Green screening

I have had a green screen bought for me from a friend. (cheers Charlie)

Simon in the video was the first time I had someone that would sit in front of the camera, so I count this as my 1st test run.

I left in the marks on the flyer “Simon” just to show you what happens when you leave creases in the green screen.

Editing in green screen was done in After Effects and I used “mask” to take out the un wanted edges. You can do this in FCpro as in Motion crop Left / Right etc. But I prefer After Effects (AF) as you can add masks quick and you can also move the shape of the mask at each corner to change its shape.

What did i learn? well spur of the moment I ask Simon to be in a video as an experiment – time limited to 1hr and this included set up of screen and bringing it down.

So biggest area of concern is the room size as you really need to be 8 Ft away from the green screen.

What your filming with (NV Panasonic Mini DVD),this has a some what tiny lens so I am at a disadvantage already.

If its just a head shoot your after, a painted background like wood or a wall is much better with some fixed lights. This means you can repeat with ease each time with better results.

If you need to film in your own room it is way better to remove everything with a view not to put it back for a day or two. As setting up areas like lights and so on do require you to move them around quite a bit.

Hiring of a school hall with no natural light coming through windows can help loads more and this is when a portable Green screen like this works well.

For the moment I am having some fun, another idea that I am thinking about. Is a shower curtain pole simple slip the said green screen onto this pole and then extend this said shower curtain pole across the room.

Then no need to set up stands.
Why well the main room I film in is 8ft by 6ft 9inches !

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