Ultra CS3 Essential Training

with Chad Perkins
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Ultra CS3 Essential Training
Video duration: 0s 2h 44m Beginner


When working with digital video, it is often necessary to place people or objects into virtual scenes, typically by filming the subject in front of a green or blue screen and replacing the background. This process is called "keying," and it can be very difficult and time-consuming. Ultra is a full-featured application included free with Premiere Pro CS3 that aims to make high-quality keying fast and easy. In Ultra CS3 Essential Training, Chad Perkins explores the finer points of keying, as well as how to use Ultra's compositing tools and library of virtual sets and backgrounds. He also discusses how to shoot good footage for keying and how to export the results. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Placing and fine-tuning key points Understanding and suppressing spill Adding overlays and animated backgrounds Customizing virtual sets Creating reflections and shadows Animating virtual camera tracking Keying complex footage Creating HD projects with SD footage Working with audio Increasing Ultra's efficiency


- [Voiceover] Hello and welcome to Lynda.com's Ultra CS3 essential training. I am your host, Adobe certified instuctor Chad Perkins and what we're going to do in the course of this training series is introduce you and get you familiar with the basic workings of Ultra. Ultra's a new application acquired recently by Adobe Systems, used for keying. Ultra also comes with Adobe's powerhouse video software application Premiere Pro. Basically Ultra is a very powerful keying application.

I'll explain what keying is a little bit more in the next movie. Basically what it allows us to do is composite footage such as this model here on top of cool backgrounds. Now one of the cool things I really like about Ultra that you'll see as we go through this training series is that Ultra was designed to be a standalone application. It wasn't designed to come with Premiere Pro. So it's actually a very full featured little program here. So as we go through this training series you'll see that Ultra can do a lot more than just get rid of a green screen, which it does remarkably well.

It also is a nice little compositing tool. It also comes with a whole wealth of backgrounds and all sorts of stuff that we're going to be looking at as well. So let's just jump right in to it and talk a little bit more about what keying is in the next movie.

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