12 Video Editing Tips for Ultimatte

Ultimatte is a plug-in, and there are several video editing tips available to enhance this feature's performance. It is compatible with Adobe, Apple, Avid, Eyeon and Autodesk software, offering to its users the possibility to edit videos and images in a high-quality mode. Below are a few editing tips you can use with Ultimatte.

1. Choose a Program 

Check which program is compatible with your plug-in. You can use Adobe After Effects in this case. Open the window and click File -> Open, and import your footage in a new composition.

2. Key out Unwanted Details

Select a range of pixels to key out and scrub the areas that are not keyed with an "Eyedropper" tool. View the alpha matte of your footage and replenish removed areas. This will make the footage look better.

3. Standard Pixel Editing 

You can remove unaesthetic pixel noise from your video footage. Go to Presets and load the DV Fixer. This automatically applies on the footage and reduces pixel noise.

4. Advanced Pixel Editing 

If you want to remove more pixels, go to left menu and check the Preview Mode box. This will produce a photocopy effect showing you the footage in B&W. Under Preview Mode, adjust the Threshold by increasing the number of pixels.

5. Soften Effects 

To smooth pixel effects, click on "Threshold Soften". This will blend the white pixels into the black pixels, giving the footage a softer overall look.

6. Fine-Tuning

Use Matte Density, Spill Suppression and Shadows buttons to fine-tune the footage. Use low values first to see how the effects apply on it. Use key colors such as RGB channels to drop out or remove unevenly lit backgrounds with little color variation (8.11).

7. Edge Editing 

You can remove uneven lighting using the Color Tolerance functions such as Thin Edge tool, which eliminates edge pixels and Edge Feather to soften the transition from foreground to background. Simply adjust the values of the thin and feathered effects you wish to apply to your composition.

8. Create Shadowing 

Use the Shadows button to create realistic shadows on the background of your footage. Adjust darker regions according to the variations of darkness.

9. Spill Suppression 

This is one of the most useful video editing tips you can utilize. This option removes excessive backing color spill. It has also been automated to wash away spills or background/foreground stains that contaminate the final look.

10. Add Gaussian Blur

Blur effects are ideal to reduce the rough sharp edges. You can choose up to 10 types of blur to apply on your footage. For motion blur, it is recommended to use Gaussian Blur. Go to Effects -> Blur and Sharpen.

11. Sharpen the Image 

If your footage lacks sharpness, you can go for a Sharpen Edges or Smart Sharpen effect. Go to Effects -> Blur and Sharpen. This helps you in pointing out details.

12. Crop Your Image

You can remove unwanted artifacts or simply make your video footage smaller by using the Crop tool found in the Tools menu.