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I have chromakey -video and I should add a background and audio to it but I am in very starting point. I tried to find an app for iPhone or iPad not finding any good or professional. My friend suggested Adope Master -collection but I need just chromakey i.e. adding some background to for example screen background. Besides Adope Master that comes with a massive amount things, is there some lightweight tools?

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I have access to OSx, iPad, iPhone and Ubuntu -- but I am ready to use the best tools on the market, platform playing not the key role here.

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  • Unix -biased thread here. This question is about should, not about just one-platform. – hhh Nov 25 '12 at 0:44
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You won't need the Master Collections. As you say, it comes with a bunch expensive extras.

You can go for the Adobe Premier Pro which comes with a basic chroma keyer, and/or After effects which give you a little more to tweak with.

However, these doesn't come in Unix/Linux versions, but if an option you can check them here:
http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere.html

Tip: for a small/short project you can "rent" it for a month or two with a much lower price than purchasing the full version.

  • Thank you for the suggestion +1, I cannot even understand the differences between Adobe Master collection and Adobe Premiere Pro. What are the things missing and is it easy to upgrade later? – hhh Nov 25 '12 at 22:10
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For both Ubuntu and Mac, you can consider giving Blender a try. Although it is a 3D modelling and animation suite, newer versions have extensive and powerful compositing tools, including a good camera tracker, video editor and chroma keyer.

Blender might seem a little hard to understand but it is not. If you are doing a fresh start with a new software, it's worth trying. Besides, there are lots of useful and good video tutorials to start with. Another good reason to try blender: it's free. It is open source.

For more information on blender, see http://blender.org

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    +1 good suggestion, not so resource-intensive candidate in comparison to AfterEffects requiring at least 4GB Ram and recommended 8 GB. – hhh Nov 25 '12 at 22:13
  • Besides, it's cross-platform. I think Linux is a powerful option for production workflow. There has been lots of industry standard tools running on unix based systems. They were proprietary softwares, running on closed source unix variations. I think blender project stands in a point that could reveal Linux's and open source's true potential. Also check the Blender Foundation's latest project Tears of steel. It was completed in Blender, and other Open source tools. They also sell a 4 DVD Set that includes the whole production assets. Good way to learn and support. – Inan Berbatov Nov 26 '12 at 5:33
  • ...but I don't own DVD player or CD player, any other way to get them? – hhh Nov 26 '12 at 14:07
  • I don't own the DVDs yet, they started to ship them last week or so. Well, I think most of the stuff are stored as data in DVD-ROMs, probably no need for a standalone DVD player, if you meant that. Just a DVD drive will be enough. The content of the DVDs are licensed under Creative Commons. So I think, but not sure, owners are free to share them. Just do a search about it to see if you can find anyone received their shipment and shared it. – Inan Berbatov Nov 26 '12 at 18:21
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To do this right or atleast close to correct you will need to use a professional software to some extent...After effects would be your best bet. You can download a 30-day limitless Trial on their website. Then do some videocopilot.net tutorials on how to use keylight to do as you need.

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