Compositing Using Ultimatte: Advanced Techniques

Ultimate Advantage offers the best compositing tools for several host applications. Below are steps on how to composite images using Ultimate Advantage's advanced techniques

Step 1: Install and Launch Advantage

Install your advanced plug-in on the hard disk so that it is ready to use. Once the software is installed select the host application and launch the plug-in. Open the file you want to work with. Select the Ultimate AdvantEdge from the plug-in menu and click on the AdvantEdge name in the filter to enable it.

Step 2: Composite the Image

The image that you want to work with is displayed in the display area. Select the sample backing area by selecting the part around the subject that is important on the screen with the sample backing eye dropper. The image is then rendered and the composite is displayed. To make further changes in the composite you can use the various advanced techniques available in plug-in.

Step 3: Using the More Controls

There are several controls known as the "More" controls that are available to the user and can be found by clicking on the “More” tab. Click on this tab and you can select the menu of your choice from the slider control pop up menu. To activate slider control menus, you need to enable the repetitive process like Matt Density, Shadows and Film Correction. You can change the parameter values as per your choice.

Step 4: Using the Matte Density Controls

You should use the Matte Density Controls to adjust the opacity or the density of the foreground objects. The matte value which is commonly known as alpha value is what determines the density of the object in the foreground. Select the matte correction process by clicking on the Matte button and you will have access to all the core processes like the film correction, roto screen correction, shadow processing and clean up controls. You will have to set these controls while viewing the composite or the matte. You can use the bright, dark, warm and cool options to adjust the density accordingly.

Step 5: Using the Spill Controls

In case the composite has excessive spill from the backing to the foreground, you can use the spill controls in order to control the spill. Choose spill suppression from the pop up menu and you can use the options ranging from Cool, Warm and Mid-tones accordingly to control the amount of spill. You can also use the advanced controls available like Bright and Dark and Ambience to suppress the spill. Apart from this you can also use the other advanced controls in features like film correction, Shadows, color conformance, root screen correction, video correction and clean up controls accordingly and as required to receive your final output.

Step 6: Output Module

Complete the various changes on the composite image and you can now choose the composite image in an output mode of your choice from the PFG, PFG+alpha, Composited, Matte and Shadow output modes.