updated 01:20 pm EDT, Sat April 26, 2008
dpMatte 2.1 for Aperture
dvGarage this week released dpMatte 2.1, a greenscreen keyer for Apple's Aperture 2.1 photography solution. Based on technology used in dvGarage's existing keyer, the new background replacement tool is the first plug-in to be released using Aperture’s new SDK. It uses Apple's SDK for Aperture, which allows developers to use existing Cocoatools to develop full-featured applications inside of Aperture's existing framework; it is designed to easily remove green and blue backgrounds used in film and still photography in order to composite subjects into new backgrounds. Still photographers use the same kind of technology to add backdrops rather than commit to a specific backdrop while shooting. With dpMatte, users can select backgrounds that range from simple colors to photographs to complex 3D backgrounds.
"We're very excited about developing for Aperture," stated dvGarage founder, Alex Lindsay. "We view the photography industry as a massive growth market and we're glad Apple has opened Aperture to third party development."
The software adds an unspill process from Conduit to automatically remove all the green spill from images without making them purple (a common problem with standard despill operations, the company claims). In addition, user can adjust the edge color and foreground tint of the image to match the background colors more effectively.
"One of the things we really focused on was ease of use," explained dvGarage vice president, Christopher Marler. "dpMatte allows non-technical artists to quickly and easily remove greenscreens and place their subjects into new environments."