There are many tips, tricks, and techniques to get green screen shots right. However, it still sometimes looks terrible, even in big-budget movies and TV shows. What’s the problem? Why is it that we can sometimes clearly tell when something was shot in front of a green screen? In this video, Tom Scott addresses these problems in an informative, yet highly amusing way. So, if you just can’t seem to get your green screen shots right – maybe you’re making one of these mistakes.
Taran Van Hemert is one of the editors at Linus Tech Tips. With the number of videos he pumps out every week, it’s a pretty safe bet to say he knows what he’s talking about when it comes to Adobe Premiere Pro. He’s even posted a 4+ hour tutorial going through his entire workflow. Taran doesn’t put out videos on his own channel very often, but when he does, they’re filled with some fantastic knowledge.
In this video, he discusses the topic of spill suppression and fuzzy edges when working with green screen footage. Unlike the previously mentioned Premiere Pro workflow video, this one’s only a couple of minutes long. So, it’s quick and easy to digest. And the technique can be applied in other editing applications, too.
Green screening (also called chroma keying) is a very useful skill to have when shooting video. Even if you’re not using an actual grey screen, it can be handy to know how to easily mask out a particular colour, and composite something else in its place. In this video, Jordy at Cinecom walks through the top five things he’s learned when it comes to getting a good key.
Green screen is a popular and useful tool for creating all kinds of visual effects. You can DIY it, you can even paint it, but there are some awesome green screen tricks which don’t even require it! In this video, Jordy and Yannick of Cinecom.net demonstrate four of these tricks you can pull off without using an actual green screen, but by chroma keying smaller objects.
If you don’t quite have the budget to kill off green screen yet, or perhaps even the budget for a proper green screen, there are other options. For Dave Knop, the answer was some green pillow cases he found at his local Goodwill. In this video, he shows us how he turned them into a portable green screen panel with the help of some PVC pipe.
When he wanted to create a futuristic movie in his imaginary world, a green screen was not an option for Michael Plescia. It was too expensive and way too time-consuming to composite every frame. So, he gathered a dream team that helped him reinvent filmmaking and make his movie possible. He shares the story of how he killed the green screen and brought his idea to life.
Tatiana Subbotina, from Saint Petersburg, Russia, started making videos in 2013 while living in Thailand. The videos were aimed at children. But then she decided she wanted more from her creations. So, she decided to teach herself how to chroma key composite with a green screen and Adobe Premiere Pro. And it’s made her something of a YouTube hit.
With nearly 20,000 subscribers and over a million views of her videos in the past month, she’s certainly doing something right. While her videos are in Russian, some of the comments show that they go simply to watch, even if they can’t understand what she’s saying. Although, YouTube’s fancy algorithms do offer translated subtitles, they’re not always that reliable.
An Adobe Research paper titled Deep Image Matting, might just put an end to green and blue screen techniques. Adobe collaborated with the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, to develop a new system based on deep convolution neural networks. This system extracts foreground content from its background accurately and intelligently without any kind of blue or green screen background.
Eliminating the green screen isn’t a completely new idea. Lyryo’s cinema cameras are able to do this based on depth perception. But this solution is 100% software based. The paper outlines the process to evaluate images. It then determines what needs to be cut from the background, and how.