With direct support for 16:9 and anamorphic widescreen
sources, Ultra Key now supports HD and HDV cameras including 1080i,
1080p, and 720p with support for a variety of standard frame rates
including 24 fps. With Ultra Key, users with more recent graphics
cards can dramatically increase output speed by shifting rendering
demands to the graphics processing unit (GPU). Using GPU-based processing,
Ultra Key can typically perform complex compositing in real time at
HD-resolution and faster than real-time at standard definition (depending
on system configuration and file types).
"Using the NVIDIA GeForce 6 GPU, Serious Magic provides an
unprecedented level of HD performance," said Scott Vouri, general
manager of multimedia at NVIDIA. "Featuring a full 4:4:4:4,
128-bit, floating-point processing engine, Ultra Key achieves real-time
processing even with the most demanding HD-resolution content--something
previously reserved for expensive, hardware-only solutions."
More Realistic Keying Results
Realistic shadows are essential to effective keys but setting up
shots with special lights to cast detailed shadows for keying is
time-consuming and laborious. Ultra Key adds the ability to insert
virtual shadows and includes options to adjust the shadow's size,
perspective and transparency. When using photographic or rendered
backgrounds, users can also insert virtual reflections into their
scene to show an inverted image of their keyed talent such as standing
on a marble floor.
When shooting a talent, many videographers only utilize the center
of the screen area causing much of the shot's screen resolution
to be wasted. Ultra Key's new Plus-90 Mode allows the video camera
to be rotated 90 degrees to capture the entire subject and utilize
the maximum resolution. Using this clever mode, a standard definition
camera can create a high-resolution key that will increase subject
resolution up to 33% in 4:3 and nearly 50% in 16:9.
Ultra Key expands on ULTRA's input cropping function with a powerful
mask painting function that allows users to mask arbitrary areas
of the input source with a simple soft-edged brush. This feature
enables users to create complex garbage mattes to handle difficult
High Quality Output
For graphics cards that support larger resolutions, Ultra Key offers
support for high-resolution stills up to 4096 x 4096 allowing digital
images to be used as high definition input sources and backgrounds.
With image support for .bmp, .jpg, .psd, .png, .gif, .tiff, .tga,
and .ppm files, users can export high resolution keyed stills for
further editing or output to print or Web.
Ultra Key is more versatile when working with compositing applications
or exporting to popular non-linear editors. It seamlessly integrates
with compositing tools that prefer numbered still image sequences
instead of video clips such as Adobe® After Effects™,
Discreet® Combustion™ and Pinnacle® Commotion™.
Users can now input and output to Apple® QuickTime™ as
well as input Avid® .MXF files and output Macromedia® Flash™
Ultra Key can be bundled with Virtualsetworks virtual