Keying


HitFilm includes several effects for keying your layers.

Keying is the term used for automatically removing parts of an image or video, usually by identifying a specific color.

Chroma key

Requires HitFilm 2 Ultimate.

This advanced keyer provides fine control over your keying.

The chroma key effect works with any color, as defined using the pipette icon next to the Color property.

After setting the key color, the initial keying is performed using the Matte properties.

The chroma key effect includes built-in spill suppression, spill replacement and color correction.

Chroma UV blur

The UV blur can be essential depending on the way your video camera stores its data.

After keying some video you may notice a pixellated 'stepping' around the edge of the key. If this occurs, add a chroma UV blur before the key itself. This will help to smooth out the edge.

Color difference key

This is a simpler keyer than the chroma key effect and is used for removing green screen and blue screen backgrounds from video and images.

The View matte option is a quick way to see the layer's alpha channel, making it easier to identify areas where the key needs to be cleaned up.

Difference key

Keys areas of a layer based on differences with another layer.

Hue & RGB key

This effect keys the layer based on a color of your choice. You can pick between using the hue or RGB values.

The View matte option is a quick way to see the layer's alpha channel, making it easier to identify areas where the key needs to be cleaned up.

You may get better results using the Chroma key.

Luminance key

This effect keys the layer based on its brightness. This can be particularly useful for sky replacement.