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Pre-purchase question.

Posted: Sat, 29th Nov 2008, 1:14am

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NLAlston

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Hello everyone.

I am new here, and am close to making a purchase of PhotoKey. I downloaded the PhotoKey demo, and kicked its tires with a couple of shots I was able to grab, against a relative's green screen. Talk about being impressed? Indeed I was - and greatly so. I found it almost obscene that such a monstrously capable program could be had at such an affordable price point. I am as new to chroma-keying as I am to this forum, and hope you don't mind the question I am about to ask.

I had downloaded the PhotoKey demo, but now see that there is a PhotoKey2 available. I was about to purchase that newer version, but decided that I would wait a bit, until I could amass a few more funds by which to avail myself of the package which includes a studio lighting kit. Searching through the product line a little deeper, I thought of the 'batch' program version, and wondered if I should just go with the PhotoKey2 - for now, and maybe upgrade at a later time - or spring for the batch version, at this time.

I could be wrong, but the 'batch' program seems to stem from the previous PhotoKey version. PhotoKey2 has the 'Masking' capabilities, with the 'Batch' program version showing no such indication of same. So it seems that I might gather the benefit of 'Batching', with the particular version featuring that - but lose the 'Masking' feature of the PhotoKey2 version.

If I am misinterpreting something here, please shed some illuminating light. As mentioned, I will most DEFINITELY be getting ONE of the versions, and any help in this would be most appreciated.

Advanced thanks to all.

Blessings,
Nathan
Posted: Sat, 29th Nov 2008, 6:08am

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Axeman

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I believe there are demos of both Photokey 2 and Photokey Batch available, so you could check them out if you like, but I can tell you that v.2 of Photokey is loads better than the original version, which was already pretty sweet. Batch is great for if you are doing event shoots or school photos or something of that sort.

Photokey 2 does have the masking feature, which is currently not available in Batch, but I suspect it won't be too terribly long before an update comes along with masking added. I'm not involved in the development though, so I really can't say for certain.
Posted: Sat, 29th Nov 2008, 6:53am

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NLAlston

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Thanks, Axeman.

I have mulled over this matter, ever since posting here, and think that I may just settle for v2. As far as lighting concerns go, I am going to do a little more researching into what may be the best bet for me.

I really think a lot of what I have been able to demo, in the program, and only wish that the positioning was handled by a grab & move manner, rather than with the sliders. Of course, this is something that may be implemented with an update - but which could also rest until the next released version (which would translate into an additional cash outlay). But again, I really don't see how I could go wrong - getting such a program for just a c-note.

Blessings,
Nathan