Green Screen to Shoot Video is Set Up - Do I Need To Buy The Backgrounds?

by DennisM 7 replies
Hi All,

I have my green screen set up behind my desk. I'm ready to record myself on video. After further review, it looks like most marketers are just leaving their backgrounds open for all to see (I've seen book cases, stacked boxes and even a pair of underwear! LOL)

My question is did I even need this green screen background? It would be nice to put some professional background image in there.

Where do I find the cool backgrounds? Any easy learning curve software? I was going to buy Sony Vegas but do I need that? Any recommendations on the lighting?

Does a fellow Warrior sell some type of "shoot offline video" type kit I can purchase? Time is money, I want to cut the learning curve and not dabble in video. I just want to get something professional looking up on a site.

By the way, Ken Calhoun makes some of the most impressive web based videos I've seen in my life. Professionally narrated, etc.

Thanks to all in advance for your replies.

Dennis

PS: Thanks to all for the web cam recommendations on my previous post.
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  • Profile picture of the author lakshaybehl
    Make them personal... show them your bedroom LOL
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  • Profile picture of the author richard-pc
    Hi Denis,

    I'm just going through this myself too.

    My office looks more like a sauna than a traditional office (it is a garden office with wood panelling, and doesn't look great on video), so I've go down the greenscreen path - and only just this week.

    You can see my first two attempts at:

    www.freemillionaireupgradebook.com and www.freeprofitupgradebook.cm

    A friend sent me a plastic green chromakey sheet, which I used to record these two videos. I've had real problems with the lighting (I watched some good videos on youtube), but I think my greenscreen is poor quality, so haven't really got the lighting to work properly. The lighting must be even on the green screen, otherwise you cannot key it out.

    I downloaded a free trial of 'ulead video software' to key out the background, and I just searched on free desktop wallpaper to find a backdrop. There is also a video on youtube on how to use ulead software with chromakey.

    I'm getting a better quality greenscreen delivered tomorrow, so hopefully the lighting will work better with this.

    I'll let you know how I get on!

    Richard
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    • Profile picture of the author Josh Anderson
      Richard,

      I bet your issues are:

      1. Plastic green screen. Yuk. You definately should go for non reflective cloth or a nice muslin.

      2. Lighting... that is most people's problem. The single best tutorial on green screen lighting I have ever seen published is the last 2:30 of this video (skip to about 7 minutes in) -


      I used a simple clamp lamp with an amber gel clipped to a makeshift light bar I created on my studio ceiling with a 1x1 1/2 board. I created the amber gel by going to kinkos and printing that color on a clear page.

      For the lights I use my own softbox design which I have been teaching my clients to build for cheap.

      3. Software... not all keying software is created equal. I prefer to use Ultra CS3 but Sony Vegas Movie Studio, Platimum, or Pro all have killer chromakey abilities and they do a really good job and are fairly forgiving of uneven lighting. I have a feeling they kick butt over Ulead in this area ;-)


      Hi Denis,

      I'm just going through this myself too.

      My office looks more like a sauna than a traditional office (it is a garden office with wood panelling, and doesn't look great on video), so I've go done the green screen path - and only just this week.

      You can see my first two attempts at:

      Download the Best Sellling Book Millionaire Upgrade for FREE (Inspired by a flight with Sir Richard Branson) and Free Profit Upgrade Book for Managing Directors, Business Owners and Executives Responsible for Business Growth

      A friend sent me a plastic green chromakey sheet, which I used to record these two videos. I've had real problems with the lighting (I watched some good videos on youtube), but I think my green screen is poor quality, so haven't really got the lighting to work properly. The lighting must be even on the green screen, otherwise you cannot key it out.

      I downloaded a free trial of 'ulead video software' to key out the background, and I just searched on free desktop wallpaper to find a backdrop. There is also a video on youtube on how to use this software with chromakey.

      I'm getting a better quality greenscreen delivered tomorrow, so hopefully the lighting will work better with this.

      I'll let you know how I get on!

      Richard
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      • Profile picture of the author richard-pc
        Thanks Josh, that is a great green screen lighting video. I missed that one, in my search for 'chromakey lighting' on youtube.

        I agree that the plastic sheet I am using is the main problem. I'm not sure I'd ever be able to get a second hand crumpled plastic green screen to light evenly.

        I sent of for 3 meters of fabric today from this company in the UK >> Bristol UK Limited - VFX Fabrics

        Thanks again for the tips.

        Richard
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        • Profile picture of the author richard-pc
          I said yesterday that I'd follow-up on the green screen issues I've been having.

          Today I took delivery of 3 meters of high quality, industry standard green screen material, with foam backing. What a difference that makes, as opposed to my first attempt with a crumpled old plastic green screen.

          I have only done a quick test with my children dancing in front of the chromakey (similar to the excellent youtube video 'where the hell is matt?'), but I could key the background out without any problems, and even without lighting the green screen.

          I think my main green screen problems are behind me!

          I'd therefore recommend anybody invest in a high quality green screen, rather than using a cheap plastic version, it will save you a lot of time.

          Richard
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