masking question

pschmidt

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I am using Final Cut on a Macbook Pro.

I have a loop clip of fire on a black background and I want to put the fire part over another piece of footage so it looks like what is behind is on fire.

How can I mask the black part of the looped fire clip to only show the fire and not the black background?

Thanks

Phil
 
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element80

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if the whole fire clip is on black, then you should eb able to key the black out
 

russell-lewis

New member
Yep definitely use a chroma keyer on that one.

But, you may find the fire is distorted where it feathers into the black.
I havent had much experience with Final Cut, mainly with Combustion but if Final Cut has some particle effects try putting the fire in manually. If Final Cut doesnt, have a look into "Particle Illusion" from http://www.wondertouch.com
A usefull tool specially for particle effects.

Rusty
 
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BenB

Guest
Key it in Motion, FCP has a decent keyer if you use it properly, shouldn't be much of a problem. I've keyed fire, it can be done, just take your time, use spill suppression filters, too.
 
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