Keying In Baselight – And The No-Kidding Useful Baselight Sausage

June 20, 2022

In Part 14 of Learning Baselight Student series, Luke Ross shows creating keys using Baselight's DKey and HueAngle tools. Plus, sausages.


Note: As an experiment, this series is being cross-posted to Mixing Light’s YouTube channel – these Insights will appear there one to two weeks after being first released into the Insights Color Library.

Learning Baselight Student Part 14

We’re staying on theme and discussing secondary grading techniques in Baselight. In this insight, you learn about selecting a key matte using the HueAngle Key and the DKey within Baselight. You’ll see how to use these two keys and discover the mystery of the Baselight Sausage!

The HueAngle and DKey Keyers

There are two keys in Baselight that you can use to select a secondary matte, the HueAngle Key and the DKey. Both have their own advantages – and different interfaces to learn. In this Insight, we’ll break both down and see how they work for targeted secondary color grades in our scene.

There’s also a hilarious term in the Baselight manual referring to the DKey colour volume as a “sausage” – we’ll explain what this means and why you may need to modify your sausages (!) to get a great key.

Key takeaways from this Insight

In this Insight you will learn how to:

  • Create a HueAngle Key and DKey
  • Modify and finesse matte selections using the control parameters and the MatteTool
  • Use a shape in conjunction with the HueAngle Key to target your selection further.
  • Maybe – say ‘Baselight Sausage’ without laughing. Maybe

Comments and Questions are always welcome

As always, I’m monitoring the comments to these Insights to help you on your journey using Baselight Student. I also welcome sausage jokes – just keep them safe for work!

– Luke

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