Digital keying and chroma keying

Digital keying differs from analog chroma keying in that it can key uniquely from any one of the billion colors of component digital video. It is then possible to key from relatively subdued colors, rather than relying on highly saturated colors which can cause color-spill problems on the foreground.

A high quality digital chroma keyer examines each of the three components Y, B-Y, R-Y or R, G, B of the picture and generates a linear key for each. These are then combined into a linear key for the final keying operation. The use of three keys allows much greater subtlety of selection than is possible with a chrominance-only key.

See also: Chroma keying, Keying