zMatte is a full-featured keyer that is the result of our experience in creating hundreds of successful blue and green screen composites. Using proprietary matte extraction techniques, zMatte quickly and simply creates mattes with minimal parameters even if you are dealing with fine hair detail, smoke, or reflections. It is easy to use, yet provides the needed tools when faced with good, bad, or ugly shots — tools such as multiple matte creation, automatic spill suppression, sophisticated matte and edge manipulation, and color correction.

zMatte includes the following plug-ins to handle keying, matte generation and compositing:
Color Suppress, DeArtifact, Edge Composite, Frame Averager, Holdout Composite, Keyer, Light Wrap, Matte Generator, Matte Repair, and Screen Smoother.

  • Features
  • Examples
  • Downloads
  • Requirements
  • Version History
  • Original Bluescreen Plate Original Bluescreen Plate
  • Extracted Matte Extracted Matte
  • Edge Matte Edge Matte
  • Background Plate Background Plate
  • Final Composite Final Composite

zMatte Features:

  • Create mattes from blue, green, any color screen
  • Multiple matte creation
  • Matte shrink, blur and wrap functions
  • DV and HD deartifacting
  • Sophisticated color correction and suppression
  • Light wrapping
  • Edge tools to color correct or blur only the edge
  • Integrated DVE
  • Screen smoothing for unevenly lit blue and green screens
  • Effectively composite fire, explosions and smoke
  • 32 bit processing
  • GPU Acceleration

  • One zMatte plug-in license will allow it to run in Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro (including FCPX), Apple Motion 5 and Avid Editing Systems if installed on the same machine.

Color Suppress

Removes either blue or green from an image. This is usually used to remove the blue or green light that commonly spills onto objects filmed in front of blue or green screens.

Color Suppress Before Color Suppress After

DeArtifact

DeArtifact is handy for cleaning up artifacts caused by DV and HD video footage. In fact, it is useful for cleaning up images that have aliased or jaggy edges.

DeArtifact Before DeArtifact After

Edge Composite

Edge Composite automatically generates an edge matte from an existing Alpha channel and allows you to color correct or blur only the edge of the foreground. You can also mix the edge of the foreground with the background. This is very helpful for seamlessly integrating images as well as dealing with aliased mattes.

Edge Composite Before
Edge Composite After

Frame Averager

The Frame Averager mixes frames together to create interesting motion effects. This plug-in is also useful for smoothing out film grain and video noise which can cause problems when pulling a key or generating a matte.

Frame Averager Before Frame Averager After

Holdout Composite

To add practical fire, explosions, smoke or other footage not containing an Alpha channel is normally a challenge. A normal Math Composite Add function would cause areas of the background to get brighter. This is bad. Using a key of some type would most likely generate unwanted edge fringing. This is also bad. The Holdout Composite is a two-layer/track effect that effectively composites images such as fire, explosions and smoke. This plug-in first creates a luminance matte of the foreground and pastes it as black (or other color) over the background. You then use one of the Blend Modes to place the foreground over the “held out background”.

Holdout Composite Before Holdout Composite After

Keyer

zMatte is a full-featured keyer that is the result of our experience in creating hundreds of successful blue and green screen composites. Using proprietary matte extraction techniques, zMatte quickly and simply creates mattes with minimal parameters even if you are dealing with fine hair detail, smoke, or reflections.

Keyer Before
Keyer After

Light Wrap

Light Wrap helps blend the foreground into the background by making the color of the background wrap into the foreground edges without softening the edge. This is accomplished by placing the background layer into a special matte and then combining it with the foreground.

Light Wrap Before Light Wrap After

Matte Generator

The Matte Generator extracts and creates mattes using advanced matte extraction techniques. Methods of matte extraction are luminance, hue, saturation, average, red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, and yellow. Up to 5 mattes can be extracted and combined using Blend modes.

Matte Generator Before
Matte Generator After

Matte Repair

Matte Repair grows, shrinks or blurs a matte. It also is handy for cleaning up impurities in the black or white areas. Matte Repair has the same functionality as Matte Generator except it doesn’t have any parameters dealing with matte extraction.

Matte Repair Before Matte Repair After

Screen Smoother

Smooths out unevenly lit blue and green screens. By default, darker screen areas are brightened.

Screen Smoother Before Screen Smoother After
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Product Manual / User Guide

The above software contains a 15 day fully functional trial.

Note: Please download and test the software on your machine before purchasing.

The software will be converted to a permanent version by purchasing a license.

Internet access required during activation / deactivation and to get a trial license.

System / Software Requirements:

  • Adobe After Effects CS5 and up
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and up
  • Apple Final Cut Pro X
  • Apple Motion 5
  • Avid Editing Systems (64 Bit only)
  • Macintosh Multicore 64 Bit Intel® processor
  • Mac OSX 10.7.x - OSX 10.9.x
  • Windows Vista 64 bit, Windows 7 64 Bit, Windows 8 64 Bit

Internet access required for software activation / deactivation / trials

Version 3.5.2 released 08/20/2014

Changes
  • Avid Media Composer 8.1 Compatibility
    zMatte is now compatible with Avid Media Composer 8.1.
  • Licensing
    A number of licensing enhancements were implemented.

Version 3.5.1.3 released 02/07/2014

Bug Fixes
  • Multiprocessor Previewing/Rendering in After Effects
    Fixed a problem in After Effects when using the multiprocessor previewing/rendering preference.

Version 3.5.1.2 released 11/21/2013

Bug Fixes
  • Activation Problem
    Fixed an intermittent activation problem on some systems.

Version 3.5.1.1 (Mac Only) released 11/19/2013

Bug Fixes
  • Manual Activation Problem
    Fixed a problem where zMatte would not activate with some licenses created at the Self-Service Website.

Version 3.5.1 released 09/05/2013

Changes
  • License Alert Message
    Changed license alert message to be more descriptive.

Version 3.5 released 08/19/2013

Features
  • GPU Acceleration
    zMatte is now accelerated with OpenCL using your graphics card resulting in dramatic speed increases.
  • 32 Bit Floating Point Precision
    zMatte can now process with 32 bit floating point precision.
  • Alpha Parameter (Avid Only)
    The Alpha parameter is used to match Avid's File Pixel to Video Mapping import settings when importing a file. By default, RGB (0-255) Inverted is selected to match Avid’s default import settings.
  • Color Correct > Temperature and Cyan/Magenta Added
    Temperature and Cyan/Magenta were added to the Color Correctors.
  • Frame Averager > Frame Window
    A Frame Window control has been added which determines the positioning of the frame averaging window as either Past, Centered or Future.
  • Matte Repair > Wrap
    Added Wrap to Matte Repair.
  • Multi-Host Licensing
    One zMatte license will allow it to run in Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Apple Final Cut Pro 6/7/X and Avid Editing Systems.
Changes
  • Keyer > Color Suppress > Auto Color Removed
    Removed Auto-Color from the Keyer > Color Suppress group. The color suppression color is automatically selected based on the Primary Matte > Extract On > Blue Screen or Green Screen selections.
  • Keyer > Color Suppress > Foreground Renamed
    The Keyer > Color Suppress > Foreground parameter was renamed to Amount.
  • Keyer > Light Wrap > Light Renamed
    The Keyer > Light Wrap > Light parameter was renamed to Brightness.
  • Light Wrap > Light Renamed
    The Keyer > Light Wrap > Light parameter was renamed to Brightness.
  • Removed Matte Wrap Plug-in
    The Matte Wrap plug-in was removed since it is now included in Matte Repair.
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