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How Good Is Chromanator?

Posted: Fri, 15th Jul 2005, 6:01am

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carda

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I have some questions to ask, and was wondering if Chromanator is what I was looking for. Here are the following questions.

1. Does it work well with frizzy hair?
2. Are the edges choppy when cutting out an actor?
3. Will it work with Divx Pro?
4. Is it possible to do moving scenes with characters and backgrounds?
5. Is Chromanator good enough? or is there one that will work better that
is as close in price range?

I've been wondering these for some time, and thought maybe you guys could help me out.

All help or suggestions will be appreciated.
Posted: Fri, 15th Jul 2005, 6:24am

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Hendo

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Rating: +2

IMO, Chromanator gives you incredible flexibility to work with whatever quality footage you have. If you have perfectly lit green/blue screens and subjects then there are a lot of chromakey tools around that will pull off a good key, and Chromy is one of them.

But in addition to that, it has great tools to cater for less than perfect footage. Or blatantly terrible footage, as was the case for me a few months ago. :-)

Before:


After:


Have you played with the demo version? It will let you test out all its features, except for opening/saving projects and I think it either disables rendering or adds a watermark.
Posted: Fri, 15th Jul 2005, 10:38am

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Simon K Jones

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carda wrote:

1. Does it work well with frizzy hair?
This depends on the quality of your greenscreen, camera, lighting and filming technique. With good quality footage, Chromy should be able to pull a very convincing key off frizzy hair.

However, if your greenscreen setup is sub-standard it will become a more difficult job. When it comes to greenscreen compositing, most of the hard work comes from getting your greenscreen set up correctly in the first place - once you do that, the actual compositing in Chromanator should be simple.

But as Hendo mentioned, even if you have a dodgy screen (and Hendo's example is possibly the worst I've ever seen!) Chromanator can do some remarkable things, although if you're dealing with fine details like frizzy hair you'll want the best greenscreen setup you can get.

2. Are the edges choppy when cutting out an actor?
Again, this depends mainly on your greenscreen setup. However, there are several tools that enable you to smooth out edges of a comp, so it shouldn't be a problem. If you have a real problem (say if the footage came out badly), you can always use the garbage matte system to manually composite a layer. This is time consuming, but entirely possible.

Check this tutorial out for more in-depth info:

http://fxhome.com/support/tutorials/view.php?i=5

The other tutorials are worth looking at to get an overview of some of Chromy's abilities.

3. Will it work with Divx Pro?
While I have used divx successfully, we certainly wouldn't recommend it. Divx is not a good format for editing purposes as you will invariably lose lots of image detail. It's far better to use a DV codec or go uncompressed while editing. Divx should only really be used when you are creating your final version for internet viewing.

4. Is it possible to do moving scenes with characters and backgrounds?
Yes, every layer can be animated and repositioned around the frame as required.

5. Is Chromanator good enough? or is there one that will work better that is as close in price range?
I can't really answer that first part, as I'm rather biased. smile However, I very much doubt you'll find anything even near its price that is as good.

Let us know if you have anymore questions.
Posted: Fri, 15th Jul 2005, 1:24pm

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Klut

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Just for fun.
After I saw sin city, I really liked the stile that movie had, so I found this picture after a quick google search


And used Chromy and a random backdrop picture and made this

Bad quality in that image, I know, but that's cause I didn't render full quality.
Gives you an idea though.
Posted: Fri, 15th Jul 2005, 1:35pm

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Mellifluous

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Hendo, that's awesome! LMAO

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Posted: Fri, 15th Jul 2005, 4:58pm

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carda

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Ok thanks Tarn--I think I will go try the Chromanator demo.

Thanks for all the help.
Posted: Sat, 16th Jul 2005, 5:00am

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Rabbit Hole Pictures

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its a great program.

one thing i realized is you need to have good lighting tho.

i have frizzy hair, and i get perfect cuts.

the garbage matte systems are good too, so if you need to bring the camera far back, and you have some of the wall in screen, you can just cut it out with a garbage matte.

its really good, get it yo!