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Chromanator Pre-Release 1 now available

Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 3:12am

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Click here to download Chromanator!

Chromanator Pre-Release 1 released

At long last the first version of Chromanator is available! Currently only the retail version is available for download, so if you have not yet bought your copy you will need to wait until the demo is released in a few days or make a quick visit to the FXhome.com store.

Those of you who have pre-ordered Chromanator will already have received an email with your serial key. All you need to do is download and install the program, then follow the on-screen instructions. You'll be chromanating in no time!

A demo and the full Mac version will be arriving at FXhome.com soon.

What's in and what's out
Pre-Release 1 is not the final version of Chromanator - we have some exciting updates planned for the near future. Chromanator will be in constant development for most of its lifetime, in an attempt to constantly hone and improve it as we learn more about how you all like to use it. Pre-Release 1 has the main functions in place, but we're already planning an update which will include lots more functionality.

Here's a quick rundown of what's already in place and ready to use:

• Full garbage matte system
• A selection of keying tools, including colour difference (for greenscreening)
• Fully tweenable animation system
• A selection of grading tools
• OpenGL high quality off-screen rendering
• Interlaced and progressive support

Things to look forward to:

• Independent masking system
• More keying tools to help key less perfect footage
• Many more grading tools
• Effects tools (various blurs, for example)
• Improved image support (currently only 32-bit images work)
• Timeline playback
• Lots of interface tweaks based on all your feedback!

Feedback
Crucial to Chromanator's development are your opinions. Let us know what you think - good and bad. Let us know what else you would like to see in the program, how it feels to use, what ideas you have for your movies. We want to hear it alll!

We hope you like it!
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 3:14am

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A Small step for human kind, A big step for CSB!

congrats
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 3:15am

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THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

WAHOOO


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Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 3:17am

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Congrats to the CSB guys. Woot!

PJ
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You have brought tears to my eyes... smile


-johnny
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 3:24am

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for once this week I'm not mad! In fact...I'm kindda GLAD!!! smile smile
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Guys I've been reinstalling one of my pc's today - just to pass some time lol - and cleaning my flat from top to bottom - now I have a reason to just chill out for a couple o' hours wink

THANK YOU GUYS!!!

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Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 3:38am

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There is a long way to go yet guys. This is basically the bare bones of Chromanator with under half the filters and tools the final version will have. Whats great is that we've got more people to help shape the future of the program, and more people to test.

We've had a great team of beta testers on the program so far but their range of machines can not compare to all of yours. The next few weeks are going to be interesting, but finally we can do this as a big team again and make Chromanator fantastic.

Thank you to all the pre-orders people - you really helped us in a sticky situation and we are so sorry for the delays. Hats off to all the beta testers (their names are listed on the splash screen of the program) who have done a fantastic job fitting themselves around our random updates - you all provided quality information and I'm sure you'll continue to do so.

My thanks also goes out to Tarn and Tim for the endless nights of hell I've inflicted upon them.

Finally I would like to thank Malone and my dad smile . Without Malone there would be no CSB and I'm really lucky to have my best mate as my business partner. As for my dad, without his support CSB wouldn't still be here - I hope we can make it up to him in the future.

Thanks everyone, and goodnight...
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 3:40am

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*holds together with random forum members*

It has been emotional...
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 3:42am

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When do you think you'll have tutorials up?
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 3:46am

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Thats a question for tarn I think. Most stuff is covered in the manual I think... (I should know really wink )
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 4:12am

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Now that the program is out, I can finally turn my attention towards the tutorials. Of course, it's going to be a hugely busy time, what with supporting and improving Chromanator, prepping AlamDV3 and doing the Chromanator tutorials.

But we'll get it done somehow. smile
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SFX-Spaz wrote:

When do you think you'll have tutorials up?
Give the manual a read, its actually very good and you learn a lot about the history of some of the processes you will be using while working with Chromanator!

