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Old February 5th, 2007, 07:22 AM   #1
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AE bad key with hair

Ok I have a problem. I'm pretty new to keying footage in general and I'm using AE to key out a lady in front of a poorly lit green screen. The majority has been keyed out using a difference matte which seems to work pretty well. But her hair is really light and on the top and one of the sides it just disappears whenever I key out the reset of the remaining green with a color key. It's definitely spill and I'm using the spill suppressor on top of the difference key and a regular color key. It's just a real big pain. I'm wondering if there is any way I can tell AE not to touch her hair/head.
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Old February 5th, 2007, 08:03 AM   #2
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As I see you have tried most of the keying tools. Perhaps some additional plugins would help. The right lighting is very important if you are shooting against a blue/green screen. Check out the following:

Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects: Volume 2: Advanced Techniques, Trish and Crish Meyer.


Creating Motion Graphics with After Effects, Vol. 1: The Essentials

In one of those books the Meyers are discussing the hair issue.

Good luck

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