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After 25 years as an editor, compositor, and VFX artist, frequent Creative COW poster and tutorial author Simon Ubsdell knows what he needs from a keyer -- and knew he wasn't getting good enough results from FCPX or Motion. Discussions in COW forums led him to create the highly regarded Hawaiki Keyer. Enthusiasm expressed by COW members for its latest release led us to ask Simon for a tour. If you're keying on a Mac, you're going to want to check this out.



[Editor's note: Seeing glowing recommendations for the recent release of Hawaiki Keyer 2.0 in various Creative COW forums led us to get in touch with its developer, Simon Ubsdell. A prolific contributor to the COW as both a forum poster and tutorial author, Simon's interest in developing software comes directly out of the challenges he has seen in his 25 years as film and video editor, compositor, and VFX artist. We asked Simon to tell us a little more about Hawaiki Keyer, and how it came to be.]


The great thing about the Creative COW’s Apple FCP X or Not: The Debate Forum is that there are no limits to any conversation ever, which means it’s the easiest thing in the universe to slip through a surprise wormhole from one subject to a completely different one. And that can be quite inspiring - you never know where a new idea or insight is going to come from.

Hawaiki Keyer started off somewhere in a thread that compared the relative merits of Adobe After Effects with Apple Motion, and then led to a discussion about the things that Apple did less well than they might, despite appearing to do them well at first glance. One such thing, in my view, was and is the Apple keyer, which led me to creating a Motion tutorial to prove that point, that showed how to build your own (arguably better) keyer from first principles: Step away from the Apple Keyer now! (And build a better one of your own.)

The tutorial led to more interesting discussion and analysis on the COW which in turn led to the idea forming in my mind that it would be fun to try and build a commercial keyer that set out to try and do all the things I’d always wanted a keyer to do from my years of compositing and visual effects.

Two years later, Hawaiki Keyer actually exists as more than just a crazy idea and it’s getting better all the time. Version 2.0 adds another load of interesting compositing features that are typically left to the professional compositors to build by hand but are rarely if ever found in commercial keying packages. And there’s still a lot more that we’re looking to add in the future.

Despite giving results that our users are really impressed with and that compare very favourably with competing software costing a lot more, we have kept the price of Hawaiki Keyer really low so that as many users as possible can enjoy the benefits.





Hawaiki Keyer 2.0 supports Apple FCPX and Motion, and Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro on Mac via FxFactory.






Simon Ubsdell
Simon Ubsdell
Hi, I'm Simon Ubsdell, Creative Director of TOKYO PRODUCTIONS, a UK-based boutique creative shop specializing in movie trailers, sales promos and TV Spots for the independent film sector both in the UK and across Europe.

I've been a film and video editor for over 25 years as well as being involved in motion graphics, sound design and mixing, music composition, visual effects and compositing, 3D modelling and animation, and colour grading, not to mention writing, directing and producing, and most recently, software development.

I am also a developer of plug-ins for the video post-production market having released a range of successful and acclaimed products both under the Tokyo brand and as Hawaiki with Robert Mackintosh.

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Hawaiki Keyer
by Palmer Woodrow
Looks good.

But what's the relationship to FXFactory? The keyer is $50, but so is FXFactory. Do you have to buy both?
@Palmer Woodrow
by Simon Ubsdell
what's the relationship to FXFactory? The keyer is $50, but so is FXFactory. Do you have to buy both?

You can download FxFactory for free here.

FxFactory is a distribution platform for a whole range of different plug-ins from different developers, in addition to their own products. You don't need to buy FxFactory itself, just the products you want.

One really great feature of FxFactory is that you can download free unlimited-time trial versions of any of the products listed so you can try before you buy.

Hope that helps.

Simon Ubsdell
tokyo-uk.com
@Simon Ubsdell
by Palmer Woodrow
Thanks. I saw a $49 price for each on one of the sites, so it wasn't clear.
Re: Tutorial: Hawaiki Keyer 2.0: A Tutorial Introduction
by Charlie Austin
Very nice. Comprehensible even to a dullard like me. :-)

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