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Lance Pickett
Quickest Keying Workflow Question
on Oct 8, 2012 at 7:14:00 pm

First, thanks for looking at my question. I appreciate your time.

I have a couple hundred short clips with greenscreen backgrounds. These shots are locked down on a tri-pod so there are no movements etc.

I am to deliver these keyed out shots as individual files named after the scene number.

I'm finding that it is taking forever to key out every clip using Keylight and export them individually. There has got to be a faster way since the keylight setting should be the same for every clip. I'm on a very tight schedule.


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Roland R. Kahlenberg
Re: Quickest Keying Workflow Question
on Oct 9, 2012 at 11:27:27 am

To speed up the keying process, use PPro to separate the shots with IDENTICAL lighting/perspective (anything that will require tweaking the objects) into their own folders.

In AE, key a single shot and then save the keying settings as an Animation Preset. Then it's a matter of creating comps for each clip and applying the Preset.

If you're willing to pay someone, this should be doable via automation with AE's Javascript language. Pop by the COW's AE Expression forum. to post your Q there.


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Joseph W. Bourke
Re: Quickest Keying Workflow Question
on Oct 9, 2012 at 2:00:13 pm

Roland is right. The only thing that might throw a wrench in your works is if the subject moves around at all. In that case, the point that you're picking your green reference from might be obscured, or a slightly different shade of green, due to lighting. Otherwise, Roland's idea should work like a charm!

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Lance Pickett
Re: Quickest Keying Workflow Question
on Oct 12, 2012 at 2:12:50 pm

Thanks, I was able to figure out a workflow using your tips. It sure saved me many many hours! I just need a faster computer to render faster. I appreciate it!

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