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Tutorial Tuesday Extravaganza at Toolfarm

Toolfarm is posting one tutorial an hour for 24 hours today! They are about 1/3 of the way through and have tutorials for Adobe After Effects, Premiere, Photoshop, MAXON CINEMA 4D, Avid, The Foundry Nuke, Trapcode Form, NewBlueFX, Video Copilot and more. They just keep coming!

Check ‘em out here with the running list of what has been posted, all in one place.

 

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?

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.

Tutorial: How To Fold Texts Within After Effects

In this tutorial, Ridvan Maloku explains a technique he developed to fold text, or any layer, on any angle that you want, right in After Effects. He explains some organizational strategies for Expression Controls and how you can have better control on your camera.

The Final Result

The Tutorial

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About Ridvan Maloku

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