Tutorial: Colorizing Effect on Carbonite

A simple Colorizing effect can be handy and can add to your live show.  This tutorial will show you how to do this on a Ross Carbonite switcher, however, if you apply the basic principals you should be able to achieve this on any switcher.

Select the key you want to use for your effect, This will be a 2 key effect

Select the first keyer, select self key and route it to black, then turn the clip and gain settings so that it doesn’t allow video from the background to come through

Select the second key

Make sure the key is selected to be either a Self or Auto key

Turn the key on or select key the key you are working on in your transition area to preview

Route BG (Background matte generator) to the key

Select the color you want to colorize your video using the hue, Saturation, and luminance knobs

Ex:  For Black and White, make luminatece 100% and Saturation 0%

Now we will want to do a split key, that is give the key a different Alpha channel,

To do a split key,

Press and hold the Auto Select or Self Key, depending on the key type you are splitting, then press a camera as the source you want to be your alpha channel, or use the Alpha knob to select a camera source to be your Alpha

Press the Alpha knob to accept the new alpha (if you use the menu).

Now, let’s say you want to be able to mix between sources and keep them black and white.  You can do this 1 of 2 ways.

First:  If you are using a 2 MLE switcher, use a Key on Program/ Preview to do the effect and assign the alpha to MLE 1

Second:  If you are only using a 1 MLE you may have to do some wiring.  Route your clean feed out using an aux and either wire it back into an input of the switcher or use a router to do this depending on your system design.  Make sure your clean feed is set to before key 1 (Menu>System>Clean).  Map your alpha channel to the input of your clean feed input re-entering the switcher.

For quick access, store this as a memory to go to quickly during a show.

Here is an example of how B&W can add to the feel of a song

I still haven’t found What I’m Looking for from Brandon Rhoda on Vimeo.

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About brhoda

I freelance doing a few different thing in the video and live production market. I worked for a church for 5 years directing services and designing control rooms.
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4 Responses to Tutorial: Colorizing Effect on Carbonite

  1. Nick Hayhurst says:

    We have the Carbonite 2M, so we have 2 MLE options, but we’re new to this, and none of us are professionals. A fellow director was able to get this to work, but they only seemed to be able to do cuts, and we need some smooth transitions for our Easter services. Is there something that we did wrong, or is this a limitation of this technique?

    • brhoda says:

      In your case make MLE 1 your Alpha, then cut your show on MLE and you should be able to do any type of transition you want. So on MLE 2, pick a keyer. select either self or auto as your key type. route background to the key you picked, then press and hold the key type (self or auto) while holding select MLE 1. Put black in Program and turn on your key. If you want to change the color press key select until you see the hue, saturation and luminance values and adjust.

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