Red Giant Primatte Keyer v5.1

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Get Professional Chromakeys Faster and More Accurately with Primatte!

With newly designed automated tools, an improved Auto Compute, and a reorganized interface, Primatte 5.1 was designed to help you key even faster, more accurate key in a few mouse-clicks. New features like the Smart Sample algorithm for better foreground selection, and the Hybrid Matte feature for unparalleled power in matte edges clean will help you create clean keys every time. Whether you are creating a visual effects for a film, a television news promo, or a music video, Primatte 5.1 is the professional keying solution for an easy, automatic key. Try a free demo right now!


Primatte makes it easy to remove a green-screen or blue-screen background, often with the touch of a single button. But, while Primatte Keyer has only previously been available to After Effects users, Primatte Keyer 5.1 opens up our powerful chroma keying tools to editors.

What's New

  • New Host Apps: Primatte Keyer is now compatible with After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro X and Motion.
  • Improved Auto Compute generates an accurate key in seconds
  • New Smart Sample algorithm for refined foreground sampling
  • Two new View modes help visualize your composite while building it
  • New Hybrid Matte feature for generating cleaner matte edges
  • New Adjust Light evens the background screen color for better selection

Reasons To Buy

  • Popular chromakey technology used in major films like Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, Harry Potter, King Kong and Spider-Man
  • Professional options to create mattes for any object shot against any solid color, even difficult shots like blue jeans against a bluescreen
  • Convincingly place people, products, or cinematic elements into any background
  • Create great keys even when you have problem footage with uneven lighting, grainy clips or compression artifacts.
  • For over 15 years, Primatte has been a well known, tried-and-true staple of the compositing industry

Less work, more automation

primatte 1Primatte 5.0 has three automatic tools that give you more choices. Auto Compute is now an easy-to-access button with an improved algorithm and spot-on default settings. Adjust Light is brand new tool that evens out background colors for accurate background removal. Another new feature, Smart Sample, generates great results using smart foreground sampling and a histogram pass. The power of Primatte now comes in fewer clicks.


A quality key at your fingertips

primatte 2Primatte Keyer was created for the professional artist, and version 5.0 wraps in more specialized tools for an industry that demands perfect composites. Get high quality keys for any color background with new features like Hybrid alongside dependable tools like Alpha Control. Two new View modes, Adjust Light and Hybrid Matte, help visualize the matte so you can accurately fill transparency holes and clean up edges. A reorganized interface makes it easier than ever to get the perfect key, leaving you more time for what you love most.


Professional keys for every composite

primatte 3 The zen of compositing a shot comes in making the foreground and background coexist, and Primatte is designed to sell the realism of your composite. In every chromakey situation, Primatte tackles keying challenges like uneven lighting, compression artifacts, grainy clips, screen seams, subtle shadows and edge light contamination. Primatte is especially great at preserving soft edges like flyaway hair, removing spill without losing image quality, and working around difficult areas like glass, fabric and fur.


Quality keys in a few clicks
The one-click Auto Compute is your key to the fastest... well, you know. Want more control? Use the three Select buttons to build a mask with only a few extra clicks. The Select BG button now has a extra-special Smart Select option that adds a helpful histogram pass.

Auto Compute is a one-click solution
Speaking of Auto Compute, that incredible tool is now a button that is centrally located and easy to access. We heard your feedback about how essential this feature is, and redesigned it as a one-click process for a speedier key.

Even background color with Adjust Light
We added controls to make Auto Compute even more accurate. Select the Adjust Light checkbox and watch as Primatte evens the background color and Auto Compute pulls an amazing key.

Reorganized and streamlined interface
Primatte’s interface has been revamped with professionally designed buttons and better organization. We put the powerful but less used features in an Advanced section so your workflow is more streamlined. The new interface makes your keying efficient so you have more time to have fun compositing.

Fast extraction on difficult images
It’s great when you have good source footage, but often you don’t. Luckily, Primatte easily extracts tricky objects such as semi-transparent water, smoke, and hair. This lets you create a professional looking key every time, even in the most difficult situation.

Hybrid Matte for a clean key
The new Hybrid controls help fill the transparency gaps in your foreground matte, making a cleaner key. Its companion View mode, Hybrid Matte, provides important visual feedback as you work. Combined with the Speck and Hole alpha cleaners, Primatte has a superior set of tools to to combat problem footage with wrinkles, discoloration or uneven lighting.

Enhance DV and HD footage
Smooth out the matte edges with Deartifacting tools that treat all source footage from DV or HD cameras. Primatte’s de-artifacting removes blockiness and artifacts around the foreground edges caused by compression algorithms in the source format.

Remove difficult spill areas
Make unwanted areas of color spill disappear like magic. Tools like Spill Sponge, Matte Sponge, Spill Minus/Plus and Spill Killer give many ways to remove spill color without harming the original color of the pixels. Primatte corrects difficult spill situations like semi-transparent areas, edge fringe and motion blur, and has built-in spill suppression to prevent it from happening at all.

Fine tune the important details
Over-correction happens, especially on chromakey footage that wasn’t shot properly. Primatte has essential tools like Restore Detail and Decrease Opacity for recovering details that get lost in the keying and correction process. This fine tuning is especially important in semi-transparent objects like hair, clothing and smoke.

Our tests have shown that our products perform best when used with the system configurations listed below. Although many of our products will run on older or less-powerful systems, those listed below are the minimum system requirements which we support.

Apple Macintosh

  • Mac OS X 10.8
  • Mac OS X 10.9
  • Mac OS X 10.10
  • Mac OS X 10.11
  • Mac OS X 10.12
  • Mac Intel
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 30 MB of Hard Drive space


  • Windows 7 64-bit
  • Windows 8 64-bit
  • including Windows 10
  • Pentium 4 2.4 GHz or faster (or AMD equivalent)
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 30 MB of Hard Drive space

Host Applications

Primatte Keyer Pro runs in a variety of host applications. Each purchase and serial number allows the owner to use the product on more than one host application but only on a single computer at any one time. Except where noted, the features are the same in all systems and host applications.

  • Adobe After Effects CC 2018, CC (2017), CC(2015.3), CC (2015), CC (2014), CC, CS6
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2018, CC (2017), CC(2015.3), CC (2015), CC (2014), CC, CS6
  • Apple Final Cut X 10.2.3 or higher
  • Apple Motion 5

Please ensure that the host version is compatible with your operating system. Check with application provider for specifics.


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Earns the Microfilmmaker Magazine's Award of Superiority

Ease of Use
Incredibly easy to use. The organized interface, straightforward approach, and simple practical documentation make this just about the easiest keying software in its class.

Depth of Options
Best depth of options I’ve seen. Both in terms of controlling the key with difficult footage and managing complex circumstances like transparent objects (glass) and back-lighting, Primatte Keyer 4 runs deep. I’m sure I’ll be discovering new techniques and features for a long time.

Fast renders. No hangs or program crashes during any of my tests. The ease-of-use features make Primatte Keyer 4 work fast when you need it to, and dive deep when you need it to.

Incredible value. Whether it’s speed, sophistication, ease of use, or quality of results – Primatte Keyer 4 has it hands-down over the other keying software I’ve used.

Final Comments
I think if you look back over the sample images in this article, you’ll have a sense of what Primatte Keyer 4 can do. As or me, Primatte Keyer 4 is my new favorite software.

Read the full review of Primatte Keyer 4 by Tom Stern at Microfilmmaker Magazine, June 1, 2008.

Would you recommend this product to a colleague? Yes

By: Jeremy Hanke
Date: April 04, 2012

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