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The new three-dimensional zKey™ Keying System from zLense was recognized with a Best of Show Award by NewBay Media’s TV Technology magazine at the 2017 NAB Show held this week in Las Vegas. zKey is a three-dimensional keying system that enables the creation of alpha channels or image masks without Chroma or luma keying, and without requiring special lighting. 

“It is truly an honor to win a Best of Show Award from NewBay Media for our zKey keying system,” said Bruno György, CEO of zLense. “The innovative approach zKey brings to creating alpha channels and image masks has created many new options for both creative executions and for operational and business tasks, while also providing excellent support for natural illumination.” 

The zKey solution uses the depth image along the same optical as the video image to determine the silhouette of the talent, with the edges of this silhouette used to create an alpha channel of the foreground talent in real time. The turnkey solution provides everything necessary out of the box to use an existing studio camera in tandem with zLense’s range-finding camera to transmit full HD video and the associated depth data to a 3D keying appliance that outputs the alpha channel and mask with a delay of only four frames. 

zKey also allows for panning and tilting on a tripod-mounted camera. The solution is designed to alleviate concerns about limiting foreground colors, shadows cast by talent on a green screen, green light being reflected from the background onto the talent and more. 

NewBay Media’s Best of Show Awards are evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, and are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. 

For more information about zKey, visit

About zLense™ 
zLense delivers innovative technologies for use in broadcast and production markets, with a specialty in 3D depth mapping, camera tracking, and real-time virtual and augmented reality applications. zLense offerings include the innovative zLense depth scanning unit, the zTrackä precision camera tracking system and the zKeyä 3D keying system. zLense benefits from the algorithm and software expertise of parent company Zinemath Zrt., based in Budapest, Hungary. For more information, visit