Adobe Ultra CS3 is a vector keying application that allows you to create blue-screen or green-screen effects for video projects. It was released in 2007 as part of the Adobe Creative Suite 3 Production Premium software package. However, it is no longer available for download from the official Adobe website. In this article, we will show you how to use Adobe Ultra CS3 for video editing, assuming you have a legal copy of the software.
Step 1: Install Adobe Ultra CS3
To install Adobe Ultra CS3, you need to have a DVD or a downloaded file of the software. If you have a DVD, insert it in your drive and follow the on-screen instructions. If you have a downloaded file, open the folder and double-click Setup.exe to start the installation process. You will need to enter the serial number that came with your software package[^2^]. The autorun is in Japanese, but the installer itself is also available in English[^2^].
Step 2: Launch Adobe Ultra CS3
To launch Adobe Ultra CS3, go to Start > All Programs > Adobe > Adobe Ultra CS3 > Adobe Ultra CS3. You will see the main interface of the software, which consists of four main areas: the Project panel, where you can import and organize your video clips; the Monitor panel, where you can preview and edit your video; the Properties panel, where you can adjust the settings of your video and effects; and the Tools panel, where you can access various tools and commands.
Step 3: Import Your Video Clips
To import your video clips, go to File > Import > File and browse to the location of your video files. You can also drag and drop your files from Windows Explorer to the Project panel. You can import various types of video files, such as AVI, MOV, MPEG, WMV, etc. You can also import still images and audio files. Once you have imported your files, you can arrange them in bins and rename them as you wish.
Step 4: Create a New Composition
To create a new composition, go to File > New > Composition. A composition is a container for your video clips and effects. You can specify the name, duration, frame rate, resolution, and background color of your composition. You can also choose a preset from the Preset menu that matches your video format. Click OK to create your composition.
Step 5: Add Your Video Clips to the Timeline
To add your video clips to the timeline, drag and drop them from the Project panel to the Timeline panel at the bottom of the screen. The timeline shows the sequence and duration of your video clips and effects. You can trim, split, move, copy, paste, delete, and rearrange your clips on the timeline as you wish. You can also add transitions between clips by dragging them from the Effects panel to the timeline.
Step 6: Apply Vector Keying Effects
To apply vector keying effects, select a clip on the timeline that has a blue-screen or green-screen background. Go to Effect > Keying > Ultra Keyer. The Ultra Keyer effect will automatically analyze your clip and remove the background color. You can adjust the parameters of the effect in the Properties panel to fine-tune the keying result. You can also use the tools in the Tools panel to draw masks or garbage mattes around your subject to isolate it from unwanted areas.
Step 7: Add Virtual Sets or Backgrounds
To add virtual sets or backgrounds to your keyed clip, go to File > Import > Virtual Set or File > Import > Background. You can choose from a variety of pre-made virtual sets or backgrounds that come with Adobe Ultra CS3 or import your own images or videos as backgrounds. Drag and drop your chosen set or background to the timeline below your keyed clip. You can adjust the position, scale, rotation, and perspective of your set or background in relation to your keyed clip using the Properties panel.
Step 8: Export Your Video
To export your video, go to File > Export > Movie. You can choose from various formats and codecs for your output file, such as AVI, MOV, MPEG-2 061ffe29dd