Keying is the term used to describe when you insert (or electronically cut) portions of one scene into another, or place titles over background images. Keys are made up of two basic components, an alpha, that cuts the hole in the background video, and a fill, that fills the hole with different video.

Keys, like MEs, are layered onto the background video signal from the lowest numbered key to the highest on an ME.

Note: DashBoard Live Assist will not notify you of error messages or if a confirmation is required. For example, if there are no available resources for the DVE Key, or Chroma Key, you are trying to create, the switcher will not create the key and no notification will be shown.

Figure: Key Priority

If you are using a MiniME™, key 1 only supports a DVE key type, and key 2 only supports the Self Key, Auto Select, and Chroma Key types. Key priority on a MiniME™ is the same as on an ME.