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Kent Beeson
best green-screen keying software?
on Jan 23, 2010 at 5:10:50 pm

Hi

Wondered what green-screen software (for pulling great keys simply) you'd recommend. I'll be shooting using the SONY EX1R 1920x1080p (4:2:0)...I can spend up to $300 for the software.


Thanks

K
http://www.effectivevideo.net


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Nate Stephens
Re: best green-screen keying software?
on Jan 23, 2010 at 5:56:30 pm

Kent, I had a similar question a couple years ago. I purchased chroma key software that was great doing this but not that. This past summer I did a lot of Key work and found out that I should have saved my money. FCP has an excellent keyer for the money. Yes it can be a little confusing to learn. And yes you might have to layer up the images, crop the bad etc. But it is a great key for the money.

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John Fishback
Re: best green-screen keying software?
on Jan 23, 2010 at 10:20:22 pm

I like the Primatte keyer in Motion over Final Cut's keyer. That said, I do most of my keying in AfterFX with Keylight which is an exceptionally good keyer. There's now a Keylight for FCP keyer that works inside FCP. It costs $250. Also, Noise Industries has a new FXFactory-based keyer called PHYX Keyer. It costs $199 and looks like a very nice keyer. If you go with one of these please post back and let us know what you think.

John

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Kent Beeson
Re: best green-screen keying software?
on Jan 24, 2010 at 6:12:31 am

Very helpful info - thanks much...probably go with the PHYX keyer and I'll post back after I give it a try.

Nice comparison sheet here:

http://www.phyxware.com/NI_Keyer_comparison.html


Thanks

K
http://www.effectivevideo.net


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Paul Hawke-Williams
Re: best green-screen keying software?
on Apr 10, 2010 at 2:22:18 pm

HI all

I've just invested in the PHYX keyer and its the best £110 I've spent in a long time!

It's currently on sale by the way, think it's 20% off, can't be sure, but still worth the money.

Had some miniDV footage, green background, poor lighting, found Primatte RT in FCP and Motion did OK but the poor background lighting was getting to it. Downloaded the PHYX Keyer demo, tried it, amazing! Thought it was a bit poor to start but then noticed the drop down menu for 4:1:1 colour space and it cracked it!

Definitely a massive thumbs up from me!

Paul Hawke-Williams
http://www.macguruwales.co.uk
Media Trainer - Mac Support - Video Production


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Dave LaRonde
Re: best green-screen keying software?
on Jan 23, 2010 at 10:41:49 pm

I'm with John Fishback: the Primatte keyer in Motion is a dandy keyer, beter than the one in FCP, and the best part is that you already have it!

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Tom Matthies
Re: best green-screen keying software?
on Jan 24, 2010 at 2:06:46 am

DV Matte from DV Garage is pretty good for not a lot of $$$
Tom

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