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Adobe Ultra CS3 Tutorial


Adobe Ultra CS3 Tutorial

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Index Adobe Ultra CS3 Tutorial

Chapter 1: Getting started
Installing the software
Choosing PAL or NTSC video format
Adobe Help resources
In-product and LiveDocs Help
PDF documentation
Printed documentation
Adobe Video Workshop
Community of presenters
Tutorials and source files
Using Adobe Video Workshop
Adobe Design Center
Adobe Developer Center
Customer support
Adobe Labs
User communities
Essential features
Chapter 2: Quick-start session
Step-by-step workflow
Chapter 3: Product overview
Layers, inputs, and virtual sets
Active layer
Virtual sets
User interface
Input area and Input Preview Monitor
Layer thumbnails
Controls under the Input Preview Monitor
Tool buttons
Output Preview Monitor and previewing the output
Magnifying and repositioning the view in the monitors
Grid controls
Timecode fields
Keyer tab
Colors tab
Scene tab
Pan & Zoom tab
Input tab
Shadows tab
Output tab
Application menus
File menu
View menu
Tools menu
Play menu
Help menu
Right-click context menus
Text and number boxes
Background and Input Clip thumbnails
Overlay thumbnail
Output Preview Monitor
Grid controls on the Scene, Input, and Pan & Zoom tabs
Items on the Virtual Sets, Backgrounds, Output Clips, Sessions and Browse library tabs
Blank spot on one of the library tabs
Chapter 4: How to
Creating and managing Ultra sessions
Creating a session
Changing the default virtual set
Opening a session
Saving a session
Changing the default session’s path
Saving a copy of a session
Working with a session on a different computer
Creating and assigning sources and virtual sets
Shooting video for Ultra
Live Preview
Setting up the camera
Controlling the lighting
Framing the subject
Optimizing the color screen backdrop
Reducing spill
Choosing the subject’s wardrobe
Choosing the background or virtual set
Directing on a virtual set
Improving the quality of the source footage and facilitating recording
Assigning content to layers
Assigning source content to a layer
Matching the aspect ratio of a basic set’s background with a session
Matching input clips and virtual sets
Adding overlay layers
Using a still image as the input clip
Supported input formats
Creating elements for a set or individual layers
Finished, composited scene
Advanced compositing tasks
Customizing a virtual set
Editing virtual set images
Moving virtual sets to an alternate location
Copying a single virtual set
Setting the key
Keying methods
Improving a background in the input clip
Set Key
Setting Key Points (Apply Points Method)
Single Key Point Method (One Color Pickup)
Multiple Key Points Method (Color Spread)
Keeping the shadow in an input clip
Cropping and spot masking the source clip
Cropping the edge of a frame
Painting a mask
Fine-tuning the Keyer settings
Viewing the key
Basic keying workflows
Saving and applying Keyer settings
Positioning layers and performing virtual camera moves
Differences between sets of Position controls
Adjusting the framing
Setting the size, position, and orientation of a layer plane
Changing the position and scale of a layer plane
Changing the orientation of a layer plane
Positioning insets in custom virtual sets
Moving and scaling an input within the layer plane: Input Offset controls
Moving and flipping the input vertically and horizontally
Rotating the input
Changing the scale of the input
Returning all grid settings to the defaults
Panning and zooming
Grid control
Adding and setting a pan and zoom point
Changing a pan and zoom point
Programming a continuous virtual move with multiple points
Programming multiple moves with pauses
Panning and zoom with different aspect ratios
Viewing a session without virtual camera moves
Achieving the correct timing for video clips
Trimming the In and Out Points in a video clip
Looping the clip
Specifying when a video clip begins playing in the session
Setting a pause point for a VirtualTrak effect
Adjusting the volume of a video clip
Fine-tuning the appearance of the video
Correcting colors
Making color corrections
Saving and applying color settings
Adding shadows and reflections
Enabling a shadow or reflection and making it the active one
Changing the position of a floor shadow
Changing the position of a wall shadow
Changing the appearance of a shadow or reflection
Saving and applying settings for a shadow or reflection
Defocusing a source
Saving the finished video
Outputting still images (Frame Sequence)
Outputting clips or stills with an alpha channel
Chapter 5: Troubleshooting and getting help
Updating software
Updating Ultra
Updating device drivers
Updating the Windows® operating system
Technical Support
Technical support web pages
Run the DirectX Diagnostic Tool
StatusLog.txt file
Symptoms and solutions

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