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Ultimatte Releases DV Bluescreen Tool

AdvantEdge plugin includes video correction filter By Dave Nagel
Ultimatte has released AdvantEdge, a professional bluescreen extraction tool for Mac, Windows, Irix and Linux. The software works as a plugin with a variety of video and graphics packages, including systems from Adobe, Apple, Avid and Discreet. It also includes video correction filtering for DV footage.

AdvantEdge is a plugin that allows the users to create and edit bluescreen composites by dragging the cursor over areas of the foreground and background. The software then automatically analyzes the image and calculates optimum settings for various parameters. The company says the software preserves the fine details like hair, smoke and motion-blurred edges.


The included Video Correction filter reduces artifacts found in 4:2:2, 4:1:1, and 4:2:0 video image formats. It restores the lost color information in compressed video formats and reduces the blocky artifacts found in bluescreen and greenscreen composites using DV footage. Other features include:

  • Advanced spill suppression with cleanup controls;
  • Roto screen correction for isolating the foreground on poorly shot footage;
  • Smart matte sizing for correcting the density of a traveling matte;
  • Color conformance for matching the foreground color with the background color;
  • Allows for the overlaying of an externally generated mask to extend the bluescreen.

AdvantEdge works with Mac OS X, Mac OS 9, Windows and Linux. It supports Adobe After Effects, Premiere and Photoshop; Apple Final Cut Pro and Shake; Avid Media Composer, Xpress and Xpress DV; and Discreet Combustion. It's available for an introductory price of $995 through Sept. 30, after which it will sell for $1,495. For more information, visit http://www.ultimatte.com.


Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at dnagel@digitalmedianet.com.

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