Adobe After Effects CC

How to fix faulty green-screen footage

Learn how to get better keying results from compressed or badly shot green-screen footage with the new Key Cleaner effect and remove color spill with the Advanced Spill Suppressor controls. (Try it, 5 min)

FromBrian Maffitt

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One of the most common post-production techniques is shooting a performer in front of a blue or green screen, with the ultimate goal to key out the person and composite against a different background later. Adobe After Effects has long had excellent keying tools but for years it has been accepted that there’s only so much you can do with a bad piece of footage. This situation has improved now with two effects in the 2014 release of After Effects CC.

Learn how to get better keying results from compressed or badly shot green-screen footage with the Keying effects and remove color spill with the Advanced Spill Suppressor controls.

Download the sample files and try it out for yourself.

Use Key Cleaner (0:30); Apply Keylight (1:16); Use Advanced Spill Suppressor (3:50)

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Brian Maffitt

Brian is President and Chief Creative Officer of Total Training. He is devoted to great training, crafted by an extraordinary creative team for exceptional customers. Brian also produced many award-winning software plug-ins for After Effects, including "Shatter" — which Adobe acquired and now bundles in After Effects. Brian's plug-ins have been featured prominently in untold commercials and films, including The Incredibles. Follow him on Twitter: @bmaffitt.


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