The greenscreen is an almost indispensable tool in the production of brand videos.
Although it is quite popular in filmmaking, many YouTube users, actors and social media influencers choose to use greenscreen to change the background. After all, they are one step closer to fully polished video content that makes viewers say… amazing!!!
What is a green screen?
You’ve probably seen a Hollywood film that was created using green screen. To the uninitiated, it looks like a green background behind actors or talent. But green screen is more than just green fabric.
It is a visual effects (VFX) technique that creates a background or foreground that is not available through the layering of two images or video streams – think of films depicting a historical period, or your favourite sci-fi movies.
“It’s hard, the green screen; it’s a different way of working.”-Rodrigo Santoro
How does green screen work?
Using the green screen is part of the chroma key process. This is the secret to removing the background or foreground from your shots and replacing them with realistic objects.
Simply put, chroma key is the removal of a particular colour in a digital image using special software to fill it in with another object.
But, hey, don’t be fooled: the green screen is not always green. It can be any monochrome background. Green or dark blue is most commonly used. Nevertheless, green is the most commonly used colour because it has a good contrast with human skin tones – making it easy to remove and replace with another background during post-production.
How to use green screen?
It could easily be argued that the green screen layout takes the joy out of video production. However, following the correct procedure is the key to turning a potentially time-consuming task into a quick and easy activity. So here it is.
Step 1: Choose the right green screen
Step 2: Set it up
Step 3: Focus on lighting
Just as the right lighting is important for talent to stand out in a video, it is also essential for the green screen to work well.
Step 4: Take distance into account
If there is only a small distance between the subject and the green screen, green bleeding can often occur. This can also occur if the production requires too much green screen and green ground. Unfortunately, this green bleed or green screen reflection can make post-production difficult.
Step 5: Get a tripod
To achieve green screen success, make sure your camera is stable and the subject is in sharp focus. And this is where the use of a tripod is essential.
Step 6: Record
Step 7: Editing the videos
Once you have a rough shot ready, you can use an editing tool such as Adobe Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro to strip out the green screen and fill it with the background you want.
And so it is – with this simple article, we’ve shown you how easy it is to use a green screen.
Now that you know how to use a green screen for video content, you can create great videos all year round, no matter what’s in the background.
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