One of the additional controls you have at your disposal in Adobe After Effects is the ability to refine a scene with lights. By using 3D lights, you can better match the foreground and the background to get a more believable composite. In this video, Richard Harrington demonstrates how to use 3D lights in After Effects to enhance a key.
- While After Effects is known for its 2D…or two-and-a-half D work, it does actually support…3D environments and 3D lighting.…Those lights can create colors and shadows…and be quite useful.…Let me show you how I use lights to improve my chroma key.…I'll open up sequence 4.6 here called Lights,…and I want to make a small change.…If you look at this here, there's nothing wrong with this…but it doesn't feel quite right.…What I want to do is make the lighting match…a little bit better.…
To start, I need to promote this to a 3D layer,…and I can also turn the wall into a 3D layer.…Let's go ahead and take a look here at 2 Views…for a moment.…And we'll just zoom this one out.…Comma key will pull you back a little bit,…and that's the active camera.…And over here on the right, I'm looking at this from above,…and what I want to do is press P for position…and move the wall further away along the z axis,…putting it behind my subject a bit,…so it can cast a shadow.…
Now that works well, and if you don't want to see that…from the top view, try a view like Custom View 1.…
- Keying in Premiere Pro vs. After Effects
- Importing footage to key
- Stacking layers in Premiere Pro
- Using the Ultra Keyer
- Using KEYLIGHT
- Enhancing a key with 3D lights
- Deciding when to use a third-party tool
- Processing backdrops in Photoshop
- Exchanging transparency data
Skill Level Intermediate
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1. Deciding Where to Key Your Footage
2. Importing Footage to Key
3. Keying in Adobe Premiere Pro
4. Keying in Adobe After Effects
5. Selected Third-Party Keyers
6. Processing Backdrops in Photoshop
7. Backdrop Techniques
8. Exchanging Transparency Data
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