Join Chad Perkins for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating shadows in Ultra, part of Ultra CS3 Essential Training.
Now, we are going to look at creating shadows from scratch in Ultra and I actually prefer this method even if there are shadows…in the footage that we are using, that we are going to key the background out of.…The reason I prefer to create my own shadows is because we have a lot more control over them here in Ultra…than we do if they already come with our footage.…So, I'm using the Creating Shadows session you'll find in the Chapter 5 folder and basically here is our composite.…We have this hockey dude and there is red curtain background.…If we want to change the background to see what this looks like on black, we can right-click here in the Background swatch…and select Assign Black. That's a fairly decent key, it's only OK.…
Right-click again in this background thumbnail to select Reassign Last Source. It's kind of like a cheap version of Undo…and that takes us back to having the red curtain background but all in all it's fairly believable but shadows are going…to add another degree of believeability so we can really sell this shot.…
- 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
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting Started
2. Introducing Ultra
3. Basic Keying
4. Using Virtual Sets
6. Advanced Features in Ultra
7. Increasing Ultra's Efficiency
8. Shooting Good Footage for Keying
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