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Jay Levi
What App do you prefer to chroma key with SLR videos on macs?
on Sep 11, 2011 at 11:27:25 am

I understand that technically its better to use a video camera to capture true green screen videos, putting this aside for now and over SLR i wanted to ask what apps you guys found have the solid workflow for 5,7 D canon camera or DSLRs in general?

With a decent softbox 3 piece light set and greenscreen backdrop as well as a flexi piece (5x7) i still am concerned over workflow, quality and speed of rendering.

-FCPX chroma key is ajoke, fast but quality was literally rubbish!
-FCP Studio is nice but rendering requires converting videos, i use logic and pro tools and plug in conflicts prevent me from sharing the same drive, its a pain in the neck to reboot into another drive just to run this app, in the end worth it but still.....ehh
-iMovie is actually a nice chroma key, very limited unfortunately
-After effects surprised me yesterday, i had no idea it was so powerful, is there better?
-Premiere i liked as well.

I never tried motion, shake or any other, please do share info

cheers
Mandi


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Peter Burger
Re: What App do you prefer to chroma key with SLR videos on macs?
on Sep 11, 2011 at 2:18:04 pm

[Jay Levi] "I understand that technically its better to use a video camera to capture true green screen videos"

I know you wanted to skip that, but the problem is not the kind of camera you're using, but the compression and the way color information is reduced... So a DSLR is not worse than any camcorder that uses 4:2:0 ... with that having said ;) ...

I'm very happy with Keylight - an extremely powerful tool that ships free with Adobe After Effects. Very well documented in a lot of tutorials (here on the COW and all around the web)

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Noah Kadner
Re: What App do you prefer to chroma key with SLR videos on macs?
on Sep 11, 2011 at 6:10:07 pm

It all comes down to even lighting on a good screen and properly lit subjects. It's easy to pull a key that was shot very well in any NLE. I've pulled keys using just FCP's keyer. But it's like pulling teeth when it's not well shot.

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Brent Dunn
Re: What App do you prefer to chroma key with SLR videos on macs?
on Sep 13, 2011 at 6:50:47 pm

I don't do much chroma key, but I know most use after effects to pull the keys.

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Owen Wexler
Re: What App do you prefer to chroma key with SLR videos on macs?
on Oct 15, 2011 at 11:50:13 pm

Ultra keyer in Premiere Pro and Keylight in After Effects are your best bet for built-in effects. Can't comment on others but I've heard good things about Red Giant's Primatte.

I used to use Keylight to key a show shot on greenscreen with a DV camera every week... getting decent results was like pulling teeth but I was still able to do it. If Keylight can do OK with DV greenscreen footage, I'd guess it can do well with a DSLR too but you're in for a bit of a headache trying to pull a good key... I'd advise using at least a 4:2:2 camera if you can.

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