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Chromakey in Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro

In this week's episode, Brandon gives a step-by-step tutorial on how to use the Chroma Key effect in Premiere pro and Final Cut Pro.

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Video Transcript

Green screen? Does this sound familiar at all? If not, then go no further than looking directly behind my shoulder here. This is the example of the green screen that I used last week, in episode number 92. But this week I’m going to talk about how to use the green screen effect in your editing software, demonstrated in Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro. But if you want more information about how to set up and light the green screen properly, visit videomaker.com, in reference bit cast 36, or 68, as well as numerous articles pertaining to the subject. In Premiere Pro, move your clip into the Sequence viewer. Place the green screen footage on upper most layer of video tracks, and your background footage on the video tracks below. Next, go to Video effects, select Key, Color key; then drag your filter onto your footage in the Sequence viewer. Then, go into Effect controls, Video effects, and Color key. I open up Color key, I’m going to both filters, and adjust Color tolerance, Edge Thin, and Edge feather. To each layer, I play around with it until I get the desired effect I’m looking for. For this example, I have made two layers of the filter by dragging the second filter out of my footage. This will further help in customizing your effect to your specific desire. I adjust both filters to make sure that I have exactly what I’m looking for, my Chroma key results. For Final Cut users, we’re going to do the same effect in Final Cut Pro. First begin by dragging your clip into Sequence viewer on top of your background footage that you wish to key into your shot. Next, open up Effects, Video filters, Key, Chroma Key, then again drag this filter onto your footage in the Sequence viewer. Next, double-click your clip, bring it up in the viewer. Then find the Chroma key on the top. This will bring out your filter options. Adjust your Color, Saturation, and your Luma to the desired effect. Also adjust the Edge thickness, Softening and Enhancement until you get the effect just how you want it. For more information on creating and using the green screen, visit videomaker.com, and reference article number 13055, The Keys to Chroma Key. Additionally, reference article number 10914, Green Screen Lighting. For Videomaker presents, I’m Brandon Pinard, and this week’s Green Screen and Chroma Keys tips and tricks.