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                   Friday, September 4, 2009 - 5:16PM

Chroma keying

By DAN ROBINSON
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Studio set up for chroma key shooting. Using an open Tota light for the green screen, though I'd like it to be hanging from the ceiling rather than shining up from the floor.


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I knew all along that DV/HDV were not going to produce incredible keying results, but I have been able to at least get a half-decent result so far. HDV has actually worked better than SD DV. Still tweaking the settings to deal with the common fringing issue. Unfortunately there's no getting around the fact if I get many keying jobs, I'm going to have to drop the $1.5k on After Effects and a nice keying plugin package. If this goes well enough, I will also be investing in a new camera, most likely a Panasonic P2 model. That's at least several months away (got to build up some capital first). My current cameras can hold their own, but they are more suited for news gathering rather than production work. Such is business - always something more to buy to keep things going.

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