121. Advanced Soft Keying
• Key out footage without eliminating the soft reflections
• Composite in 32bpc for more realistic blending
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Tutorial Notes:
Special Thanks to Brandon F. for helping develop this technique for After Effects!
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168 Responses to "Advanced Soft Keying"
ben
06/02/2014
i need to know where i can find good background plates for driving at night any ideas
yusuf
03/12/2014
Very cool. This tutorial was very helpful and well presented.
Thanks Andrew, Much appreciated
Regards.
kaps
11/29/2013
Hey Andrew, I saw your tutorial and its very helpful to me. Thanks for posting the tutorials and I have seen your video tutorials earlier also. Can you please do one favour for me because I am fresher in vfx industry and I have keen interest in making clean plate in photoshop. I want a video tutorial of a character moving in the scene and also the camera must be moving, I want that moving character to be removed from that scene and keeping the background same. I want the video tutorial done in photoshop so could you please forward me the video tutorial on kapilkalal91@gmail.com
Govinda
10/25/2013
Really grate tutorial... had fun... tnx and keep up (Y)
Jibril
06/24/2013
no kidding that nice & very useful, thank. From lion of Africa.
adi
06/11/2013
where can i get that road video
sebastian
05/07/2013
sometimes i feel like listening to a rocket scientist - cause i have no idea what you´re talking about. but absolutely genious tutorials. watched 5 yesterday cause i couldn't sleep
Paul
03/02/2013
You are funny haha !
Ross
03/02/2013
Sanks.
Farhad
02/16/2013
thanx, very nice
ProFocus
11/14/2012
This is an awesome technique and does great for semi-transparent situations. I'd like to use the same approach for saving fine detail around hair but on 100% transparent backgrounds. I'm getting close, but it seems the real trick here is to have the gain in the first KeyLight set below 100. Doing this will always make it semi-transparent - well in my tests so far. Is there a better approach to keeping fine detail around hair?
Behrooz RST
11/08/2012
Hey andrew....that was awesome...keep going...Thanx a lot...BR from Persia ;)
Shashwat
10/13/2012
hi, Andrew plz can u tell me the best requirement for my pc for these types of rendering and effects
Rajesh
09/10/2012
Hey Andrew, I saw your tutorial and its very helpful to me. Thanks for posting the tutorials and I have seen your video tutorials earlier also. Can you please do one favour for me because I am fresher in vfx industry and I have keen interest in making clean plate in photoshop. I want a video tutorial of a character moving in the scene and also the camera must be moving, I want that moving character to be removed from that scene and keeping the background same. I want the video tutorial done in photoshop so could you please forward me the video tutorial on my email id rajesh.kambli@gmail.com
thanks
Regards
Rajesh
AlegreFranz
09/03/2012
Hey Andrew, the project files don't have the Sam_Plate.mov you used in the tutorial! only Raw_BG and street_BG :( i'm sad now
Timber_Wolf_2
08/06/2012
There's a scream sound effect at 1:33/1:34. I have heard it in a zillion action films such as Star Wars, LOTR, Cars, just to name a few. But I have heard this sound effect so many times! WHY?! What's so special about that stupid unrealistic-sounding scream???? Is there an industry inside joke or something? Please!!! I must know!!
TheFox1
08/10/2012
The Wilhelm Scream.
faisal
07/05/2012
nice
Sagar
07/03/2012
Hi have been following ur tutorials from very long and seriously loved them all and this one too really helpful :D thanks a lot Andrew
chediel
07/03/2012
kaka wewe ni mkali. we need you here in tanzania
Timber_Wolf_2
06/11/2012
OK, AK, let me throw a curve-ball at you: Say I want to use this technique for keying someone with soft, whispy hair... Your advanced keying method works great for eliminating shimmer and artifacting and suppressing the green in hair, but it leaves an unfortunate gray glow or shadow under the semi-transparent parts of the hair whisps, or moving hair. Any further tips on fixing this?
David Ejibe
06/01/2012
thank God for giving you the opportunities to help dull brains like us i can now apply effects on my layer...from Nigeria
Kombi Studios
05/10/2012
Cool. Now i need a greenscreen, a car, a way to get the wrinkles out of the green screen and two horses.
:3
jon
05/09/2012
AWESOME
Mahboobeh
05/05/2012
Thanks a lot...
from Iran
Peyman
05/24/2012
Hi Mahboobeh
Doug Drexler
04/24/2012
Great tut once again, and oh, dude... you are one funny guy!!
Splash films inc.
04/14/2012
Andrew just gotta say that when I'm feeling down or something I say I have to go watch one of Andrew Kramer's tutorials. :)
R-CANE
04/09/2012
One of the best and useful tutorials I have ever seen! I love working with green screen and making it look natural, this tutorial helped me a lot!
Edvan Silva
04/09/2012
Tutorial super bacana, gosstei muito e aprendi muito com o vídeo copilot. Parabéns.

