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Killer Keys - Great Chroma Keys in FCP
Call it green-screen, blue-screen, or chroma-key, the technique of removing a solid color background so you can put your actors into an entirely different environment is a mainstay of effects today.
In this Final Cut tutorial by Larry Jordan, you'll learn step-by-step techniques to create good looking keys using Final Cut Pro. Then, explore the power third-party keying software provides to take your keys to the next level. Along the way, we'll illustrate significant production points to keep in mind to help make your keys look great -- from selecting the right video format and software to proper lighting techniques for talent and background.
NOTE: To make the most of this session, you should have Final Cut Pro 6 or later installed. We illustrate how to use the keying software supplied inside Final Cut Pro, along with third-party plug-ins that provide even better results. Third-party plug-ins are available separately.
This session is helpful to any Final Cut Pro editor looking to improve the quality of their keys. Familiarity with the Final Cut Pro interface, a basic knowledge of how to use filters, and access to green-screen footage will be helpful.
• Define what chroma-keying is
• Provide five "Keys to Great Keys"
• Illustrate backgrounds that are easy, or difficult, to key
• Show how to use video scopes to determine if your background is lit properly
• Provide guidance on how to pick the right video format
• Provide guidance on how to choose the best background surface
• Provide guidance on choosing the best background color
• Provide thoughts on staging talent in a green screen environment
• Highlight a new business opportunity on creating green-screen backgrounds as part of PRE-production
• Provide additional resources for learning more and getting the best software for your needs
• Demo: Show how to setup clips in the Timeline to create a key
• Demo: Show how to apply and use the Primatte RT keyer inside Final Cut Pro
• Demo: Show how to use garbage mattes to clean up a key
• Demo: Show how to use the BCC Chroma Keyer to achieve clean keys with bad lighting
• Demo: Show how to create a key with a natural-looking cast shadow
• Demo: Show how to use Primatte Keyer Pro 4 to create a clean key for an actress with blowing, blonde hair
• Demo: Show how to create a key with an actress and dramatic lighting
• Demo: Show how to create a clean key involving translucent material
• Demo: Show how to create a clean key with talent using phyical props (like a chair or counter)
• Demo: Show how to create a transition key using two colors (green and blue)
• Demo: Show how nested sequences can solve keying problems
In today’s world, time and timing are everything.
Deadlines get tighter, budgets lower, client expectations higher, and technology moves on. It’s a recipe for disaster, unless you can find a fast, yet in-depth way to keep your skills sharp.
That’s where Larry Jordan can help.
Larry Jordan is the most highly sought after Apple-Certified Final Cut trainer in the world. With over 30 years experience as a television producer, director and editor with national broadcast and corporate credits, Jordan’s informative and entertaining teaching style provides video editors around the world with unique techniques, methods and resources to increase productivity and enhance their skills. He’s been there – he knows the pressure you are under.
Jordan reveals the hidden tips and tricks you never hear about, and may never find on your own. His presentation style is well organized, succinct and practical. Jordan’s training can save you time, save you money, save your client, and save your sanity, during production and post-production.
Jordan, based in Los Angeles, writes and edits the monthly free Larry Jordan Final Cut Studio Newsletter, with essential information on Final Cut Studio. He is the author of hundreds of hours of online training and five books on Final Cut Studio. He also hosts the weekly interactive internet radio show and podcast, Digital Production BuZZ (http://www.digitalproductionbuZZ.com).
For more information about Larry Jordan, please visit http://www.larryjordan.biz.
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