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v1.1 Digital Anarchy Light Wrap Fantastic

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Digital Anarchy Light Wrap Fantastic
  

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Fantastic green screen compositing

Light Wrap is an inexpensive standalone plugin that assists with green/blue screen compositing. The plugin makes it easier to blend foreground and background elements by simulating the light that should come from the background. It’s available for Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Apple’s Final Cut Pro.


Highlights

Creating convincing green/blue screen composites has always been a challenge.

The Light Wrap Fantastic enables better composites by easily allowing users to blend the background with the foreground in such a way that it appears the light of the background is affecting the foreground. The plugin has all the controls you need to create a realistic light wrap making it a quick and easy process.

Fast and Easy

GPU acceleration allows the plugin to render HD and 4K footage quickly. It easily fits into whatever workflow you use when compositing with a variety of options and modes. This flexibility and speed make it the perfect choice for video editors, colorists and compositors.

Just One Plugin

Light Wrap Fantastic has everything you need to create a great light wrap in one plugin. Lighting, masking, and blend modes are just some of the features for better video compositing. You don’t need to buy an expensive package with tools you don’t need. It’s all here in one plugin.

Try it out in After Effects, Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro today!

Features of The Light Wrap Fantastic:

  • Easy compositing of green/blue screen images on a background
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Control every aspect of the light wrap within one plugin
  • Fast Rendering using Your GPU
  • Different modes for different workflows
  • Use built-in masks to control where the light wrap appears
  • Works with all keying software:
    • Keylight
    • UltraKey
    • Ultimatte
    • Primatte
  • Standalone plugin, no need to buy an expensive package with tools you don’t need

A Great Plugin for Fantastic Composites

Easy compositing of green or blue screen images on a background

Light wrap simulates backlighting, making the compositing of two images look more realistic. Background light would normally affect the foreground in a real scene. Most green or blue screen footage looks ‘cut out’ when put on a different background because it lacks the same lighting as the background. The Light Wrap Fantastic makes it easier to eliminate the ‘cut out’ look.

LWF takes the background layer and ‘wraps’ it around the edge of the foreground, simulating backlighting. This makes for a more realistic green screen composite.

Control every aspect of the light wrap within one plugin

While it’s usually possible to create a light wrap effect within most host applications, it requires multiple layers, masks and effects. The Light Wrap Fantastic simplifies this by giving you complete control in one plugin. This includes being able to mask the effect from within the plugin to simulate light coming from one direction.

 

Works with any blue or green screen plugin

It doesn’t matter what blue/green screen keying plugin you use… Primatte, Keylight, Ultimatte… The Light Wrap Fantastic works great and will help you blend your foreground and background more realistically. If you’ve roto’d something with Mocha Pro or the like, LWF will make that look great too!

Fast Rendering using Your GPU

Fast rendering is essential to fitting into a your workflow. We use both CUDA and OpenCL to completely optimize the rendering for Nvidia and AMD GPUs.

Standalone Plugin that Fits Different Workflows

As a standalone plugin, it makes it much more affordable to get great green or blue screen composites! Since Light Wrap is so effective at improving composites, we wanted to make it available without needing to buy a whole keying package. Usually you end up paying for tools that already ship for free in your host application or that you don’t need. This way you get the most powerful light wrap plugin available at a great price!

 

Samples

Moving Backgrounds and Lights

In the below shot, we have a woman on a greenscreen and a still image of a train window with a mask cut out of the window showing footage shot from a moving train. Light Wrap benefits both the window and the woman. Both are lightened as the lights from the station move by, but are darkened when passing walls with no lights.

In the still image, note the glow on the woman’s head and the lightening of the window frame.

lwf comparison

When moving at 30fps the effect is subtle but makes for a much more convincing shot than if it’s not used. The before and after are in the below video:

Moving Foreground

The next example uses a video for the background and wraps that around the woman as she walks. This isn’t as pronounced as the above examples, there’s no moving lights, but it still helps make her look like she’s part of the environment. Compositing is tricky and it’s often the small, subtle things that make for a great composite.

The Light Wrap Fantastic 1.0 runs in Adobe After Effects CS5, CS6, CC+ Adobe Premiere Pro CS5, CS6, CC+, and Apple Final Cut Pro X.

Macintosh 10.6 and higher

Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 & 10

 

Note: OpenFX and Avid are still in beta and aren’t released.

What’s new in v1.1?

  • A fix for AE 2018.

In Depth: Spill Suppression on Keyed Footage

Spill is the colored light reflected from your background and onto your actor. Spill can show up on light colored clothing or hair, on shiny or reflective elements, around the edge of footage, and it can be a big problem! It can be very easy to fix, or difficult on finely detailed, extremely reflective or semi-transparent areas. Here are some methods of fixing spill.

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