Edvan Silva

Brasil
Michael Schroll
03/29/2012
Hey, you are using keylight to delete the greenscreen in the background... But this only works in CS4, I have CS5 and with the color-keyer it doesnt work... so wold should I use for color keying?
Andrés Azuero
03/02/2012
How do you export the 5d footages when you are ready to work in post porduction? I have a canon 7d and I have the eos plug in for FCP. But, I want to know if there is another kind of procedures to export material!
Thx!
Ellie
02/21/2012
Another smash hit tutorial tx Andrew ur the best, greetings from Australia.
Pedram
02/03/2012
tanks .. Andrew for free download &&& TUTORIALS
kwaku nyantekyi
01/28/2012
I'm I the only one struggling to understand this? I feel so dumb right now. lol
sam
01/27/2012
Dude your work is like an inspiration of lifetime... and where the hell did you get your HUMOR, seriously? text while driving was like one of the best comedy scenes ever!
fiwe
01/20/2012
Ten Points from Germany! Thanks a lot again!!!!
JHIL Blanket
01/19/2012
You have been a tremendous blessing and mean of encouragement to me, God Bless you for me. You have inspired me further with this very one.
mwanted
01/05/2012
Rofl! that was sooooooo funny when you showed us when you text drove ROFL!
Stefano Bianchi
12/22/2011
Thank you Andrew.
It's great what you're doing for us.

Ciao from Italy to all the users from all around the world!
SEFA KÖZ
12/10/2011
very nice
BRANDON
11/30/2011
I am confused about the purpose of the precomped key.
I understand that the top layer with the key is used for a track matte. So there is less noise in the footage. But which key controls the amount of reflection in the window? And how can I reduce noise in it?
Sajjad
11/27/2011
hi
will you please put the tutorial file to download
we are having very difficulities with Internet In Iran. thank you
gemer
01/02/2012
i think you can download the tutorial... just click the Download Tutorial button... :)

iluyomadekehinde
11/29/2011
it is good
Raheel
11/21/2011
i want to join you Andrew..... plzzz
Casey
05/22/2012
Dude... There's no way you know as much about after effects as he does. He's gone deeper into the program than most experts at adobe...
blackpic2008
11/20/2011
thank you.
reza ???
11/20/2011
Thank you
from iran.persian
Ryan
11/18/2011
Well I did it, finally got through all of your tuts. Awesome, I've learned so much thanks to you. I can't wait to see what you come out with next and I know I'll be revisiting these tutorials often.

Thanks a ton for all you do Andrew!
Harry-indonesia
11/16/2011
Top banget, you hebat (you're great) thanks...
Evan
11/15/2011
this is awesome, as usual of course, always keep thinking of new methods.
felipe andres ramirz landaeta
11/15/2011
hola como descargo los demas plugins de keying por favor
Tornato7
11/10/2011
You, sir, are a genius. All of the subtle little changes you make really make your work look amazing.
Chrisje
11/04/2011
I thank God I found you! Lol! My first time learning about AE :)
GreenScreen
11/04/2011
When I download the Project files, and unzip them, all I get is a four-second silent clip some guy talking to someone off-camera.....
caooushi
11/03/2011
I love you! Andrew Thank you so much!:D
chandra
11/02/2011
very nice
Navin
11/01/2011
nice tutorial thanks.
sriharibabu
11/01/2011
hai andrew good tutorial soft keying good thankq
Aznan
10/31/2011
Hi,

Lov this tutorial..

