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Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Match Night Live – virtual set (eir Sport)

Here’s a quick look at my latest virtual studio set for eir Sport.

It’s for their Match Night Live show (pre-game and post-game anaylis) for the 2017 Allianz Leagues (GAA) matches. The two big screens and the far video wall are all animated in After Effects and Cinema 4D and are based on the same 3D models from the titles (another great sequence by the mighty Sean Hunt).

Virtual Studio Set for Allianz League

As usual it’s generated in real-time with camera tracking and rendered using RT Software’s tOG 3D system.


Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Virtual Weather Studio

Just a quick heads up to say that I’ve added another complete multi-angle virtual set to the store over at virtualstudiosets.com

It is based on the Tricaster virtual sets I designed for the Weather Network a little while back and I’m pleased to say they’re letting me provide ‘unbranded’ versions to new customers and clients. I’ve completely updated the sets to include brand new skylines, and a number of new close-up angles. The multi-angle packs also come with a set of ‘weather variations’ on the skyline outside, showing different weather conditions from sunny, partly cloudy all the way to foggy and overcast, and also a couple of night-time versions too.

Virtual Weather Studio Set - royalty free - immediate download

You can watch a little video walkthrough of Studio 6 here (at virtualstudiosets.com)


Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Virtual Set for eir Sport

Here’s a quick look at my virtual studio set for the recent Ireland v All Blacks rugby match from eir Sport.

It uses the same 3D model as the Champions League virtual set with new animated screens featuring a 3D stadium with floodlights and crowd.

Virtual Studio Set for Europa League

As usual it’s generated in real-time with camera tracking and rendered using RT Software’s tOG 3D system.


Friday, August 5th, 2016

TriCaster Virtual Set for ESPN

I’m pleased to see one of my recent virtual studio sets is starting to make an appearance over at ESPN UK.

It’s a multi-angle virtual set designed for their TriCaster with a wide angle, close-ups for presenter and guests, plus a standing position with big screen.

Virtual Sports Set for ESPN UK

The studio is completely customisable. The monitor at the front of the desk can be fed with any image (for example a logo, as shown in the larger image above). The desk can be removed completely to allow the set to be used with real furniture (that’s how they’ve been using the set for their F1 discussion videos – see the two smaller images above).

There are 3 big screens at the back of the set that can be fed independently with custom images that get correctly reflected on the side pillars and the reflective surfaces of the desktop and podium.

The neon strips, lightboxes and desk lighting can all be adjusted separately to give the studio a range of different colour schemes.

Virtual Sports Set for ESPN UK

Here’s an example of how the set might look with a blue lighting scheme. One of the requirements for the project was that the studio could be branded in either red, blue or green, but in reality they can adjust all of the colours to whatever they like!

More of my virtual studio sets are available to purchase and download over at virtualstudiosets.com


Monday, August 1st, 2016

Virtual Set for Europa League (eir Sport)

Here’s a quick look at my virtual studio set for the Europa League shows from eir Sport.

It uses the same 3D model as the Champions League virtual set with new animated screens and a (virtual) lighting change throughout.

Virtual Studio Set for Europa League

As usual it’s generated in real-time with camera tracking and rendered using RT Software’s tOG 3D system.

eir Sport is a subsidiary of the Irish telecom company Eir, and is the new name for Setanta Sports.


Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Virtual Set for Champions League 2015

Here’s a quick look at my latest virtual studio set for the new Champions League programmes from Setanta Sports. As usual it’s rendered in real-time with full camera tracking thanks to the awesome power of RT Software’s tOG 3D system.

Virtual Weather Set for Champions League

See also the 2012 Champions League studio set here.


Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

TriCaster Virtual Weather Set for The Weather Network

Virtual Weather Set for The Weather Network UK

I’m delighted to see that my latest virtual studio sets have now gone live over at The Weather Network UK.

Earlier in the year I embarked on a great project which involved two of my special interests – weather graphics and virtual studio sets. The brief was to design a brand new virtual environment that the Weather Network team could use for their video content. As well as a vritual set for the main weather forecasts, they also needed a ‘news’ position, and a special ‘science corner’. …read more


Thursday, July 30th, 2015

TriCaster studio set for Microsoft

Here’s a few images of the custom TriCaster virtual sets I designed for Microsoft Technology Centres (MTC).

The work was project managed by NewTek in the States and I’m very grateful for their support throughout the process.

TriCaster Studio Set for Microsoft

Microsoft Technology Centre TriCaster Set

There are two separate studio environments. One is the ‘primary’ set – designed to look more like a multi-camera television studio. The other TriCaster set gives the impression of a ‘remote’ location – designed to look more like a studio built within a working office space. Both of the designs try to tie in with the existing look and feel of the real presentation areas and working spaces within MTC’s worldwide.

The studio sets have many customisable features and options. …read more


Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

TriCaster studio set for sportdigital

I have recently been working for the German sports channel sportdigital designing a brand new multi-angle virtual studio set for their NewTek Tricaster. I was sent some footage yesterday showing two of the camera angles (more angles to follow when the new cameras arrive..!) and I’m really pleased to see that everything is working so nicely.

The design of the set was inspired by the sportdigital logo, with a lit section running through the middle of the studio, the outer step of the riser as the circle element, and the centre spot appearing as a lit section in the middle of the desk.

Virtual Studio Set for sport digital

sportdigital Virtual Set

If you’re familiar at all with the quirks of virtual studios, and in particular NewTek’s TriCaster, you should be pleasantly surprised to see the talent resting his hands and paperwork on top of the desk. No mean feat as it turns out, since the entire desk is virtual in this case. Also, the talent is reflected in the virtual desk. …read more


Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Tricaster custom studio set for Intel

I was very pleased to be sent a few grabs earlier this week from INTEL showing a new virtual studio set I designed for them a little while back. Great to see it in action and working so nicely.

The studio set runs on a TriCaster, and has a large ‘virtual’ studio space with a number of monitors that are set up to take either a live input, or a static source. I made a load of different camera angles for them including seated positions for discussions like those shown here, and also a number of standing positions with a desk for demo-ing products.

Virtual Studio Set for Intel UK

image © Intel Corporation (UK) Ltd

Apart from adding some depth of field on the close-ups, there’s a couple of other interesting little touches I’ve incorporated into this set.

…read more