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Greenscreen Made Easy Keying and Compositing Techniques for Indie Filmmakers

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ISBN-10: 1932907548

ISBN-13: 9781932907544

Edition: 2nd 2009

Authors: Jeremy Hanke, Michele Yamazaki

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List price: $19.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
Publication date: 4/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 158
Size: 5.98" wide x 8.90" long x 0.43" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

Parveen Adams teaches in the Human Sciences Department of Brunei University, England.

What is Chromakeying?
To Buy or to Build a Greenscreen
Popular Options for Purchasing a Greenscreen
Rolled cloth backdrop and stand
Portable flexscreens
Cutting edge: Chromatte
Building Your Own Greenscreen
Creating greenscreens with rolled paper
Painted greenscreens using walls, flats, and foam core
Creating and hanging your own cloth backdrop
The portable vinyl greenscreen
Combining elements to create a cyclorama greenscreen studio
Getting Your Background Environments
Photography and videography
Digital matte paintings
3D rendering
Multilayered composites
Public domain
Internet and negotiation
Stock backgrounds
Lighting Your Matte for Maximum Keying Simplicity
Positioning your lights effectively
Types of lighting
Additional lighting elements to make your colors "pop"
Lighting and Positioning Your Talent for Optimal Blending
Preplanning the lighting to blend between foreground and background planes
Different types of lighting for your foreground
Placement of the actor and other blocking considerations
Tricks to popping your talent from the background
Camera Techniques for Clean Keys
Optimal distance and behavior of your camera
Setting up your camera for great keys
Creating High-Definition footage with a Standard-Definition camera
Production Ideas for Creative Greenscreen Uses
The invisible man
Sin City makeup
Luma Keying
Shooting flame or smoke
Stop-motion animation
Production Rules to Shoot By
16 rules to shoot by
5 things to prep your talent with for optimal shoots
Keying Essentials
Great keying techniques vs. good storytelling
Prepare Your Footage
Check pixel aspect ratio/frame aspect ratio
Deinterlace your fields
Deinterlacing fields in After Effects
Third-party solutions for dealing with fields
Denoise and deartifact
Reducing noise per channel
The Remove Grain filter in After Effects
Better monitoring with a second comp viewer
Third-party solutions for reducing noise
Check your edges
Smoothing edges with Channel Combiner and Channel Blur in After Effects
Third-party solutions for smoothing jaggy edges
Even out your greenscreen
Third-party solutions for evening out your greenscreen
Save an animation pre-set of your pre-process effects
Garbage mattes (aka junk mattes)
Making garbage mattes in Adobe After Effects
Making garbage mattes in Apple Final Cut Pro
Third-party options for garbage matte creation in Apple Final Cut Pro
Making garbage mattes in Apple Motion
Getting to Know the Keyers
An overview of some keying plug-ins in Adobe After Effects
Your basic Color Key
Color Difference Keyer
Luma Key
Inner/Outer Keys
An Overview of Some Third-Party Plug-ins: Keying Plug-ins for After Effects, Final Cut Pro, and Motion
The Foundry Keylight
Red Giant Software Primatte Keyer Pro
Oak Street Software VKey2
Useful shortcuts for working with channels in Apple Motion
Digital Film Tools zMatte
Mastering the Art of Keying
Aharon Rabinowitz's Super Tight Junk Mattes
Multiple edge masks
The multiple edge mask technique in After Effects
Automatically cycle mask colors in After Effects
Color correction
Color correction in Apple Final Cut Pro
Third-party options for color correction
Fixing Problems
Hair and fur and other tough-to-key edges
Matte tools
Third-party matte tools
Removing tracking dots
Spill and despill
Spill suppression in After Effects
Third-party options for spill suppression
Keying motion-blurred footage
Third-party options for keying motion-blurred footage
Making Your Composite Look Believable
Matching grain
Matching grain in After Effects
Light wrap
Light angle
Depth of field
Reintroducing reflections
Creating shadows
Third-party solutions for projecting shadows
Adding motion blur back into the video
Cool Tricks and Inspiration
Dancing clothes, aka the invisible man
Red lips, gray face
Key smoke and fire? Not! or How to remove a black background from fire, explosions, smoke, window cracks, etc.
Replace television or computer screens
The Sin City Conundrum: Blending 3D backgrounds with keyed footage
Choosing a 3D software that meets your needs
Creating 3D backgrounds in 3D software
Rendering your backgrounds correctly
3D Channel Effects in After Effects
Depth matte effect: placing your greenscreen shot within your 3D
Depth of field with .rpf files
Matching your 3D and footage
The Future of Low-Budget Keying
Resource List
About the Authors