Green-Screen Basics


In this tutorial, Mia McCormick, of Kelby Media, takes you through the basic steps of lighting a green screen properly. Green-screen production is great for special-effects work or when you need to shoot a subject against a variable background. But to make it look believable and professional, absolutely even lighting of the green backdrop—whether a piece of fabric or a cyc wall—is crucial. This video shows you how to avoid common pitfalls such as spill so that you can pull a clean key easily in post production.

This green-screen tutorial also touches upon a couple of different lighting solutions that work well for different setups. Finally, McCormick explains why you'll need a camera that captures 4:2:2 (not 4:2:0) video, or at least an external recorder that can do so. 

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what is the basic kit to make chroma key effect in 1080p.
i got nothing so tell me all i need and how much it cost.
i would need half body recording to make tutorials. that's it ( one person or two)


Impact Qualite 300 focusing floodlights (2x) offer a variable beam angle of 21 to 40° and come complete with barndoors. The included 33" translucent umbrellas may be used in bounce or shoot-through mode to soften the light, their shafts slipping into convenient receptacles in the light's mount. Once inserted, umbrellas with 7 or 8mm (standard size) shafts are locked into place by tightening the fixture's tilting knob.

A collapsible 5 x 7' Chroma Green Background folds to approximately 1/3 its open size to fit in its own zippered slip case. to top it off, the kit includes Westcott's Photo Creator Kit. The main component in this kit is the software that automatically extracts the green background to enable the substitution of your choice of alternate digital background.

Hi, I already have a green screen and 1 500(?) Led light, how many lights are ideal? And where can 1 get good soft boxes? Also, do I need to keep with all the same type(eg, LEDs) while shooting a green screen?


The most important thing to remember is your background (Green-Screen) must be evenly illuminated and the light used on your subject should not mix with the background. For a waist up portrait, you should have 2 lights, 1 on either side of the background and a 3rd on your subject for example. Your lights should match for consistency and a soft box is determined by the the light model you have.

I own at Canon T4i. If I purchase the Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Shuttle 2 SSD Video Recorder, will I notice a significant difference over the normal video footage shot with my T4i?

The Canon T4I's HDMI output is not good for recording as it is not an uncompressed signal. There will be no benefit in using the Hyperdeck with this camera.