Green screens have been around for quite some time, being used in Hollywood and typically by the weatherman on TV. The are basically a Green background and sometimes Blue that allows you to change what is being seen in the background. So instead of actually seeing the Green background the weather guy or gal is actually standing in front of you will your local area map with the weather patterns instead. This technology is relatively affordable and can create a lot of new possibilities for your videos. I love the green screen as you can simply adjust whatever you want the background to be.
The green screens themselves are relatively affordable at couple hundred dollars or less and will satisfy most normal vloggers and video makers. The screen itself is basically a larger backdrop like a tarp or cloth fabric that you hang up and film in front of. Depending on your needs and environment you might need additional stands to hold the screen as well as a lighting kit to fully illuminate yourself. The Chromakey technology works best with bright lighting. Often times if you have a quality green screen and enough natural sunlight coming through your windows it should work fine. Quick tip, you’ll want to make sure your green screen doesn’t contain large wrinkles in the fabric or has light bleeding through the back of the material if it’s a cheaper material, as this will cause problems with the image or video overlay that you will edit into your vlog. The screen itself is only 1/2 of what you will need. The computer editing software is where the magic happens.
Chromakey is the technology you will have in certain video editing software. I personally use and love Final Cut Pro X which is an Apple product. The first iMac I purchased in 2011 came with iMovie, which is a very versatile program for most people. I struggled to even learn this program initially because I was used to a Windows driven PC my entire life. After learning the iMovie which is easy with a little bit of playing around and time, I graduated to Final Cut Pro which is a more expensive program about $300, but for me, the cost was worth it. It works similar to iMovie but has a lot more control and professional features that will separate you from the amateurs.
Green screens are widely available online and can be had for reasonable prices compared to what it can do for your video making possibilities. Basically, the bigger the screen is the more expensive it is. Obviously, quality and brand name effect the final price as well. A typical green screen kit will have an approximate size of 6X9 feet or something comparable. You can simply hang this on your wall or filming location and shot in front of it or if traveling they also sell portable kits that can even fold down easily and be used on location. If you have a portable green screen typically somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 bucks or less you will want a stand to hold it up properly. I personally have this kit and love it. I can take it with me or move it around and make interesting videos of whatever I want and change the background or add my branding to the background of my videos.
To Be Continued..