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render with alpha?

Posted: Thu, 9th Dec 2004, 9:11pm

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GrayMatter

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hi... I'm looking to use Chrominator to create a clean render with alpha info (e.g. uncompressed AVI) that I can then bring into my NLE and lay over an existing background... is this possible? After playing with the demo, and scanning the help files, I can't figure out if this is the deal. It looks like maybe only complete clips with no alpha can be generated, but I'm a litttle slow on the uptake sometimes wink

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Graham Easterly
Posted: Fri, 10th Dec 2004, 6:42am

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Redhawksrymmer

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Im don't think you can do this with Chromanator. Yet razz . In christmas there will be a mammoth update of Chromanator, which that function may be in.
Posted: Fri, 10th Dec 2004, 12:25pm

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GeeksGoneBad

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Why don't you just do the composite in Chromy?
Posted: Fri, 10th Dec 2004, 4:52pm

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GrayMatter

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Well, I'm really not trying to sound like a smarty-pants, but the project as a whole is very complex, with up to 15 alpha channels and/or title tracks at a time, with critical audio timing... the in/out points for each chrom-keyed element are very dynamic, and the thought of trying to pre-prepare all these clips (over 200 sometimes) in another application is unrealistic: Vegas (my NLE of choice for years) is definitely the tool for the job. All I need is better Chroma-key functionality (as mainstream as keying is these days, I really thought Sony would have a more powerful Chroma filter by now, but alas, not yet).

The only reason I'm comtemplating Serious Magic's Ultra, is because it makes it so easy to set your key up, then with a single click, generate a 32 bit, cleanly matted subject that can be edited with full flexibility in my NLE. Obviously if Chromy could do this, it is a no-brainer purchase at 1/8 the cost. (Serious Magic is taking serious sdvantage of being first to market with a good DV-centric chroma app - hopefully FXHome will be a reasonable cost solution that will CRUSH them - lol...)

BTW, I hardly ever show up on the boards here, 'cause AlamDV has served me so well for the bast 2-3 years for all my little effects needs (admitedly, not that much) with no problems... Good luck wit the roll out of the new GUI and product line guys!
Posted: Fri, 10th Dec 2004, 5:19pm

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GeeksGoneBad

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ah... well that explains it! smile LOL

I too use Vegas for just about everything...

So Serious Magic is a stand alone program? I've got the DVMattPro plug in from DVGarage and it works great for DV.. Of course it's an After Effects plug in...