San Francisco-based Red Giant Software on Tuesday announced that Primatte Keyer, which the company publishes under an agreement with Photron USA, is now compatible with Avid editing systems. Primatte Keyer, previously available only as an Adobe After Effects plug-in, enables artists to generate mattes by extracting a key from any color background, an important function in the visual effects world. Artists can sample both foreground and background areas, eliminate color spill, correct imprecise edges and key such transparent objects as hair, water and smoke.
The new software is available in two versions: Primatte Keyer AVX, a US$995 package for Avid Media Composer, and Primatte Keyer Editors, a $495 Avid Xpress Pro solution. Primate Keyer AE for After Effects is $445. Mac OS X v10.2, a G4 processor and 256MB RAM are required.