VT DVE Tutorials

I'm hoping that some willing soul out there would share some knowledge and tips about how to do DVE's
for NewTek's VT.

Contact me if you have material you think we all could benefit from.


/ Michael Englyst

  How to import Toolshed Presets

Thanks to José Burgos for the tutorial!

Here is where you dump the preset file:

C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\Application Data\NewTek\SpeedEDIT\Spline Presets

Make sure you do not have the Tool Shed window open when you paste the file into this folder. The new preset will be listed at the end of the User Spline folder.

Another thing, if you notice all your the presets in the user splines folder are listed in order they where created.
When you have as long a list as I have and still no organization built into it via folders (dig at Newtek) this can be a little frustrating finding a preset.

So....if you delete the file SplinePresets.VTD from the folder and then open tool shed, tool shed makes a new file SplinePresets.VTD but with all files in alphabetical order.

**I am not responsible if you screw up you preset folder for following my directions**

Take care,
José Burgos

  New DVE structure for SE, Tricaster and VT[5]


Thanks to John Perkins from NewTek for the information!

Note: For ease of use and future compatability there's a new DVE file structure which should be followed.

The layout is like this:

myname.dve - dummy .txt file with just the 4 letters VTFX in it, renamed to .dve
(SpeedEDIT can use them without the vtfx characters, but TriCaster Studio and VT5 require them
for legacy reasons.)

NewTek Info (folder)
- myname.dve.avi - rollover animation, must have timestamp newer than the dummy .dve file
- myname.dve.jpg - thumbnail image, must have timestamp newer than the dummy .dve file

DVEData (folder) - contains the actual dve files
- myname.NTSC.4x3.dve
- myname.NTSC.16x9.dve
- myname.PAL.4x3.dve
- myname.PAL.16x9.dve

You can omit the .4x3 and .16x9 part of the filename if the aspect ratio doesn't matter, but you will always
have .PAL.dve and .NTSC.dve

If all parts of the filename are used, the correct DVE will always be selected for both aspect ratio and
resolution/framerate when the "dummy" file is dragged into the application. The user will only ever use the
dummy file. Most of them will never know that the other 4 files exist.

If you are installing these on the users system, I suggest that you set the hidden attribute on the two folders
so that they don't clutter the users filebin views. The switcher/editor will still be able to find the folders.

  Photoshop template for monitor preview


If you want to handle over some DVE's then I've made a Photoshop file I use for monitor preview images on
the download page. Monitor on the top layer with the middle cut out so your preview image will look identical to
the images on the download page.

I've also included the A and B PNG's I use for making the preview animations and snapshot images.

TVision Template

Download Photoshop file
TVision Template

Download Photoshop file
TVision Template

Download Photoshop file

  DVE Icons & Roll-overs

By Steve Bowie, submitted by Scott Bates

Load two appropriate stills into TED -- try about 2 seconds in length. Add the DVE to them full length (so the
first frame is all Still-1, and the last is all Still-2). Render the clip as an RTV, and load it into Aura. Re-size the
project to 80x60, and save the middle frame as a JPEG named 'dve-name.DVE.JPG'. Then save the whole
sequence as an AVI (Cinepak seemed to be the best codec for this), naming that file 'dve-name.DVE.AVI'.

Drop the JPEG and AVI in the "NewTek Info" directory of the folder that contains your new DVE by the same
name. That should do it.

By Ivan Van Dam

Actually you can render the sequence from the timeline in TEd. Just set your size correctly and render as
Cinepack. The .jpg should be created automatically the first time Toaster looks at the file.