating the alignment between a virtual and a real point on the surface.

Calibration Cube Hollow

A 3D object useful for calibrating the dimensions between the virtual and the real space.

Capture/Reflection Compositing Plane

A VS Internal Compositing Plane that is only visible in planar reflections.

Custom Compositing Mesh

Unlike the VS Internal Compositing Plane does this actor allow the usage of dynamic meshes to display an input feed. Additionally it allows to set custom components for

  • Depth and Stencil - mandatory

  • Feathering - mandatory

  • Scene Capture

  • Ray Traced Reflections

  • Shadow Catcher

Due to the handling of dynamic meshes/actors, you need to create duplicates of your mesh/actor for each field.

For static meshes use a VS Internal Compositing Plane and change the Master mesh.

Assigning of components can also be done via blueprint.

Garbage Matte Plane (VS)

A surface used to

  • block out video

  • output a custom alpha mask for the external compositing mode in Pixotope

The Garbage Matte Plane does not work with Cast shadow on VS or Light up VS plane enabled. Learn how to Mask out video

Material Handler

An automatically generated actor that keeps video pre-processing materials. Advanced users could replace the standard pre-compositing pipeline with their own.

Media Input

Plane with a Media Input Component used for virtual monitors.

Pixotope Animated Text Mesh

A dynamically generated 3D text mesh with a variety of pre-programmed animations.

Pixotope Widget Renderer

Allows rendering of Unreal’s Widget Components onto the video output.

Learn more about Unreal’s Widget Components

Post Process Handler

Ray Traced Compositing Plane

A VS Internal Compositing Plane that is only visible in ray-traced reflections.

Tracked Object Actor

An actor that can be set up to follow a remote object tracking source; you can parent other actors to it or inherit it in your own Blueprints.

URL Image Actor

An actor that can be used to preload images from a URL and display them in 3D space.

Learn more about the URL Image Actor

Virtual Camera

A virtual studio camera not tracking an external camera; used for creating virtual studio shots independent of the limitations of the physical space, yet still with the talent composited into the 3D space.

Learn more about how to Set up a virtual camera move

VS Internal Compositing Plane

A surface displaying chroma-keyed input camera feed and compositing it into the 3D space of the virtual studio.

Learn more about Compositing Planes

XR Wall

A representation of the physical display screen to be used as an XR wall or "virtual window".

Learn more about XR Walls

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