Keylight

This is the plug-in that currently ships with After Effects 7 Professional. This new version of Keylight is derived from the version originally created for high-end software-editing systems for the professional film industry and is simple and easy to use. If you have this plug-in installed, you probably won't need anything else for your general keying needs. It does an overall great job and retains the texture and subtle nuances of the keyed material's highlights and shadows. You may have to install it separately if you purchased the Professional version of After Effects 7.

In most cases, a single click of the Eyedropper from within the plug-in will give you great results with either green-screen or blue-screen shots. With the background layer and blue-screen or green-screen layer (also known as the chroma key layer) placed on top in the Comp window, select the Keylight plug-in from the Effects menu (Effects > Keying > Keylight). Use the Eyedropper tool in the Effects window and select the blue or green chroma background (Figure 9.1). If you have a clean shot of the chroma key layer, then even details such as fine hair will be nicely composited with the background layer at this point.

Figure 9.1

One simple click with the Eyedropper tool in the Keylight effect plug-in will give you good results most of the time without the need for further adjustments.

Figure 9.1

One simple click with the Eyedropper tool in the Keylight effect plug-in will give you good results most of the time without the need for further adjustments.

Note: If you don't have the Pro version of After Effects 7,then you can't use Keylight. Unfortunately,

The Foundry has not written a stand-alone plug-in for After Effects at the time of publication, so there is \ /

no demo version available at the time of publication.You may want to check with The Foundry online at <s>

www.thefoundry.co.uk.

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