The Ultimatte 500 is the next generation, standard definition, blue/green screen, compositing device. Priced to suit small budgets, the Ultimatte 500 allows an easy path for upgrading its basic features by adding those of the Ultimatte 500 Deluxe, or the multi-definition capabilities of the Ultimatte 11 HD/SD.
The Ultimatte 500 has been designed to address the needs of virtual studios. With enhanced Matte controls, streamlined Ambiance controls, in addition to complete FG and BG RGB color controls**, the Ultimatte 500 can create very realistic composites.
- • The Ultimatte 500 incorporates modified matte algorithms to extend the ability of accurately separating the FG subject from the backing.
- • In addition to standard Matte Sizing, the Ultimatte 500 incorporates Matte Correction, which analyzes all matte transitions, and applies the appropriate amount of correction to the transitions which need modification.
- • With Indirect and Direct** lighting features, the Ambiance controls in the Ultimatte 500 allow the “lighting” and the colors of the new background to have a subtle or a strong** impact on the brightness and colors of the FG subject. Ambiance allows the FG subject to be more naturally and realistically placed in its new environment.
- • To create more realistic composites, the Ultimatte 500 provides the user with full range** of FG and BG controls. With the Master and RGB** controls for White and Black levels, Contrast (gamma) and Saturation, the user can match the levels and colors** of the FG subject to the BG scene, or visa versa.
- • The Ultimatte 500 has four inputs with active loop outputs. The user can assign which of these inputs to be the Foreground, the Background or the external Matte.
- • The Ultimatte 500 allows the user to input two external Mattes (4:0:0) simultaneously, and assign how each of these mattes will be used. One external Matte could be used as a garbage matte (force BG), while the second external Matte could be used as a holdout matte (force FG). Alternately, both external Mattes can be multiplexed into one signal (4:4), thus utilizing the full bandwidth of the SDI signal.
- • In addition to the two FG+BG outputs and the Matte output, the Ultimatte 500 has a Monitor output. This output allows the user to view different stages of the compositing process [FG+BG, FG, BG, Combined Matte, Internal Matte, PFG (processed FG)] without changing the viewed images on the FG+BG and the Matte outputs. The Monitor output can also be used as a “talent monitor” output, where the viewed image can be flipped** (horizontally) to allow the talent to interact with the new background in a more “natural” way.
- ** indicates features available in the Deluxe version only.