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Red Giant have today announced the availability of its updated professional green screen tool, Primatte Keyer. New features, improved performance and a pretty impressive list of Hollywood credits too.

We've been a fan of Primatte since trying to key people with blonde wispy hair in Shake. So good to see Red Giant have just updated it to version 5. There's a free trial available that will work in FCP 6&7, Motion 3.0.2 & 4, Adobe CS3, CS4, CS5 & CS5.5. No FCPX or Motion5 support yet though.

With this new version, Primatte Keyer V5.0 delivers significantly enhanced automation and efficiency and includes three automated tools that provide artists choice and flexibility in their VFX workflow: Auto Compute, Adjust Light and Smart Sample.

Auto Compute is now an easy-to-access button with an improved algorithm and spot-on default settings; Adjust Light is a brand new tool that evens out background colors for accurate background removal; and Smart Sample generates great results using smart foreground sampling and a histogram pass.

Primatte Keyer V5.0 is available immediately as a standalone application, or as part of the Red Giant Keying Suite.

Eric Addison is the owner of 100 Acre Films, and has been beta testing Primatte Keyer V5.0. Eric commented, “I'd never tried Primatte until recently, but after spending some time with it, it's now earned a spot in my keying toolbox. Red Giant’s Primatte Keyer is extremely powerful, and is one of the easiest keyers I’ve ever tried. With Primatte Keyer, I have found a new go-to keying plug-in.”

Primatte Keyer V5.0 is built on proven, industry-popular chromakey technology and enhanced with professional features to create mattes for any object shot against any solid color, including difficult shots such as blue jeans against a blue screen. Primatte Keyer has been used with stunning results in blockbuster films like Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, Harry Potter, King Kong and Spider-Man. For over 15 years, Primatte has been a well known, tried-and-true staple of the compositing industry.

What’s New in Primatte Keyer V5.0
The development team at Red Giant created this newest release with an emphasis on increased automation, performance and image quality. Primatte Keyer V5.0 adds:
  • Improved Auto Compute to generate accurate keys instantly;
  • New Smart Sample algorithm for refined foreground sampling;
  • Two new View modes to help visualize composites while building them;
  • New Hybrid Matte feature for generating cleaner matte edges;
  • New Adjust Light evens the background screen color for better selection.

Primatte Keyer V5.0 is available immediately and is priced at $499.00 for new users, or as a $99.00 upgrade for existing users. For more information, or to purchase Primatte Keyer V5.0, please visit www.redgiant.com.

Red Giant have also posted this quick tip video about Primatte Keyer 5, this time running in After Effects.

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