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Set up a VS level

Check out the following examples:

For functionality specific to the Unreal Editor and some in-depth knowledge, check out

Academy Tutorial - Introduction to Virtual Studios

This tutorial showcases an older version of Pixotope.

  • Learn how to create Virtual Studios in Pixotope including camera input, key, comp plane, and shadows workflows.

Create a new show

If you already have a show you work on you can skip this step.

  1. Go to START > Storage > Shows

  2. Click on "Create new show", select "from template" and choose VS project

Learn more about how to Create, open and manage shows

Launch a level

In the Director

  1. Go to SETUP or PRODUCTION > Show > Launch

  2. Open the PixotopeVSTemplate level by clicking on "Launch in EDITOR"

Create a new empty level

You can reuse the PixotopeVSTemplate level, or create a new empty level.

Create a virtual studio

  1. Add or import your 3D assets.


When you add or import assets, remember to work in scale. The Unreal unit system is 1 unit = 1 meter.

Place asset

If your CameraRoot was matched correctly with the Studio origin, placing your asset in the scene is as easy as entering the measured values where the asset should be seen in the real world.

Video tutorial - Importing Assets

Enable VS

  • In Director: Add the machine to the "VS" Render group in SETUP > Configure > Machines

  • OR In Editor: Set the Compositing Type to "VS" in Pixotope World Settings > General

Add a Chroma Screen

Learn more about Chroma Screen and Compositing Plane actors.

  1. Add a Chroma Screen Parametric & Plane from the Place Actors > Pixotope panel

    • This adds a Chroma Screen as well as a VS Internal Compositing Plane under the Real World Reference

    • The Virtual studio template already has a compositing plane included, so this step could be skipped

  2. Check to see whether the video input is shown on the compositing plane

    • If you do not have a video live feed, turn on "Debug Video Input" in World Settings > Pixotope World > Debug Configuration

  3. To avoid clipping of the compositing plane with the floor, add an additional horizontal compositing plane slightly above the floor by

    • Right click your floor plane and select "Place VS Compositing Plane on top"

No input visible on the video output?

In SETUP > Configure > Routing, check to see whether there is a camera system routed to the machine. Media inputs do not work as an input of an internal compositing plane, as they lack tracking data.

Key the video

Learn more about how to Use the video keyer

Position and scale the compositing plane

  1. Position the compositing plane in-depth

  2. Scale it to cut away surrounding unkeyed garbage areas

  3. Tweak the Z-position so the keyed video intersects nicely with the floor and realistic shadows are cast on it

    • If no shadows appear, make sure you have a directional light set up and the compositing plane has "Cast virtual shadows" activated

Adjust compositing

Adjust how video and graphics are composited together.

  1. Go to the "General" tab in PRODUCTION → Adjust → Video Composite

  2. Fine-tune the compositing plane

This can also be done directly in the Editor.

Learn more about how to Adjust compositing

Next step

Continue to Making adjustments

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