I am looking for a (relatively) cost effective virtual news studio that does not look too cartoonish. Can anyone recommend a website or software they have used?
Any help much appreciated
Serious Magic used to have some nice virtual studio sets, but they were discontinued after Adobe took over. I haven't tried if they still work with the current implementation of Ultra, but I rather doubt it. You could try to get in contact with Mark Mapes at Adobe and ask his opinion. He was a Serious Magician and knows all about this. I don't think he would appreciate if I were to give you his e-mail address on this forum however, so you have to use your own sources.
I don't know how you would feel about the quality, because I have never actually used one, but there is usualy a free 7 day trial of Video Blocks and they have 100 virtual sets available. You can download as many as 20 per day with the trial. So you have enough time in a week to get them all. But don't forget to check out the music section for your news intro. And some lower thirds.
I have to warn you that I got so wrapped up in the site that when they offered a huge discount I took them up on their offer. IIRC it was around $100 for one year instead of ten times that much.