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MNTI purchases Chroma Key studios

Thursday, 18th June 2009

MNTI purchases Chroma Key studios Image 1Manchester New Technology Institute (NTI) has recently purchased two portable Chroma Key studios from Reflecmedia for use by students on its creative digital media courses.

Chroma Key is the technology, which allows removal of a colour (or small colour range) from one image to reveal another image behind it, with the removed colour becoming transparent. This technique, sometimes referred to as bluescreen, is commonly used for weather forecast broadcasts whereby the presenter appears to be standing in front of a large map, but in the studio it is actually a large blue or green background.

Chroma Key is used in film and cinema productions as a tool to mix two or more images together and in digital photography to cut and paste a subject onto a background. For this reason, students studying multilayering and advanced editing techniques at Manchester NTI are finding this technology invaluable in the compositing and post-production processes. They are using the Chroma Key technology in conjunction with software such as Adobe After Effects or Autodesk Combustion.

Rob Marshall, director of Manchester NTI, said:

"Our new portable Chroma Key studios reflect the increasingly mobile and flexible nature of broadcast activities. They will form part of the infrastructure needed to support courses being developed in this area, including foundation degrees in TV and film production and digital technologies (post-production and 3D).

"Manchester NTI will also be looking to develop support and training for individuals for an industry with keen eyes on multi platform delivery, convergence and rapid technological changes. The Nations and Regions Conference in Salford in January 2007 highlighted the broadcast industry challenges ahead and the opportunities for a range of businesses, especially with the added impact of MediaCIty and the substantial move of BBC departments to MediaCity by 2010."

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