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A brief video tour of Chromanator

Posted: Tue, 13th Jan 2004, 4:53pm

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To fill the gap between last week's release and the imminent demo and Mac versions, we've put together a small guided tour of a couple of Chromanator's basic features. Much of this has already been covered in greater detail in previous news articles (see links below), but this video lets you see the interface in action.

Click here to download the video tour!

The latest
We're currently working hard on Pre-Release 2, which will fix bugs encountered in the P-R1 version and add some new features. The PC demo will accompany the P-R2 release and we're also moving as fast as we can on the Mac version. There are some good things on the way folks, hopefully the video tour will help pass the time between now and then.

Links
If you want to check out some of the other articles about Chromanator's interface, then try these links:

Read about the colour difference key.

Read about masking and garbage mattes.

Watch an example composite clip.

Video problems?
The video files is in DivX format, so if you have any trouble with playback be sure to download the latest codec from www.divx.com. Free codecs are available for both Mac and PC.
Posted: Tue, 13th Jan 2004, 5:01pm

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Holy crap Tarn, Chromonator is simply awesome.
That's a great video, not only for helping people but for also advertising.
Excellent Stuff!
Posted: Tue, 13th Jan 2004, 5:15pm

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Is this Tarn's sexy voice???

I like those visual manuals.
Great job!
Posted: Tue, 13th Jan 2004, 5:52pm

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Thanks guys, the video is a nice teaser for the Mac community smile
can't wait to get going.

Cheers!
Posted: Tue, 13th Jan 2004, 5:56pm

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Yeah, Tarns sexy voice and bad mic! wink Nice Job Tarn! But your a better writer! razz Nah, just kidding!
Posted: Tue, 13th Jan 2004, 6:02pm

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I'm afraid we can't afford Mr Voiceover yet, so you'll have to put up with me for now. smile
Posted: Tue, 13th Jan 2004, 6:45pm

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Hi !

That video is a nice easteregg till the demo comes out !

Very marvellous !!!!

Thx Tarn !
Posted: Tue, 13th Jan 2004, 7:47pm

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i downloaded the newest version of Divx but it locks up and only plays garbled. I did some research and supposedly the newest version has some bugs in it that can corrupt your system and make your other codecs fail. I would not recommend the newest version. As of now i might have to reload windows to get back to where i was. You might want to think of using a differant Codec for the time being for your previews or maybe use a previous release. It also trashed a friends machine.
From what ive seen chromanator looks great. Cant wait to get my own copy. smile
Posted: Tue, 13th Jan 2004, 7:59pm

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I hate you people who have it smile razz
Posted: Tue, 13th Jan 2004, 8:03pm

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Thanks Tarn. I bought Chromanator and I am loving it. The masking feature IS AWESOME , and now I will actually know how to use it.....thanks to your short video. Feel free to do more....PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEE !!!
Posted: Tue, 13th Jan 2004, 8:17pm

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Very good work!!!!! smile)

thank you!!
Posted: Tue, 13th Jan 2004, 8:21pm

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I'll do a comprehensive series of proper tutorials eventually, these are just quick things I'm throwing together in the meantime. It was originally going to be a tutorial for P-R1 users, but it handily also ended up being quite a good demonstration of Chromy as well.

As for the divx problems - I hadn't heard about that. For the proper tutorials we'll do alternative codecs, or stick to Quicktime.

Glad you guys like it - is there anything you'd like to see covered in the future?
Posted: Tue, 13th Jan 2004, 8:33pm

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since I entered the world fxhome I do not sleep any more....

Once again excel work!!!!

Sorry for my English because I am French......wink
Posted: Tue, 13th Jan 2004, 9:29pm

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that's cool, we fxhomers enjoy talking to non-english people biggrin
Most of us speak French/Spanish/German etc anyway.

excel (unless you're being short) = excellent
Posted: Tue, 13th Jan 2004, 9:59pm

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nice! i am even more excited for my christmas present. lol
wink nice video turorail, mabey that will answer a few question.
peace out unsure
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2004, 1:12am

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Tarn wrote:

As for the divx problems - I hadn't heard about that. For the proper tutorials we'll do alternative codecs, or stick to Quicktime.
I also had a real glitchy download. I heard Tarn start to talk, then it cut out and was pretty bad...fortunatly I could make out what was going on by watching closely, but it wasnt as much fun as it looked it would be. Another codec, or maybe just an alternative Quicktime file is something I'd appreciate greatly (dunno bout anyone else).
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2004, 1:43am

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Bought Chromator, and so far, I'm very happy with it. I've got a greenscreen out in the garage, and I'm learning how to use the program. It's great, I've wanted software like this for a long time.

Also looking forward to more of these video tutorials, please keep them coming. Great work on Chromanator.
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2004, 6:57am

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That was great man. Hope to get my hands on this great programme in the begining of February as my payslip just slipped away. ANY HOPE FOR A DEMO JUST TO GET A FEEL OF IT.
Sure is great like Alam dv. What about the upgrade of Alam DV 3??
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2004, 6:46pm

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Is there a way to download the video tour and other tutorials to a users hard drive. It would be very helpful to have acces to them while offline. Thanks
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2004, 7:00pm

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Just right click on the links and select 'save target as...', or the equivalent option in your browser. Then you can choose where to save them.
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2004, 8:08pm

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On a mac it is control + click.
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2004, 11:17pm

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Brettsta wrote:

On a mac it is control + click.
Not to say that Macs are inferior and cant have a right click. I have one and on X it didnt even need to run any drivers to install. (sorry, hardcore mac defender here). biggrin
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2004, 11:45pm

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Yea i went out and bought a microsoft mouse for my mac.. i needed that right click haha
Posted: Wed, 14th Jan 2004, 11:48pm

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More of these please biggrin

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NoClue & Slayer biggrin
Posted: Thu, 15th Jan 2004, 12:21am

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Can you do another codec like Quicktime. I really want to see.
Posted: Thu, 15th Jan 2004, 6:20am

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I had trouble with getting it to play back as well. It played for about 5 seconds, then froze on that image throughout the rest of the running time. With no audio. Took me an hour to download, too. sad Oh well. I'll try get it sorted somehow. I'll find a way to watch it.
Posted: Thu, 15th Jan 2004, 6:48am

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What about the upgrade of Alam DV 3??
Posted: Thu, 15th Jan 2004, 1:15pm

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What do you mean, what about it?
Posted: Fri, 16th Jan 2004, 1:14am

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Great work Tarn! You are the Tutorial Masta!

You still using Camtasia to capture on screen action?

Side Note: why not import the finished AVI to Camtasia and make it into a flash object? The last tute I did at work was rendered as a flash object. Almost everyone in the organization was able to view it with no probs. Took a bit of tinkering but the file size was rather small too. 10 minute tute totaled about 3.5 MB. Quality was very good!
Posted: Fri, 16th Jan 2004, 1:24am

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TARN! very sweet....how much do you get paid? You don't need to answer.

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Posted: Sun, 18th Jan 2004, 12:59am

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Any hints as to when Chromy Mac is making it's debut?
Posted: Wed, 21st Jan 2004, 6:32am

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Any news about the long waited AlamDV3?
Posted: Wed, 21st Jan 2004, 6:41am

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NO and NO!!
Posted: Wed, 21st Jan 2004, 1:35pm

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so are u trying to say thats a no?
Posted: Tue, 27th Jan 2004, 2:53am

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Just wondering, what screen capture program do you use? And if you use Riverpast, what codec do you use? Thanks