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Digital Film Tools zMatte for Video/Film v4.0.5

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A full-featured keyer that is the result of our experience in creating hundreds of successful blue and green screen composites

Using proprietary matte extraction techniques, zMatte quickly and simply creates mattes with minimal parameters even if you are dealing with fine hair detail, smoke, or reflections. It is easy to use, yet provides the needed tools when faced with good, bad, or ugly shots — tools such as multiple matte creation, automatic spill suppression, sophisticated matte and edge manipulation, and color correction.


Highlights

zMatte includes the following plug-ins to handle keying, matte generation and compositing:
Color Suppress, DeArtifact, Edge Composite, Frame Averager, Holdout Composite, Keyer, Light Wrap, Matte Generator, Matte Repair, and Screen Smoother.

zMatte includes the following filters to handle keying, matte generation and compositing: Color Suppress, DeArtifact, Edge Composite, Frame Averager, Holdout Composite, Keyer, Light Wrap, Matte Generator, Matte Repair, Matte Wrap and Screen Smoother.

ZMATTE FEATURES:

  • Create mattes from blue, green, any color screen
  • Multiple matte creation
  • Matte shrink, blur and wrap functions
  • DV and HD deartifacting
  • Sophisticated color correction and suppression
  • Light wrapping
  • Edge tools to color correct or blur only the edge
  • Integrated DVE
  • Screen smoothing for unevenly lit blue and green screens
  • Effectively composite fire, explosions and smoke
  • 32 bit processing
  • GPU Acceleration

New in 4.0

  • zMatte now supports the OFX plug-in format. The Foundry’s Nuke visual effects software and Sony Vegas editing systems are qualified hosts.  So, one zMatte license will run in Sony Vegas, The Foundry's NUKE, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Apple Final Cut Pro, if installed on the same machine.

New in 3.5

  • GPU accelerated!
  • One zMatte plug-in license will allow it to run in Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro (including FCPX), Apple Motion 5 and Avid Editing Systems if installed on the same machine.

Features in zMatte v3.5

  • GPU Acceleration
  • zMatte is now accelerated with OpenCL using your graphics card resulting in dramatic speed increases.
  • 32 Bit Floating Point Precision
  • zMatte can now process with 32 bit floating point precision.
  • Alpha Parameter (Avid Only)
  • The Alpha parameter is used to match Avid's File Pixel to Video Mapping import settings when importing a file. By default, RGB (0-255) Inverted is selected to match Avid’s default import settings.
  • Color Correct > Temperature and Cyan/Magenta Added
  • Temperature and Cyan/Magenta were added to the Color Correctors.
  • Frame Averager > Frame Window
  • A Frame Window control has been added which determines the positioning of the frame averaging window as either Past, Centered or Future.
  • Matte Repair > Wrap
  • Added Wrap to Matte Repair.
  • Multi-Host Licensing
  • One zMatte license will allow it to run in Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro 6/7/X and Avid Editing Systems.

Changes

  • Keyer > Color Suppress > Auto Color Removed
  • Removed Auto-Color from the Keyer > Color Suppress group. The color suppression color is automatically selected based on the Primary Matte > Extract On > Blue Screen or Green Screen selections.
  • Keyer > Color Suppress > Foreground Renamed
  • The Keyer > Color Suppress > Foreground parameter was renamed to Amount.
  • Keyer > Light Wrap > Light Renamed
  • The Keyer > Light Wrap > Light parameter was renamed to Brightness.
  • Light Wrap > Light Renamed
  • The Keyer > Light Wrap > Light parameter was renamed to Brightness.
  • Removed Matte Wrap Plug-in
  • The Matte Wrap plug-in was removed since it is now included in Matte Repair.

Color Suppress

Removes either blue or green from an image. This is usually used to remove the blue or green light that commonly spills onto objects filmed in front of blue or green screens.

DeArtifact

DeArtifact is handy for cleaning up artifacts caused by DV and HD video footage. In fact, it is useful for cleaning up images that have aliased or jaggy edges.

Edge Composite

Edge Composite automatically generates an edge matte from an existing alpha channel and allows you to color correct or blur only the edge of the foreground. You can also mix the edge of the foreground with the background. This is very helpful for seamlessly integrating images as well as dealing with aliased mattes.

Frame Averager

The Frame Averager mixes frames together to create interesting motion effects. This plug-in is also useful for smoothing out film grain and video noise which can cause problems when pulling a key or generating a matte.

Holdout Composite

To add practical fire, explosions, smoke or other footage not containing an alpha channel, is normally a challenge. A normal Math Composite Add function would cause areas of the background to get brighter. This is bad. Using a key of some type would most likely generate unwanted, dark edges. This is also bad. Holdout Composite effectively composites images such as fire, explosions and smoke.

Keyer

zMatte is a full-featured keyer that is the result of our experience in creating hundreds of successful blue and green screen composites. Using proprietary matte extraction techniques, zMatte quickly and simply creates mattes with minimal parameters even if you are dealing with fine hair detail, smoke, or reflections. It is easy to use, yet provides the needed tools when faced with good, bad, or ugly shots - tools such as multiple matte creation, automatic spill suppression, sophisticated matte and edge manipulation, and color correction.

Light Wrap

Light Wrap helps blend the foreground into the background by making the color of the background "wrap" into the foreground edges without softening the edge.

Matte Generator

The Matte Generator extracts and creates mattes using advanced matte extraction techniques. Methods of matte extraction are luma, hue, saturation, average, red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, and yellow.

Matte Repair

Matte Repair grows, shrinks or blurs a matte. It also is handy for cleaning up impurities in the black or white areas of the matte.

Matte Wrap

Matte Wrap retains the definition of the matte edges while creating a smooth blend of transparency starting at the edge of the matte changing to fully opaque moving inward. This helps blend a foreground into a background by mixing the background into the foreground without softening the edge.

Screen Smoother

Smooths out unevenly lit blue and green screens. By default, darker screen areas are brightened.

Host Support:

  • Adobe After Effects CS5 and up (Including CC 2015)
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and up (Including CC 2015)
  • Apple Final Cut Pro 6/7/X
  • Apple Motion 5
  • Avid Editing Systems (64 Bit only)
  • The Foundry Nuke v8 and up
  • Sony Vegas Pro v13 and up

Operating System

  • Macintosh Multicore 64 Bit Intel® processor
  • Mac OSX 10.7.x - OSX 10.9.x
  • Windows Vista 64 bit, Windows 7 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit

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