Cant stop laughing at the "Texting & Driving" ...

keep it up... and we'll keep on supporting ur excellent JOB!
Sylvester
10/31/2011
Thumbs Up!!!!
cheers from Pakistan
Peter K.
10/27/2011
Hey Andrew,
Great tutorial as usual... two quick questions:

Is it possible to shoot this handheld as opposed to with sticks and achieve the same effect? In other words stabilize it in AE, key and ad background then revert the whole comp to look shaky?

Also - If you wanted to blow this comp up for projection (feature film work) - Does expanding the size as you did in the tutorial effect the projection quality in a big way (if you're shooting on a 7D)

Many Thanks!
MONGOLIAN MAN- bMax
10/26/2011
Hi Andrew, i'am Mongolian man, i like graphic design, i you too:D Good luck Andrew. my id bMax_ART@yahoo.com :D
Meeka
10/24/2011
Andrew, I just start useing green backgroung This is exactly what I needed thank you so much
thnaks
Dave
10/24/2011
What's the best way to retain the nice looking 32 bit lighting effects when you go back to a standard 8 bit .mov? In the past I've turned on 32 bit in AE and everything looks great, but when you render out to the standard 8 bit animation codec, it looks just like you where never working in 32. This is assuming that rending out to .exr and printing to film is not an option....
Chris D
10/23/2011
The wilhelm scream had me laughing. I love your style!
Chris
10/21/2011
That car off the cliff gag is the best youve ever made man! 5/5!
RAJ
10/21/2011
too good,sir u r the best.i have learned so much from u but i still confused with different blending modes and expressions of AE
RAJ
10/21/2011
too good,sir u r the best.i have learned so much from u but i still confused with different blending modes and expressions of AE
Michael Packer
10/19/2011
You guys totally break me up...and keep me interested in learning...
Andrew, Time for you to stop the b roll part acting and take a main role as an A Lister......
William
10/24/2011
I agree Michael. But I think Andrew is one of those smart guys who likes to be perfect at something before letting you know he does it. Why do you think he doesn't do 3d max tutorials??? When he's ready, WE'LL KNOW.
Camus360s
10/19/2011
Muchísimas gracias, no sé si sepan hablar o leer Español pero aún así les agradezco en mi idioma. Gracias por estos excelentes tutoriales que nos ofrecen.
neil anderson
10/19/2011
I really enjoyed this one. I love the quick, easy, and most of all, USEFUL tutorial. Thanks
Aniket Bhatt
10/19/2011
Im totally gonna use this


youtube:
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SERGIO
10/19/2011
ESO AnDrew, muy bueno, great you are the best my tanks for the teach
Brian Burch
10/19/2011
hi i just figured i would let you know i am 11 year old filmmaker using after effects and final cut 10 about a month ago i was able to meet Walter Biscardi and was the special guest at the atlanta cutters converince my mom went to high school with walter i enjoy watching your tutorials and it would be awesome if you could come to a atlanta cutters converince and if you could watch my youtube channel www.youtube.com/megaorcas it would be gladly appreciated
David
10/19/2011
Thanks for the tutorial!
Al-Asad
10/19/2011
Do tutorial about beard :D
Cr33D 3NSANE
10/19/2011
Yeah! Great Tutorial, have been looking forward to a new one :D
Medo
10/18/2011
"Because Sam Loya Doesn't Have Driving License!"


