Chroma Keying for the Masses: Serious Magic Ultra

Tom's Hardware By:Humphrey Cheung October 28, 2004 You don't have to spend thousands of dollars to get professional green/blue screen movie effects. Serious Magic's Ultra will add magic to your videos for a fraction of the cost of other chroma keying packages. Must Have Modern filmmaking attempts to blur the line between fiction and reality. Actors and actresses may look like they are performing in Rome, New York or the planet Tatooine, but are actually in front of a blue or green screen. This process, known as chroma keying, digitally replaces a background with either a still picture or with video, giving the illusion that the scene is taking place in a far-away city - or on a distant planet. While movie studios can spend $100 million on special effects, the normal person is not so wealthy. Is it possible to obtain the same quality of effects without breaking the bank? Serious Magic promises that their Ultra program will give users quality chroma keying at a reasonable price. How well does Ultra work? Will aspiring amateur filmmakers love or hate Ultra? Read on to find out. Read More...

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