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#1 Heather Everard

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 07:51 PM

Hi there.
Can anyone tell me where I can purchase Chromakey green paint?
I'm in Melbourne Australia so a local supplier would be handy if possible
Thanks
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#2 Keith Walters

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Posted 24 March 2011 - 09:08 PM

Hi there.
Can anyone tell me where I can purchase Chromakey green paint?
I'm in Melbourne Australia so a local supplier would be handy if possible
Thanks


Dragon Image sell it.

Melbourne Street Address: 161 Victoria Pde, Collingwood, Vic 3066
(Between Hoddle and Wellington St)

Phone: +61 3 9415 8848
Fax: +61 3 9415 9906
E-mail: melb@dragonimage.com.au


I don't think there's anything particularly special about it though, it's high quality but otherwise pretty ordinary flat acrylic paint, tinted green. If you're on a restricted budget, you can get something mixed by the paint matching service at any of the big paint suppliers that will work OK, although I guess it's not all that expensive to buy the "real thing".
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#3 David Carthage

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Posted 26 March 2011 - 03:28 PM

Keith is right: there isn't really anything special about paint that's "designed for green sceen" applications. It's typically made to be a little more durable than regular paint, but you can get the same results by just going to a regular paint store and having them mix you a can of flat acrylic in the chromakey green color, and you'll get the same effect at a fraction the cost.
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#4 Keith Walters

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Posted 27 March 2011 - 10:27 PM

Keith is right: there isn't really anything special about paint that's "designed for green sceen" applications. It's typically made to be a little more durable than regular paint, but you can get the same results by just going to a regular paint store and having them mix you a can of flat acrylic in the chromakey green color, and you'll get the same effect at a fraction the cost.

In the old days we just used to use 8 foot wide rolls of stiff blue paper where you couldn't paint, and it used to work OK. Paper was good because you could draw on it with a white grease pencil, which wouldn't affect the keying, but it allowed presenters to realistically point at keyed-in backgrounds. It was something of an art, drawing outlines on the blue paper while looking at a monitor with the background overlaid on the live camera image!
I once made a workable blue chromakey suit by just dying some cheap thermal underwear blue. The keying was a bit tricky but it worked. Bloody hot under all the lights though!
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