Can I use Ultra Serious Magic Master Sets for Green Screen background on Camtasia 8.6

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1. I am delighted to be able to edit green screen on Camtasit 8.6 and would like to use my
Ultra Master Set Library 1-4 as the background.  Here is a link to the Master Set 3 that I used with Ultra before Adobe put it into CS3 and then did not upgrade it after that.

2. Where can I find good 3D backgrounds for my green screen projects if I can't use the Master sets mentioned above?

3. Is there a big difference in Camtasia 8.6 and 9.0 regarding green screen options?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Ruby Newell-Legner

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Joe Morgan

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I took a peak at a demo of ULTRA Master Sets Library 4 on You Tube. I've never seen the product before and I didn't want to steer you wrong.

That level of editing is not in Camtasia's wheel house. If you want to work with 3D backgrounds like the one you provided a link for. Camtasia isn't going to work. As far as I know, the remove a color feature is unchanged.

That library set looks nice, yet antiquated because it's not HD. That must be disappointing. I don't have any recommendations for you other than to Google search for backgrounds.

For the most part the video work is basic green screen keying and masking. Premiere Pro has a decent masking feature that can be animated these days.The videos can be corner pinned to screens in the backgrounds.It's still amounts to a lot of work to pull it all together.

Were these backgrounds actually templates for After Effects?

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Wow, hopefully you didn't have to shell out what the price is on Amazon!

Serious Magic was a cool company and I loved their Visual Communicator app. Too bad Adobe swallowed them up and abandoned Visual Communicator. As I understand it, Adobe wanted the awesome keying technology and it ended up in things like Premiere Pro and Presenter Video Express.

Bummer... Rick :)
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Okay, I was intrigued and did a little digging,

Serious Magic started out as a stand alone program that was essentially "Template" driven . You could purchase additional custom backgrounds.
You would key out your green screen footage and insert footage and/or images into various screens that appeared in the background. Some backgrounds moved from room to room.Several camera angles were also available. Pretty slick. 

Adobe bought them out and continued to offer the program as a plug in with After Effects CS3.
They dumped the plug in but kept "Ultra Key" for keying out green screen.

Serious Magic's keying technology is vector based. A perfect fit for After Effects because it is a vector based editor.
 Sounds like a wise business decision on Adobe's part. I suspect they've improve it quite a bit over the years.

Templates for After Effects are expensive these days. I would be surprised if you can find anything like this on the cheap.

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Hey  Ruby Newell-Legner,

I got caught up in reporting what I discovered about Serious Magic and forgot to try and assist you.

Ultra dates back to the Windows Vista or XP operating system. You may be able to install it in compatibility mode. Have you tried that?
Those library's are dependent on that program to make using them simple.That's all I got.

I'd love to hear if you can get it up and running or not.

Good luck, Joe

I'm assuming you have this version.