You are viewing an archive of the old fxhome.com forums. The community has since moved to hitfilm.com.

Composite Lab

Posted: Thu, 25th Dec 2008, 6:23pm

Post 1 of 7

Poseidon1231

Force: 510 | Joined: 1st Jan 2007 | Posts: 322

EffectsLab Pro User

Gold Member

Hey i was thinking about buying composite lab and is i worth buying it? also for cloning, so you have to use a green screen?
Posted: Thu, 25th Dec 2008, 6:33pm

Post 2 of 7

Biblmac

Force: 852 | Joined: 12th Jun 2007 | Posts: 1513

EffectsLab Lite User Windows User

Gold Member

I don't have composite lab, but have effects lab lite (no icon any more, sigh) anyway I was also thinking about getting it, and I think it is amazing for what it can do, try the demo and see what you think. Also if you want to clone without a green screen you can by just taking two clips, that were taken from a locked down camera in the same position, put one underneath the other and crop the clip so you can see the clip underneath.
Posted: Thu, 25th Dec 2008, 7:22pm

Post 3 of 7

Singwolf

Force: 1692 | Joined: 9th Dec 2007 | Posts: 174

VisionLab User VideoWrap User FXhome Movie Maker FXpreset Maker Windows User MacOS User

Gold Member

Poseidon1231 wrote:

Hey i was thinking about buying composite lab and is i worth buying it? also for cloning, so you have to use a green screen?
With composite lab, I would suggest you buy a greenscreen/bluescreen, because you'd be wasting some good money by not using the chromakey effect. You can still grade, but effectslab can do that too. (Composite lab, I'm asumming has a better grading engine) If you wanted to clone without greenscreen or chromakey, you would probably have to use masks, which you could do in effectslab, but can be extremely hard and timeconsuming if you don't plan it right. I've only had vision lab for like... lets see like 18 hours, but I've done some chromakeying with the trial, so I would ask someone who owns composite lab or vision lab for more information about it. Hope this helped some.
Posted: Thu, 25th Dec 2008, 8:56pm

Post 4 of 7

Axeman

Force: 17995 | Joined: 20th Jan 2002 | Posts: 6124

VisionLab User VideoWrap User PhotoKey 5 Pro User MuzzlePlug User PowerPlug User PhotoKey 3 Plug-in User FXhome Movie Maker FXpreset Maker MacOS User

SuperUser

CompositeLab doesn't have a better grading engine, but it has a lot more grading filters, so its more versatile.

All of the capabilities of the full version can be tried out in the demo, so download it and give it a go. It does render with a watermark, and alpha rendering has been disabled due to the watermark system. But you can find out exactly what it is capable of with the demo.

Greenscreens are so inexpensive that it doesn't make sense not to get one if you plan on doing any amount of compositing work.
Posted: Thu, 25th Dec 2008, 9:39pm

Post 5 of 7

Poseidon1231

Force: 510 | Joined: 1st Jan 2007 | Posts: 322

EffectsLab Pro User

Gold Member

Would it be easier to make or buy a green screen
Posted: Thu, 25th Dec 2008, 9:52pm

Post 6 of 7

Paradox Pictures

Force: 889 | Joined: 18th Mar 2008 | Posts: 387

CompositeLab Pro User EffectsLab Pro User VideoWrap User FXpreset Maker Windows User

Gold Member

Well it truly depends on what you are going to be using it for. Composite lab pro is used for pro green screening and advanced color grading.
Posted: Thu, 25th Dec 2008, 9:55pm

Post 7 of 7

Axeman

Force: 17995 | Joined: 20th Jan 2002 | Posts: 6124

VisionLab User VideoWrap User PhotoKey 5 Pro User MuzzlePlug User PowerPlug User PhotoKey 3 Plug-in User FXhome Movie Maker FXpreset Maker MacOS User

SuperUser

Well, essentially a greenscreen is just a piece of cloth colored green. So if you wanated to dye some cloth yourself you certainly could, but buying one would probably be easier. And the ones you buy are assured to be the correct shade of green for optimal keying. And you can just go find some green cloth as well, but again, a proper greenscreen is going to be the correct color, while getting cloth somewhere else probably won't be, though you can probably find something close. The material doesn't have to be exactly green for keying, but if it is, it makes it easier. And as I mentioned before, they are really inexpensive, so I don't see much purpose in not getting a proper one. TubeTape has greenscreens starting at $15 US.