Boris Continuum 11 came out recently and in this tutorial, Dan Harvey gives an overview of how the keying and masking tools work in Vegas Pro.
Continuum is the VFX toolset that helped Ezra Edelman’s O.J.: Made in America win the Academy Award. A plug-in collection for Adobe, Apple, Avid and OFX host applications, Continuum features range from Image Restoration, to Extruded Text, titling and 3D Objects, to Chromakey and Compositing, Particles, and Image Stabilization. Continuum serves NLE editors and Compositors alike with the newly integrated Masking and Planar Tracking Pixel Chooser powered by Academy Award-winning Mocha technology.
You may know that we have a new edition of Green Screen Made Easy, 2nd Ed., coming out in the next couple of months. If you have the first edition, this is probably 85% new content, so it will be worth your while to pick up the new edition. I was on Niel Guilarte’s All Things Post podcast talking about Green Screen Made Easy, learning CINEMA 4D and After Effects, how I got started in the industry, working at Toolfarm, and more.
Here’s an oldie, dug up from the vaults! If you missed the podcast I did for Red Giant TV on May 5, 2009, about Primatte Keyer and Key Correct Pro, and it is surprisingly still very relevant. It’s not just another “here’s how to use the tools” type of video, but I get deep into keying technique with tips to optimize your keying potential.
If you’re interested in learning more about these products, Toolfarm has them at 10% off every day.
Red Giant Keying Suite – Keying Suite is a complete set of professional tools that make your keying look seamless and sells the realism of your composite. Get great results for basic keying situations as well as multi-step composites and difficult shots like low light or choppy footage.
Red Giant Primatte Keyer – Quality, speed, control. That’s what you need from a professional chromakey tool and Primatte Keyer delivers. Version 5.0 gives new levels of automation and efficiency with a reorganized interface, default settings that give great results, and tools to quickly tweak your key. An improved Auto Compute and the new Adjust Light tool are the special sauce in Primatte 5.0, creating an accurate key in a few clicks. Use the new Hybrid Matte for unprecedented control in keeping matte edges clean and a new Smart Sample algorithm for smarter foreground selection. Whether you are creating a documentary film, an indie production, news station promo or music video, Primatte 5.0 is an industry-loved solution that unlocks the secret to an easy, automatic key.
Red Giant Key Correct – Key Correct is an integral part of keeping your composite look natural and realistic. This set of 15 plug-ins can be used to soften alpha channels, match foreground and background colors, fix outlines, and clean up noise. Key Correct is the secret ingredient for top-quality results from popular keyers like Primatte Keyer (our favorite!), Keylight and Ultimatte. You can also download a free trial of any Red Giant plug-in.
I will be presenting on Sunday, May 17 at KAFI at the Kalamazoo Valley Community College (room CNM 175) in Kalamazoo, Michigan, about… you guessed it…. greenscreen. I’ll be on from 11:00?AM -?12:15?PM. For more information, go to the KAFI website
A very nice review from Robert Grant at Sci-Fi-London.
Written with the indie filmmaker in mind ‘Greenscreen Made Easy’ follows a beautifully logical path through the entire process of pre-production, production and post-production from buying or building your greenscreen (or blue, and it explains that as well) through shooting your backgrounds, lighting for greenscreen, positioning your actors, techniques for clean keys, prepping for post-production, getting rid of artifacts, different plug-ins, blending, colouring, making it believable and using CGI backgrounds.
Tell us your greenscreen or keying horror story! Enter to win Professional Keying with Keylight and the book Greenscreen Made Easy. All instructions are in the video. Important: Tag your video with the word ‘Greenscreen’. To do this, go to MyToolfarm.com and upload your video and click “Edit Video” to edit your tags. Due date is Friday, April 10, 2009. Good luck!
I’ll be running a session on Greenscreen and Keying (mainly keying tricks) at the Ferris video Festival on Friday, April 3.
The Ferris student chapter of MCA-I is hosting its 9th Ferris Video Festival on Friday, April 3. The event begins at 10:00 AM with a keynote presentation by Angela Prater, a graduate of the program who will speak on Diversity Online. She will present the awards for the high school award winners. Following the ceremony, there will be concurrent training sessions from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM on a range of topics including the RED camera, Animation in Video Production, Copyright Issues, Special Effects Makeup, Greenscreen tricks, Music Video Production, After Effects, the HD Workflow, and Women in Film and Television. Members of the MCA-I Mid-Michigan chapter will be among the presenters. Everyone is invited. Admission is free. The event will be held in the IRC building which shares a parking lot with the football field on the mother campus in Big Rapids, MI.
Here’s the full schedule of the breakout sessions, from 11am-1pm.
Copyright Issues — Denise Glassmeyer, Young Basile Attorneys
Special Effects Makeup — Dawn Butler, fxmakeupbydawn & MCA-I
Red Camera Demonstration— Jeff Hamlin, Lansing Community College
Animation in Game Design – David Baker, Ferris State University
Green Screen – Michele Yamazaki, Toolfarm & MCA-I
Women in Film and Video – Serenity Sherie, Detroit Women in Film and TV
Music Video Production – Chavell Crofford, Vellis Productions
HD Workflow – going Tapeless – Glen Okonoski, Ferris State University
After Effects – Andrew Tingley, Creo Productions
Unions in a Production Environment – William Minihan, IATSE
On Saturday April 4, also in the IRC building room 120 on the Big Rapids campus, the Television and Digital Media Production Program will host a PA Bootcamp from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The P.A. Boot Camp will provide more than just an overview of what is expected of production assistants on both film and video sets. MPA instructors Jax Baker and Mitch Nyberg will engage students with demonstrations, hands-on activities, form usage exercises, and give a review of set/client etiquette. Students will gain job search tips from a panel of production professionals during an informative discussion on local production companies, unions and film organizations, and the resources they offer. The training session is open to the public for $40 and for students at a reduced rate of $35. Seating is limited.
Keying and Compositing Techniques for Indie Filmmakers