LOL !!!
Mst207777777
10/18/2011
good ! tutorial keep it' goin ! we following.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuDVAKI903w

Julian Springer
10/18/2011
Very good. Thanks for the keying tutorial. I have wasted so much time tinkering with all the setting in the past as i try to get it perfect. this will help a great deal.
Tim Rocker
10/18/2011
You are hilarious! I almost pissed my pants watching the texting scene. Tim
deydreamer
10/18/2011
another awesome tutorial, you rule!
Justin Melson
10/18/2011
How did he get 23.976 footage from the canon 5dmkII?
I thought it can only shoot in 30 fps?
VINCE
10/18/2011
they have a converter..remember???
VINCE
10/18/2011
OH THANKS GOD, ANOTHER TUTORIALS THAT I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR SOOO SOO LONG!!! nice job bro Andrew! :D
Dee
10/18/2011
Great tutorials!! as always. quick question, does 32 bits affect keying? due to color information?

thanks!

Dee
Steve
10/18/2011
Im not trying to one-up the all-mighty Andrew Kramer, but one method i use to get rid of noise in keyed footage is in Key Light, go to Screen Matte > Replace Method > Source. The default is different and I noticed in the tutorial Andrew didn't do that. Maybe Andrew had a reason, but I used that method and it worked great.
Either way, fantastic tutorial, and keep'em coming!
mst207777777
10/18/2011
@ Gary qian !then you will have called, all most knowing stuff but you stay a watcher anyways!
Sazarret
10/18/2011
Agree, I used to use that method to clean up the noise generated when keying images from DSLR cameras like 7D or 5D, till I found that most of that noise come from the 4:2:0 Chromatic Sub-sampling that those cameras output to their files. A very good workflow for me now is converting the native H.264 footage to Cineform or Apple ProRes HQ that interpolates the sub-sampling to 4:2:2 which is much easy to color correct and key.
I hope that tip can be useful for you too.

Excellent tutorial as usual. I learned a lot today.
Gary Qian
10/18/2011
I know almost all this stuff but I watch anyways!
koko
10/18/2011
awesome tutorial!!!!
Michael
10/18/2011
Good Andrew........Goooood!
Nice Technique.
Haitham Zaki
10/18/2011
Thanks and appreciation is addressed to Mr. Andrew Kramer on what we offer our community the After Effects
Erik
10/18/2011
Wow, I had to watch it 3 times before I understood the keying part. Now that I do, thank you so much! Brilliant solution.

Yaseen
10/18/2011
nice and btw i am waiting for some 3ds mas and demon cam tutorial from you please make it fast Andrew i am eagerly waiting for it.... and thanks for all your tutorials...
R-CANE
10/18/2011
I love to create things with chroma key, and getting help from you in making things look more realistic is always appreciated. Thank you for another learning experience
hiren soni
10/18/2011
gur good :)
Motion Trips
10/18/2011
Yo! Andrew Kramer i´m Angolan and I am not a person who speaks English, but I learned a lot from tuts ... agredeço the spectacular great job ... I am director, editor and
camera man ... your example gives me strength to make my movie and I think I need your help if possible.
HemantG
10/18/2011
this is great to learn VFX from you people,
You are excellent in your profession.
Thanks..... for help other...
Gonzalo
10/17/2011
Hey Andrew... what kind of video card you have?
Isa
10/17/2011
I really like this effect though I don't have a green background for my video. :( Any tips other than to hold a green blanket behind??
OddWord
10/18/2011
Yes, Set the angle so all you see is blue sky outside of the car. Dont use Blue inside the car.Then just KEY out the Blue, just like you would the green.
caxum
10/18/2011
Ok this may be a little much but I painted my(our) two car garage and floor green screen green. wife was not to thrilled at first so I painted to blue screen blue a little better!!!!
Pisey (cambodai)
10/17/2011
Andrew .you are my superstar
Thanks" <--- is my names
10/17/2011
thanks again and again
Owen
10/17/2011
I did something similar, only instead of window grime. It was a guy waving with a lot of motion blur.
Ice Rew
10/17/2011
you are getting a lot of good work out of your cannon 5D. very informative. i am very grateful!
realhood
10/17/2011
thanks goodness
it's updated finally
Cantolga
10/17/2011
Thank you...
ohne dich macht after effects kein spass :)
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