Tarn did a good job on the manual.. most manuals bore me stupid, yet this one actually taught me lots biggrin
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 4:14am

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It's finally arrived!!!! YAY!! Many congrats go out to the CSB digital team. Now you guys go get some rest because you deserve it. I, in the meantime, well you know what i'll be doing... Thanks again! biggrin
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 4:39am

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Remember, if any of you have any questions about the use of the program, or would just like some tips, stop by #fxhome and we'll be sure to help. biggrin
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Caught me off-gaurd there CSB, heh. Excellent program.
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 5:01am

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Serdar3500 wrote:

Caught me off-gaurd there CSB, heh. Excellent program.
And you expected something less than excellent?

Its cool, I've so far managed to chromanate Sollthar's The Test, and have him kinda walk on a turtles back from Finding Nemo.

biggrin
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 5:05am

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CSB-Digital brings a tear to my eye... biggrin
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 5:08am

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Congrats and best of luck to the entire CSB team!
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 6:07am

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Thank you! I knew staying up late would be worth it!

Again, thanks for all your hard work!,
Adam twisted
PS I better get it now. I really am quite grateful it's done:)
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 6:31am

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its out yippy! this is the moment we have all been waiting for, excpect that the mac version will come out soon, which will be even better.
biggrin Thank you CSB digital you are my heros cool
peace out to all Fxhome users
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 7:50am

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Congratulations! I have waited for this moment since some time in April when you said it should arrive.

biggrin biggrin
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 7:55am

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Just a quick question. The program does not seem to point to the manual. Under held all picks come up menu item coming soon. To find the manual I had to go to Program Files/Chromanator/Documentation.

Is this an oversight? Oh and more importantly CONGRATULATIONS.

Must be almost as joyous occassion for you as the birth of my children were for me!

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Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 8:46am

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cool Nice cool
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 9:57am

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I've been playing about with it for about 30 minutes and so far it's absolutly fantastic, got some wonderfull keys and I haven't figured out hardly any of the controls yet!!

I'm very impressed!!

Nice one guys - good work, and well worth the wait.

cool
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 10:13am

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AndrewtheActorMan wrote:

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!

WAHOOO


Andrew biggrin
This pretty much covers my feelings at the moment, except my name is John, but Andrew is my brother. i apologize for my comments directed at you yesterday, i was annoyed about a lot of things, and this is the only outlet for any of these things.
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 10:29am

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For those that dont have access to a chroma screen right now, but want to play with their newly downloaded copy of Chromanator..

Some sample screens and stuff can be found here..

http://www.thefoundry.co.uk/ae_downloads1.html#example

look for the KEYLIGHT Examples
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 10:41am

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I really need help. I'm using hotmail as my email thingy and it won't let me download the key file. It gets to the virus scan screen and then stops.
I've also tried downloading it through Outlook Express but the attachment is greyed out.

HELP!

Rawree.
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 12:39pm

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pboniface - Thanks. I can have a play now. smile


CSB - Guys, I never doubted you for a minute biggrinbiggrinbiggrinbiggrin

Well Done and Thanks.

Now go get some Sleep!

NoClue
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 12:44pm

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Rawree wrote:

I really need help. I'm using hotmail as my email thingy and it won't let me download the key file.
Malone has posted a new topic in the Chromanator help forum about problems obtaining the serial from a web-based email account, I'm sure that will sort you out:

link - Key Attachment Problems (for people using web based mail)

- Tim
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 1:46pm

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Question to those of you who already own this. Could you post a sample showing your "bad" green screen and the keyed out version? I am willing to buy this software prior to using it in a demo but I really need to see something.
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 1:56pm

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The demo will be coming real soon. There are only a couple of keying tools in this Pre-release, we currrently have atleast 5 more key tools to add before the final release which all help with those less than prefect green screens.

