Is there a video demo of this software somewhere? It looks very useful, but I would like to learn a bit more than what is on the product description page.Thanks!
There is a "Try the demo" button at the top of the Imerge Pro page.
There aren't any video demos or tutorials for Imerge Pro just yet because it is brand new. Maybe soon?
Thanks for the info!
I watched this, but the key question I have (haha) is if the keying ability of this software is better than that which is integrated into hitfilm pro. I am working in a project which is going to use a lot of minitature model photography and stop motion animation (ie. still images, which may have motion blur added later).
Would this be a better solution for creating an image sequence - by keying out stills manually, and saving individual images with transparency - which will be brought into hitfilm and animated / composited? Or, would it be better to use this as a tool for creating background plates / digital 'set peices' to be used behind keyed video /animation which is keyed in hitfilm?
Perhaps I am missing how to do a simple green screen replacement as was possible in PhotoKey, but I cannot determine how to do so.
Sorry for such a basic question, but I'd sure appreciate someone telling me how to (the Imerge guide is not clear on this either).
Thanks in advance ...
@FXhomer230557 Here is the basic process.
If you want to have multiple foregrounds or backgrounds, then you can go to the layer, add add more Content Variations, bu clicking add in the Content panel and selecting other images from your disk. You can then switch the active content by just selecting it.
@zobo1942 In summary, Imerge can be used for both of your use cases. The best thing is to try the demo and see where it fits for you best (the demo has no restrictions other than a watermark on export). The basic algorithm in Imerge is the same as the one in HitFilm. There are two primary things which are improvements in Imerge.
@zobo1942 One other consideration. Hitfilm is limited in the size of a comp shot by GPU VRAM. 2GB or more for 4K, 4GB or more for 8K. But Hitfilm is working with VIDEO, so also has to account for generating 24-60 (or more) frames per second. Imerge is built for STILLS, so can accept larger media that Hitfilm for the same GPU VRAM.
This gives Imerge an advantage when trying to prepare large images before importing them into Hitfilm.
Putting it another way, I just loaded a 4608x3456 image into Imerge. In Hitfilm, my GPU doesn't let me create anything larger than 2160 px high (4k video). If I were to bring this same picture into Hitfilm I'd not be able to work with it at full size. In Imerge I can.
I know this is a wishlist item for Imerge already, but I'll post it here as well: Hopefully in the future FXHOME will be able to implement a system where Imerge projects will be able to migrate easily to Hitfilm in some way. The hope here would be to create an Imerge project with masks and effects and multiple layers and be able to take that directly across to Hitfilm with each Imerge layer becoming a Composite Shot layer, which would be fricking fantastic for anyone doing virtual set or matte painting work!
I think I will try HitfilmPro for removing backgrounds, then Affinity Photo, then Imerge, and see which works the best for me.
Thanks for the info.
I am on the demo version and am a beginner. Trying to do basic stuff like create a logo as a watermark background and adding in items using chromakey.
I haven't been able to do any of that so far and spent almost 3 days now We are looking at purchaing it but if iI can't figure it out we won't bother
Thanks for getting in touch. We will be adding video tutorials over time. The user guide can be found here: https://fxhome.com/reference-manuals/imerge-pro. Let us know if there is anything specific you would like to see.
Regarding your two requests so far, here is some hopefully useful guidance...
Adding a logo as a watermark
First, I am assuming you already have your logo in PNG format and in a large size. If you actually want to draw a logo, you will struggle to do that in Imerge Pro as its more about compositing (combining images) and processing photos than drawing things from scratch.
Lets say you have two images and you want to put a watermark in the bottom left of each of them.
Here you can see a project with two layers. It has the background layer, which has 2 different images for content.
I can then toggle the layer to using the other content by just selecting it:
Now, i turn on the watermark layer above it, which references my made up logo.
Now I move the anchor point of the layer to the bottom left of the watermark (this is what is considered the center of your layer and things will scale and rotate from that point).
Next, I set the origin point of the layer (to the right of the position boxes) to the bottom left.
Now i set the position to 5% from the bottom left. This has put it in the bottom left corner. What changing the origin has done is let us position relative to the bottom left rather than the center. This is important now if the different content variations of my layer are different sizes they will automatically reposition themselves.
Now I can scale my logo down to the appropriate size.
I could now change the opacity, blend mode or even add some Style Effects like outline glow etc if I wanted. Im going to keep things simple here.
If I now go back to the backgrounds layer and change the active content by toggling between the images in the list you will see the watermark is always in the bottom left.
And now if i go to the batch section I can export these variations:
And if I export using the default settings and go to the folder its output too i will see this:
And you can see the two images with the watermark has exported to the directory.
Adding items using ChromaKey
The rough steps for this are as follows:
Some of this is explored in the following introduction:
Let us know if you have any further questions.
I am a professional movie cameraman with experience in SFX, motion control, green screen etc. I am also a Photoshop user for over twenty years. I would love to try Imerge but I cannot. The 'documentation' is more of a features list than an explanation and the tutorials are similar. They 'show stuff' but offer no insights into even the most basic operations. I am unable to even get started on the basics.I have noticed a number of posts here about the dearth of tutorials and a number of official answers saying 'It's new software, please wait, they're on the way'. So when and where please? I am really sorry to say this but unless somebody can point me at some good basic getting started tutorials you will have lost a customer before he is even through the door ............
.......... and that would be a shame.
In reply to my own post I have now discovered what I think I am looking for. "Getting Started with Imerge Pro" by Axel. So far so good. However his tutorial starts with an invitation to download the files for the tutorial without saying where from!! I am unable find them by searching. This is very frustrating. Can anyone point me at them please?
The links for the files are in the description info below the video. Hope it helps you out.
OK. Got them. Thanks. You have to watch the video on YouTube itself for them to show up.
@DavidMacdonald Yes, that is correct. Any tutorial that mentions assets will be the same way too most likely.
Playlist of Imerge tutorials.
Thank you everyone.
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