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Re: ChromaKey (Was WBZ Archives)
- Subject: Re: ChromaKey (Was WBZ Archives)
- From: "'A. Joseph Ross'" <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 13 Mar 1998 23:34:51 -0500 (EST)
On Fri, 13 Mar 1998, TVHD wrote:
> Locally, perhaps. But Ernie Kovacs was doing chromakey
> effects back in the mid-fifties. One of the first matting
> amplifiers, which produced a luminence key effect (which is
> like a chromakey, only adds signals via b&w blanking [or
> matting] signals) that inspired Kovacs was actually built back
> in the late 'forties at WPTZ in Philadelphia, the station where
> Kovacs stared out.
Howdy Doody was using chromakey around 1955-56. They were one of the
first shows to be colorcast regularly, and I remember they used those
effects for various purposes.
I remember one scene when one of the human (i.e. non-puppet) characters
was putting on his invisibility suit. It was pretty obvious that he
wasn't actually on the set that appeared behind him. I suppose he was in
front of a blue background, and his invisibility suit was actually a blue
suit. Looked good, too.
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