This is an article that I wrote for the In Depth Series on Keying that I’ve been working on over the past year or so. I’m reprinting it at Green Screen Made Easy.
In this sub-series in my In Depth: Green Screen series, I’m giving in-depth information on some of my favorite keying tools that work with After Effects, Premiere Pro, and other tools. The first in the series, In Depth: Keying: Part 4: Red Giant Primatte Keyer and Key Correct, went up this summer. After months of nasty computer issues, here’s the second article.
I’ve pretty much said everything that I need to say in the overview/review video, so this article is a bit on the short side. To sum it up, Hawaiki Keyer v3 does a great job of pulling keys from areas with feathery hair and sheer fabrics. I was impressed. I’ve tried a lot of keyers and it works really well, especially for the price. If you’re doing much keying and looking for a quality keyer that’s inexpensive, take Hawaiki Keyer for a spin. Try a demo first, if you don’t believe me!
Hawaiki Keyer works in After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X, and Motion. Hawaiki Keyer is Mac only and requires FxFactory to run. FxFactory is a free download.
FxFactory can be downloaded from the Toolfarm Downloads page (you must sign in first) and the demo version of Hawaiki Keyer can be installed through FxFactory. There are lots of freebies in FxFactory too!
I’ve done many articles in this In Depth Series on keying tools and several have featured Primatte Keyer and Key Correct. Here are a few.
In Depth: Keying: Part 4: Red Giant Primatte Keyer and Key Correct
Primatte Keyer, Key Correct, and Warps have been used in a few major Hollywood blockbusters you may have heard of, such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Spider-Man, The Matrix, and King Kong. Both products Primatte Keyer and Key Correct are included in Red Giant Keying Suite, along with Red Giant Warp which includes six powerful plug-ins to help in compositing with control of shadows, reflections, glows and corner point warps. Warp runs in After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Apple Motion.
In Depth: Spill Suppression on Keyed Footage
From the article: Spill is the colored light reflected from your background and onto your actor. Spill can show up on light colored clothing or hair, on shiny or reflective elements, around the edge of footage, and it can be a big problem! It can be very easy to fix, or difficult on finely detailed, extremely reflective or semi-transparent areas.
Primatte Keyer and Key Correct use the same Spill Killer technology. Both products are available together in the Red Giant Keying Suite. Spill Killer is very simple at the core. There are not a lot of bells and whistles, but it worked well on the footage. I used slightly different settings for Tolerance so that you can see the difference.
For Primatte Keyer, Enable Spill Killer needs to be checked and the Color Mode set to Green. I set the Range to 58% and set Tolerance and Strength to 100%.
To remove the spill with Key Correct Spill Killer, you just need to apply the effect to your layer. I turned down Tolerance to 51%, and the Range to 58%, which helped to avoid giving the model a red face.
In Depth: Keying: Pre-Processing Greenscreen Footage for Keying
In Depth: Keying: Introduction & Frequently Asked Questions about Shooting Greenscreen
Keying is part technical skill, part patience, and part sorcery. This series will take you through different areas of keying, not so much to teach you step by step, but to talk about some of the problems you’ll run into and how to fix them.
Also check out…
Green Screen Made Easy, 2nd Edition
If you’d like more on keying tools and compositing, Green Screen Made Easy, 2nd Edition, which I co-authored with Jeremy Hanke of Microfilmmaker Magazine, is now available. It covers everything from creating your own green screen, setting up lights, keying your actors, fixing problems, and compositing methods and tricks.
Toolfarm Professional Training for Primatte Keyer Pro: Toolfarm Expert Series
Learn the Method, Not Just The Software! Angie Mistretta demystifies the complex and powerful Primatte Keyer Pro plug-in from Red Giant Software, which can pull the matte, adjust spill suppression, handle color correction and handle the entire process of keying and matte creation. This training has been out for several years but it is still top-notch.