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Digital Film Tools Accelerates Zmatte 3.5


LR-zMatte-screen-shot.134946Los Angeles-based developer of visual effects software Digital Film Tools announced that its zMatte plug-in is now GPU-accelerated, speeding up the process of creating motion picture-quality greenscreen composites.

zMatte is a full-featured keyer that uses proprietary matte extraction techniques to create mattes with minimal parameters, even when dealing with fine hair detail, smoke or reflections. It is easy to use, yet provides the necessary tools for more difficult shots, including 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.

“Following our master plan to GPU-accelerate all of our software, zMatte v3.5 is now ready for use in production,” said Marco Paolini, founder and president, Digital Film Tools. “We have implemented OpenCL as our method of acceleration, and most modern graphics cards can take advantage of this technology. In most cases, users will see dramatic speed increases while rendering.”

ZMatte 3.5 is available immediately for $395. Upgrades from previous versions are available for $100.

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Vicon Introduces Mobile Mocap at SIGGRAPH

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