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What should I buy?

Posted: Thu, 12th Mar 2009, 3:18pm

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debris11

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Hi!

Until a few days ago, I was pretty sure I was going to buy EffectsLab Pro in a few months. But since I put up waht I call my "blue screen", I have been pondering whether to purchase Composite or EffectsLab Pro.

I would like some reccomendations and help on which product to buy from you guys.

N.B If I purchase CompositeLab in a few months, I may think about getting PhotoKey 2.

Thanks,

Debris11 biggrin
Posted: Thu, 12th Mar 2009, 4:03pm

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B3N

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Effectslab: This product allows you to add effects and stock footgae to your videos.

Compositelab: This one lets you add stock footage as well but you can't create any effects, it focuses on color correction and green/blue screening.

Visionlab: If you can fork out for it, it does what both of the above products can do smile

If you have a screen, then I'd suggest Compositelab and pay for a bunch of Stock footage, No Control Cinema's packs are nice to use.
Posted: Thu, 12th Mar 2009, 4:45pm

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Sollthar

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If you have already put up a bluescreen, I'd also recommend you either go with Compositelab or VisionLab, if you can afford it.

Compositing abilities give you the chance of working with stock footage. And most of Effectslab effects can also be achieved with Stock footage, but not vice versa.
Posted: Fri, 13th Mar 2009, 1:44pm

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debris11

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Thanks!

OK, so maybe I cant go for VisionLab, but I will think about CompositeLab.

Debris11 razz
Posted: Sun, 15th Mar 2009, 9:05am

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cavickers

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you must have exactly a blue or greenscreen.if you try use a blanket for e.g the keying will not be perfect
Posted: Sun, 15th Mar 2009, 5:06pm

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debris11

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Thanks Ricam!

I will get FXLab then.

Oh, by the way, I did use a blanket, that is why "blue screen" was in inverted commas!

Debris11 cool

N.B I will still think about Photo Key.
Posted: Sun, 15th Mar 2009, 6:00pm

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Axeman

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ricam is somewhat incorrect. You can use a lot of different things for a screen for keying purposes. A proper bluescreen or greenscreen simplifies things, and will make it easier in general, but isn't a necessity. As long as the background is a bright, solid blue or green, it doesn't matter if its an actual chroma screen or a blanket or a bedsheet or just some cloth you picked up at the fabric store. If its set up and lit correctly. the assortment of keying filters in CompositeLab or VisionLab is designed to cope with not-quite-chroma-green backgrounds, poor lighting, and the like.

But as ricam says, it is more likely that you will run into less than perfect keys and other problems using makeshift gear. He is right about that part.