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Old August 25th, 2008, 06:46 PM   #1
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Best Green Screen Custom Preset?

Didn't know if there were any settings I could tweak to get a better key in post.

I've got the pedestal pretty far down to reduce noise after the keying, but any other suggestions to get great color and a great key?
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Old August 26th, 2008, 05:19 AM   #2
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for good result with chroma key you need good (and strong) lighting and good software if you dont have this, setting the camera wouldnt help you...
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Old August 26th, 2008, 02:54 PM   #3
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People are tall and skinny ...usually <grin>

Shoot sideways (Portrait) so you get 720 pixels tall instead of wide.

That extra horizontal resolution will help you more than anything in the DV world.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 05:26 PM   #4
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for good result with chroma key you need good (and strong) lighting and good software if you dont have this, setting the camera wouldnt help you...
I've got two 1000 watt portrait lights, and a 15 watt for a soft light.... I think I'm good there Doran.

Everything else is set up nicely...a 3 point lighting scheme, a good quality green screen.

I was only seeing if there's anything I can do in the camera to get ever nicer keys.

EDIT: I also edit on Premiere Pro CS3, FCE, and After Effects CS3
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Old August 26th, 2008, 06:06 PM   #5
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There is a little trick you can do with your Zebra settings to gauge how even the lighting is. Here is the example http://dvcreators.net/dv_enlightenment_greenscreen.mov

You'll want to eliminate hot spots so that your backdrop is the same brightness all the way across.

As far as getting 4:1:1 DV footage to key better via presets, I haven't found any settings on the XL2 that I would change at the expense of making the talent look worse. The best solution is still to shoot sideways.
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