Creating a clean key and a convincing composite are separate processes with different requirements. This tutorial will help you differentiate between the two, and give you the practical know-how for tackling a wide variety of green screen subjects.
The Keys to Success
Creating a good key requires the right type of subject, lighting, background and other factors. You’ll learn how to quickly evaluate your shots in order to determine if your subjects will key with very little adjustment or will require more of your time to finesse the key.
Become a Key-master
The Keyer effect in Final Cut Pro X works automatically as soon as you apply it but it’s rarely perfect. Learn when you should tweak your key vs. building one from scratch, and how to work through the keying parameters in a logical fashion in order to get the best results.
Make it all Come Together
Even if you’ve achieved a clean key, your subject may not composite well depending on factors such as perspective, lighting, reflections, choice of background and more. We’ll show you how to improve your composites through a combination of tools and techniques that will help sell the shot to your viewers.
Mark Spencer is a bay-area based producer, editor, teacher and writer. Mark is also an Apple-certified instructor for Final Cut Pro X and Motion 5 and the author or coauthor of 5 books on Motion, including the Apple Pro Training Series Motion 5, all from Peachpit Press.Full Bio