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Posted: Mon, 4th Jun 2007, 11:11pm

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SANbadboy

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I just got the demo and have looked at the tutorials and I REALLY like what I see. I'm thinking abot getting the $250 package cause I just make movies for enjoyment. Does that sound good? Anyways, Could I edit my movie in Pinnalce Studios 9 then put it into FXHome for editing.

Thanks!

Edit: Also, can you do green screen in the VisionLab demo?
Posted: Mon, 4th Jun 2007, 11:55pm

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Axeman

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Yes, yes and yes.

Many users on this forum use Pinnnacle for editing. As long as you export to an .avi or .move file, you can import it to any of the Lab products no problem.

The VisionLab demo is just that, a demo, so feel free to download it and try out the greenscreening tools for yourself. All of the tools and filters in the demos are fully functional, you just can't save, and anything you render will be watermarked.
Posted: Tue, 5th Jun 2007, 12:05am

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OK, I'm glad Pinnacle will work.

However, My demo doesn't have greenscreen, only GRADE, NEON, PARTICLE, MUZZLE FLASHES and OPTICS.

Greenscreen is what I really wanted to see sad

Any help?
Posted: Tue, 5th Jun 2007, 12:10am

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Greenscreen is NOT an effects engine, so it won't be found in those tabs.

Try the text turtorial here:

http://fxhome.com/support/tutorials/view.php?i=13
Posted: Tue, 5th Jun 2007, 5:06am

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The old Chromanator tutorials are still useful for demonstrating the general concept of certain effects, and how to execute them, but for the purpose of familiarizing oneself with the current programs, the Chromanator tutorials will not be the most beneficial; at least not when there is more current material available, which will be much more affective.

For reading material, the manuals that accompanied your VisionLab Studio demo should prove to be a good read, providing exactly this sort of information. A quick read through the quick start guide should have you well on your way to keying footage successfully. I also recommend the video tutorial, which covers the fundamentals of keying with CompositeLab and VisionLab.

Enjoy the program.
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Posted: Tue, 5th Jun 2007, 5:08am

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Indeed, the toolsets for greenscreening, and all other types of keying, are found on the timeline. The resources that Wizard recommended ought to get you up to speed on the details in no time.
Posted: Tue, 5th Jun 2007, 7:06pm

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What format is best for the program?
Posted: Tue, 5th Jun 2007, 10:42pm

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If by format you mean what codec should you use for your footage, there isn't really a straightforward answer. if you just want the highest quality, HD is better than SD (obviously). If you are working with ST, uncompressed .mov or uncompressed .avi will maintain the highest quality. If you are willing to sacrifice a bit of quality to keep file sizes from being monstrous, any .mov or .avi codec should work fine in the programs, and it really is a matter of preference which one you decide to use.
Posted: Wed, 6th Jun 2007, 12:32am

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SANbadboy

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How good is my camera? I have a JVC GR-D73U miniDV. I think it is why I'm having greenscreen problems, my picture quality sucks. sad

By the way: Thanks for all the help!
Posted: Wed, 6th Jun 2007, 3:09am

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if its miniDV, then even with a cheap model the quality should be sufficient. More likely the difficulties you are having stem from poor lighting. Is it possibe for you to post a frame or short clip of your footage? If we can take a look at it we can more easily identify where your problems lie and offer suggestions of what you could do to improve it.
Posted: Wed, 6th Jun 2007, 5:33am

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I can't post any screenies, but should the greenscreen be lit much more then me?
Posted: Wed, 6th Jun 2007, 2:51pm

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There are quite a few posts that discuss greenscreen lighting; a search ought to bring up some info for you.

Also, here's an article that discusses it a bit.

The keys are enough light in general, keeping even lighting on the greenscreen, and keeping a good distance between the screen and the talent. If your actor is too close to the screen, or if you don't light him and the screen seperately, you will get green spill all around him, and the key gets more difficult.