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After Effects Plug-ins

Free: EFX Keying-Alpha Free Plug-in for After Effects + Michele’s Favorite Keying Plug-ins

Download a free keyer plus learn about Michele’s favorite keying and compositing plug-ins on the market to give you great results!

Free: EFX Keying-Alpha Free Plug-in for After Effects

This is a download for 3 free keying and alpha matte plugins from the full EFX Keying/Alpha Plugin Suite. EFX Keying-Alpha plug-ins were created by kaczorefx.

This download contains:

  • EFX Alpha Select – lets you select pixels based on their opacity value.
  • EFX Despill – a simple despill filter that you tell which pixels you want it to despill and which you don’t want it to touch.
  • EFX Luma Select – lets you select pixels based on their luminosity.

Download EFX Keying-Alpha Free plugin

Michele’s Favorite Keyers

Speaking of keyers, I have three favorites that you may be interested in checking out. There are tons of keyers on the market but not all of them give me everything that I want (and Jeremy and I did write the book on keying – See the image on the right!)

Red Giant Keying Suite – Includes Red Giant Primatte and Key Correct In Depth: Keying: Part 4: Red Giant Primatte Keyer and Key Correct

In this series, I’m going to give some in-depth information on three of my favorite keying tools that work with After Effects, Premiere Pro, and other tools. The first in the series covers Red Giant’s Keying Suite, which includes Primatte Keyer, Key Correct Pro, and Warp.

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Boris FX Key and BlendBoris Continuum Unit: Key and Blend

Create seamless composites. Chromakey Studio – your one-stop shop. Quick clean-up, light wraps, and mattes. Includes 20 filters & 200+ presets. Cross-host license. The new version in BCC 10 has some great improvements and it’s easy to use and gives nice clean edges.

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ZmatteDigital Film Tools zMatte

A full-featured keyer that is the result of our experience in creating hundreds of successful blue and green screen composites.

Using proprietary matte extraction techniques, zMatte quickly and simply creates mattes with minimal parameters even if you are dealing with fine hair detail, smoke, or reflections. It is easy to use, yet provides the needed tools when faced with good, bad, or ugly shots — tools such as multiple matte creations, automatic spill suppression, sophisticated matte and edge manipulation, and color correction.

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In Depth: Keying: Pre-Processing Greenscreen Footage for Keying
In Depth: Keying: Pre-Processing Greenscreen Footage for Keying

In Depth: Keying: Pre-Processing Greenscreen Footage for Keying

put up the second installment of my chroma keying series at Toolfarm last night. It’s about preparing your greenscreen footage for keying.  If your greenscreen footage didn’t turn out as perfectly as you had hoped, I talk about some things that you can do to fix problems and not create new ones.

Read In Depth: Keying: Pre-Processing Greenscreen Footage for Keying

More on Keying at Toolfarm

In Depth: Keying: Introduction & Frequently Asked Questions about Shooting Greenscreen

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After Effects Tutorial

In Depth: Fast and Easy Garbage Mattes in After Effects

I did a video over at Toolfarm that explained a simple technique to create super quick garbage mattes in After Effects.

Continuing with the series on keying, I decided to make this segment a video segment. All you need is After Effects for this one. Older version such as AE CS6 or even AE CS3 will work just fine.

Before you watch the video, here are a couple notes… in other words, stuff I forgot to mention in the video!

  1. You will still need to use a mask to remove equipment, the edges of your greenscreen or other stuff from your shot.
  2. This technique should work on most greenscreen footage but if it’s really poorly lit or shot greenscreen, best of luck to you. There are no guarantees!

Other articles in this series on Greenscreen:

This video was captured with Telestream ScreenFlow.

Looking for more keying training?

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After Effects Plug-ins Tutorial

Red Giant TV Ep 18: Compositing Tips from ‘Greenscreen Made Easy’

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, 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 Red Giant Tools 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.
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After Effects Featured Plug-ins Tutorial

In Depth: Keying: Pre-Processing Greenscreen Footage for Keying

I put up the second installment on my chroma keying series at Toolfarm last night. It’s about preparing your greenscreen footage for keying.  If your greenscreen footage didn’t turn out as perfectly as you had hoped, I talk about some things that you can do to fix problems and not create new ones.

In Depth: Keying: Pre-Processing Greenscreen Footage for Keying

See part 1 in this series:
In Depth: Keying: Introduction & Frequently Asked Questions about Shooting Greenscreen