In this video, learn how to set up a green screen so that you can get good quality results.
- The critical thing when shooting on a green screen is to get your screen nice and green. Now this sounds kind of obvious, but it's actually really easy to get it slightly wrong. Then cause yourself all kinds of pain down the line. However the good thing is you can make a green screen out of all sorts of kinds of materials paper, paint, fabric all fine the important thing is you want to have it as a matte surface and nothing shiny or reflective and you want no surface texture, avoid wrinkles and creases. So theoretically you want to go for a green called chromo green.
But really as long as you get a deep, saturated, strong green that is not too dark and not too light, you should be fine. If you search on the internet for fabric green screens you can pick up some pretty cheap ones. Just make sure you have a way of hanging it once it arrives. First make sure you have as much distance between the screen and your subject as possible. Keep them far apart and you won't end up with awkward shadows casting onto the green screen. This then allows you to light the green screen separately to your subject so you might want a couple of lights on the green screen and then separate lights on your subject.
Perhaps most importantly make sure your subject is not green or wearing green cloths. Because anything green is going to disappear along with the background. Now if you've got someone who is insisting on wearing only green cloths then you can switch out to a blue screen. The only reason green screen is used primarily is that digital cameras tend to pick up more green detail. But all the same principals still apply to working on a blue screen. And that really is all there is to basic shooting on a green screen. What I will say is only do it if you have a really good reason to do so.
Because otherwise you're just building in more work for yourself in post production. I will be covering how to process green screen later on in the course in the video how to process green screen video.
- Getting started with HitFilm Express
- Setting up a camera and lighting
- Making a shooting checklist
- Shooting on a green screen
- Transferring from camera to computer
- Converting video formats
- Importing videos into HitFilm
- Using essential editing techniques
- Using multiple tracks
- Making color corrections
- Working with keyframes and composite shots
- Creating titles and lower-third captions
- Exporting and sharing video