8 Inputs on screen with background simultaneously?

Is it possible to put 8 Inputs on screen simultaneously - of course with a background (resulting in 8 pips + a video background)
as well as placing Titles for each pip?

The idea is that we are using 8 Webcams to display 8 different cities. then on command, one of the cities would come forward and the others would fade out and back.
we want to put the names of the cities underneath each pip.

at first I was thinking of using an M/E, but of course the M/Es only have 4 layers, which means I'd have to stack 2 M/Es on top, but the problem is, that the M/Es don't have a transparent background AND I would not be able to make each city come forward if they are in separate M/Es.

I'm using a TriCaster ELITE 2.

thank you!
 

Mr How

Member
So... spitballing here.

ME1- Layer A/B/C and Keys 1-4 are your first 7 cities. Layer D is not resized and set to Green Field 709

ME2- Set your A layer as your video background. Key 1 is ME1, key out the Green. Key 2 is your 8th city. Key three is your city titles.

Then using Comps, you turn on Key 4 with with City 1's resized Position/Zoom/Crop and have it go full, another Comp to reset it. Rinse and repeat with the other cities.

If you don't want to use Comps, you can just macro which city goes in to Key4 full and fade it on/off.

There may be an easier way to accomplish what you're going for, this is just off the top of my head.

edit: spelling
 
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So... spitballing here.

ME1- Layer A/B/C and Keys 1-4 are your first 7 cities. Layer D is not resized and set to Green Field 709

ME2- Set your A layer as your video background. Key 1 is ME1, key out the Green. Key 2 is your 8th city. Key three is your city titles.

Then using Comps, you turn on Key 4 with with City 1's resized Position/Zoom/Crop and have it go full, another Comp to reset it. Rinse and repeat with the other cities.

If you don't want to use Comps, you can just macro which city goes in to Key4 full and fade it on/off.

There may be an easier way to accomplish what you're going for, this is just off the top of my head.

edit: spelling
hmm I like this, let me give this a try - I kinda decided to use Layer D as a looping Background Video - so no key needsd and then in M/E 2, Im using in Layer A my 8th City and Layer B my M/E1, in M/E2 I set buffer 1 to be my city names.

other question, is there any way to get things to be transparent? the citynames are on a semi transparent plate but I want them to be a bit more faded.

thank you!!
 

Stream

Member
I once did an eSports tournament where I needed to stream two feeds each with four players per screen over the live feed of their computer screen/game play. I used program for one feed and preview for the other feed. It worked, but having both program and preview live using all 4 M/E's with 4 layers each really bogged things down. The thing I learned from a NewTek Rep, Alex I believe his name was, was to make sure that you have both Ethernet ports plugged in from different switches. After that, worked well.
 

DLVid

Member
Yes, can absolutely be done. Just use a couple M/Es in 4 layer effect mode plus keys. I recently did a hackathon that used 23 elements for one "shot". It was 3 M/Es and worked great. You need to plan your layers, but it's pretty easy.
 

edtrbob

Member
yep - with the elite you have 8 ME's with four keys each so you're at 32 images without breaking a sweat - and you can get 4 images plus a background before you turn on the keys. That would be 8 images per ME, times 8 ME's... and you haven't touched the 4 DSKs yet...
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edtrbob

Member
These are built with Live Set and Virtual Set Editor Advanced. In this case, you see two versions of our four-box. Virtual Set Editor allows us to set to set patter limits for the live sources so we don't need to crop any edges. We have presets saved to each ME for all the multi-box effects, from a single with slide, two-box, three-box, and four-box. This means I can preset my MEs based on the individual show, like needing three versions of the two-box plus whatever four-box the producer likes.
 
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Mr How

Member
These are built with Live Set and Virtual Set Editor Advanced. In this case, you see two versions of our four-box. Virtual Set Editor allows us to set to set patter limits for the live sources so we don't need to crop any edges. We have presets saved to each ME for all the multi-box effects, from a single with slide, two-box, three-box, and four-box. This means I can preset my Messages based on the individual show, like needing three versions of the two-box plus whatever four-box the producer likes.
Excellent! Thanks!
 
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