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Taylor HoodThe difference between keylight 1.2 and color key?
by on Dec 21, 2010 at 1:13:31 pm

Hello, I'm trialing CS5 and I realized that the plugin Keylight 1.2 isn't available for the trial. There is something called color key and it seems to work just the same...sort of. Is color key a valid form of chromo keying? It seems on most tutorials people use keylight 1.2.

Will I have to get the full version?


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Dave LaRondeRe: The difference between keylight 1.2 and color key?
by on Dec 21, 2010 at 3:24:14 pm

[Taylor Hood] "Will I have to get the full version?"

Sorry, but yes you will. Third-party effects that normally come bundled with AE aren't in the tryout versions.

You'll also notice that you're missing the Cycore effects, like CC Sphere, CC Mr. Mercury, etc.

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


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Taylor HoodRe: The difference between keylight 1.2 and color key?
by on Dec 21, 2010 at 6:05:20 pm

Yeah, I thought so.

What is the difference between color key and keylight 1.2?

Color key seems to do what "chroma key" in Sony Vegas does.
What is the advantage of keylight 1.2? Is it considered the correct way to green/blue screen?

Thank you.


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Dave LaRondeRe: The difference between keylight 1.2 and color key?
by on Dec 21, 2010 at 6:41:13 pm

[Taylor Hood] "What is the difference between color key and keylight 1.2?"

MUCH better control: keylight has a good spill suppressor, controls to refine the core and edge opacity of the subject, it accommodates animated garbage mattes to facilitate keying and basic color correction on the subject, just to name a few things.

Color key has its uses, for for most chroma key work, keylight is the AE workhorse.

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


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Todd KoprivaRe: The difference between keylight 1.2 and color key?
by on Dec 21, 2010 at 6:43:43 pm

Here's a note from the official documentation for Color Key effect that should make it clear what our recommendation is:

"Note: Though the color keying effects built into After Effects can be useful for some purposes, you should try keying with Keylight before attempting to use these built-in keying effects. Some keying effects have been superseded by more modern effects like Keylight."

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