FCP X: Create a 2-Color Chroma-key Effect [video]

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logo-FCPX[This is an excerpt from a recent on-line video webinar: “Green Screen: From Production to Post” which you can download in our store, or as part of our Video Training Library.]

Green-screen effects, also called “chroma-key effects,” allow us to easily insert a foreground actor, or any other object, into a different background. But, exactly, how do you do this? We’ve all seen “behind-the-scenes” footage of giant green-screen stages, with vast crews and big budgets. But, what if your means are more modest? That’s where this session can help.

Our goal is to bring our cameras into the studio and show how to create these special effects from production to post. Join host, Larry Jordan, as he illustrates a variety of production techniques to create green screen footage, then creates finished effects using Apple Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

This session covers:

In this short video excerpt, Larry shows how to create an eye-catching visual effect using a 2-color chroma key in Final Cut Pro X.

Create a 2-Color Chroma-key Effect

TRT: 2:53 — MPEG-4 HD movie

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2 Responses to FCP X: Create a 2-Color Chroma-key Effect [video]

  1. Peter Pfundt says:

    Hi Larry! I’m always passing your sessions on to others.
    I’ve swithced over to FC POR X and have a query.
    I’m shooting an actor in front of a green screen.
    However, when I apply various FX filters over the keyed out actor, it doesn;t work.
    Do I have to render that segment with an alph channel and then import it?
    Or… do I create an alpha above the initial keyed layer?

    • Larry says:


      I’m confused by your comment. I find the chroma key effect in FCP X easy to use, and we can still apply other effects to the keyed effect. Email some screen shots to me directly – larry at larryjordan dot com – and I’ll take a look.


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