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Jon ChainyHow do i chroma key with a black background?
by on Jan 15, 2014 at 6:27:59 am

Hey, I am trying to use some stock footage in my video, but nothing happens when I select black in keylight. I need to know how fast please...


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Todd KoprivaRe: How do i chroma key with a black background?
by on Jan 15, 2014 at 6:54:43 am

Keylight is for keying out hues/colors, especially green and blue.

For creating transparency based on luminance, you are better off using the Extract effect:
http://www.sternfx.com/tutorials/125

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Jon ChainyRe: How do i chroma key with a black background?
by on Jan 15, 2014 at 7:10:52 am

thank you so much, I appreciate your help on this and I've been looking for this for a while...


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John CuevasRe: How do i chroma key with a black background?
by on Jan 15, 2014 at 12:25:49 pm

Along with Extract, you might want to try the Luma Key effect or the free Unmult Plugin.

Unmult's was created for creating alpha channels for Knoll lens flares, it just drops out black and creates an alpha. Generally when I used it, I would add a levels effect after it, switch to the alpha channel and crush the blacks and increase the whites a little more to strengthen the alpha.

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