I would recommend checking out the next few releases if you get problems like a white trailing line of your green screen objects - this is common with single ccd minidv cameras and we have tools to help you work against this in our next releases.
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 2:10pm

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Hi Schwar. When you say real soon you mean hours of days? What I am looking for Sir, is the ability to do what you guys were able to do in the demo of a Marine rapelling. I am now experiencing a lot of green spill and your spill supression feature will either help me get paid or I will have to reshoot a big part of my project. HELP. When do you anticipate ( please be conservative ) the final release?
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 2:12pm

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The currently available version is perfectly capable of doing the marine composite. In fact, it's what I used for it. smile
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To everyone involded, you've done great work.

I want to particularly point out the interface....you managed to keep alements of AlamDV2 (the timeline) while adding additional new interface toolsets to the interface. This is very much like using Flash or Dreamweaver MX, so it was really easy to grasp.

I don't have any green screen footage, but have been playing around a lot with garbage mattes. Sky replacement here I come!

Last, I use Vegas, which does not have tools for garbage mattes so Chromanator was a necessary tool for me, and at this price is a steal.

I hope you have fantastic success with this program.
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I'll lookforward to the demo.
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Hey MONTEGO. I'm a die hard Vegas users myself but you're right about the gabage mattes. I think it looks like Chromanator might be what's missing from Vegas.
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RafalK, the basic keying tools in Vegas are pretty good, and I've been able to use the secondary color corrector to enhance green and blue screen footage. But besides the cool garbage matte facility of Chromanator, you get much more control of your keys than in Vegas.

You won't be siappointed with purchasing Chromanator. It is REALLY good.
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Rawree wrote:

I really need help. I'm using hotmail as my email thingy and it won't let me download the key file. It gets to the virus scan screen and then stops.
I've also tried downloading it through Outlook Express but the attachment is greyed out.

HELP!

Rawree.
As I was on my video editing pc I don't have outlook installed and I had to connect via webmail also - so just incase this could help anyone, what I got from MSN was the the content of the *Chromanator.csbkey* file in text format - just copy and paste this into a notepad file and then save as Chromanator.csbkey instead of text file...Then save it somewhere you can easily point Chromanator too when you need the key
Just a quick tip!

x
smile

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edit: whoops! I just saw the post by csb guys telling exactly the same thing lol

x
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Chromanator is excellent I expected it to be good but its even better than what I expected.

Will the final release be able to blur the edges of a composite and what other grading tools will it have?

And again Well done CSB!!
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every time i put my credit info it it says sorry cant accept, tried it like 6 times.
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rmw wrote:

Will the final release be able to blur the edges of a composite and what other grading tools will it have?
The garbage mattes have a feather which will blend the edges better, there are also going to be blurring effects added in the next Pre-Release.
Posted: Sat, 10th Jan 2004, 7:34pm

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You Vegas users should post in the forums. WHen I mentioned Chrominator not one person seemed to notice. Funny seeing die hard VV users here. smile I was looking forward to the demo, but I guess this seems to be a demo that you have to purchase. LOL! smile So is the full "demo" going to be usable by everyone without having to purchase a key? I am guessing it will be like AlamDV in that it will be fully usable but will render with a watermark?
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OK, ready or not, let's see what this baby can do. Where's my credit card?
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i have now had a go and am very impressed with the speed at which you can get a decent result, i again apologize for my comments. i don't at the moment have access to any green screen footage of my own, but within 2 minutes i had keyed out the green screen and worked out the easy garbage matte on the easier side of the marine comp, with only a few shadows on the green screen that i would like to work out and then i see this

schwar wrote:

The demo will be coming real soon. There are only a couple of keying tools in this Pre-release, we currrently have atleast 5 more key tools to add before the final release which all help with those less than prefect green screens.
and my jaw drops in a cartoon manner, while my tongue rolls out like a red carpet, and my eyes expand tard crazy eek hugegrin
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Just a question. In the manual it states that to keep the authorisation you need to update at least once every four months. I look forward to seeing new updates and improvements, but I am wondering how long will we be required to udate? Will there be a point when there are no required updates.
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The updates are both for the addition of new features/repairing bugs and security, to keep malicious magic-codes locked down.
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Just to let you guys know that I've been using it on my system running Windpws 98 se, and it is very stable. It flys!