How To Use a Green Screen | Filmora Tutorial

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How To Use a Green Screen | Filmora Tutorial 5

When all is said and done, you will have learned the basics of setting up, shooting, and editing a green screen video.

1. Lighting
When filming green screen, lighting is the most important aspect. To get the cleanest result you have to light the green screen nice and evenly. If you don’t light it evenly, it will create different shades of green. If you have different shades of green, you will not be able to fully key it out, meaning you won’t fully remove the green screen. If the the light on the green screen isn’t even it will result in different shades of green, and those shades will not be removed because you can only remove one shade of green.

2. Creating Separation / Avoiding Spill
Make sure there is some sort of separation between your subject and green screen. When it comes to placing the subject in front of the green screen, they shouldn't be too close. You don’t want them to be casting a shadow on the green screen, or be SO close that the reflection of the green spills onto your subject. Spill is caused by the light bouncing the green light onto your subject.

3. Avoid the color Green
This concept, even though it sounds obvious, is often forgotten. But when filming green screen, your subject shouldn’t be green or wear the color green!! If your subject is wearing green or if there are any props, foreground / background elements that are green, They will be keyed out when you key out the background.
No matter what method, software, or camera you use for green screen, I always go over these 3 concepts before pressing record. There have been times where I forgot one or two of these concepts, and did not shoot it properly, and if it's not shot properly, it's not going to key well. Alright, now let’s get started.
Cheapest Options: Poster Board  & Shooting Outside
If you have never done green screen before, I suggest you get the cheapest option of green screen: poster board. Why, because it's cheap and easy to get! I got this from the dollar store, for less than a dollar.
But, the downside to poster board is that its can get messed up easily - you want to keep it in pristine condition because folds, tears, or if any of the color comes off can make the surface uneven. Which will result in the color of the poster board becoming uneven. When it comes to lighting poster board, or green screen in general, the easiest way is to go outside! The best type of day to film outside is during an overcast day. Reason is, there wont be super harsh shadows and the light will be the very even on both your subject and green screen. If it isn’t overcast, filming in a decent area of shade will do as well.

Once we got our footage let me show you how to edit this in Filmora. Make sure to have some footage to key into the green screen - anything will really do - but we’ll pick some landscape footage. After you have started up filmora, select Full Feature Mode and then proceed to import the background videos and Green Screen footage to the media library. Drag and drop the Green Screen video clip to the editor's Picture in Picture track, and put the image you want behind the green screen clip in the track below it. Right click the clip in the timeline and select the Green Screen option. The Picture in Picture window will pop up, and this is where you can preview your clip and key out certain colors. Before picking what color to key out, find a good frame to work from. On the right of this PIP window is a preview window. This is where we can see the edits we’re making. So to find a fram, lets use the scrubber at the bottom to find a frame.
Now, Check the "Make parts of the clip transparent" box. With the mouse, let's use the picker tool and select the color I want to key out, so in our case: green. Now, drag the slider to adjust the Intensity Level. As you can tell, this slider will affect the transparency your clip. Lets play back our changes to see how it looks. Make sure you keep an eye on your subject in front of your green screen, you may notice that some of your subject is keyed out them out, if they are you

Well that's how to shoot and edit Green Screen in filmora. I just want you to know that Green Screen isn’t limited to just backgrounds or the color green. Green is the standard because it doesn’t match any natural skin tone or hair color. You can technically use any color, but make sure your subject isn’t wearing it or that the color you’re keying out isn’t in the background/foreground or any ground of your image either. Hope this helped you guys out and keep making videos! Don’t forget to subscribe, like, and comment! Tell us what you want to green screen. See ya next time.

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Author — Raul J. Gomez


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If only we could apply the transition to the videos within the secondary storyline instead of just animation then it would be much more powerful.

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do you have an updated video for filmora 9 ?

Author — Estee White Photography


Suggestions for filmora to have in some point in time
I hope most of these suggestions make it in to filmora one day
This list of suggestions is with a doubt everything people want.This will also keep people from leaving this software because these suggestions will cover all of beginners needs and maybe advanced editors.
-make the software super strong so it can handle lots of things and effects on the time line without freezes.
-button to set preview window resolution(480p to 1080p or 4k) (button next to time on time line)
-default layout button like vegas pro cause if we ever expand the layout or something and we want it back to how it originally was than this is a good feature.
-add trimmer(so when we put media in the media place we should be able to right click on a clip and there should be a trimmer option then we click on that and then it takes us to a trimmer for the clip and then we setup the in and out point then press ok and then we've just trimmed a clip before putting it in the time line so its ready.)
-markers(should be able to put text next to them)
-add another tab in advanced color tunning.Right now there is 2, presets and adjust. Add another which which would be called whatever you guys want and that tab for more advanced color tunning but with a different look and different options.
-adjust tilt shift because you can only do it up and down and side to side. Put it to where we can also resize the box to tilft shift something specific.
-add a couple more split screen options
-the option to adjust the border size on split screens
-add the option to bring clips from time line into split screen
-add a couple more text animations
-add a couple more pip track animations(for main track to)
-add a couple more colors in sample colors
-add more transitions
-add more popular sound effects that people use in montages, or funny moments.
-the option to change the speed of pip track animations and text animations
-echo audio effect(where there's an echo in the voice of the person who is speaking for both main track and pip track) (Called reverb in other softwares)
-give the advanced audio mixer a dark skin instead of the light blue theme and make the audio editing more professional
-the option to expand the audio like in premiere(but only a little)
-the option to change opacity of clip
-the ability to fully customize short cuts
-button to undo automatic snapping of clips(so there will be a blank space) (Applies for main track only)
-the option to resize a effect window like for example advanced color tunning, go to corner and resize it to make it smaller or larger like vegas pro(also for pip track effects windows to like green screen.)
-when we resize effects windows like advanced color tunning or audio mixer or cropping we should be able snap it to the media place thing like vegas pro so it we'll take it up and it won't be in the time line way.
-advanced color tunning for pip track
-the option to fade in and out of filters that take up the whole screen like black and white filter
-the option to put filters and overlays on pip track. (maybe by going to add new track to put in under pip track.
-cropping for pip track
-power tool for pip track
-put a speed bar on main track for cropping to change how fast or slow the pan & zoom goes
-organize effects between filters and overlays( make sure effects are in the right effects tab between filters and overlays.
-add the option for 10 text tracks
-add text shake option
-make the time line so we can move the main track from the the beginning of the time line like vegas pro and like we can do with the audio and other tracks in filmora
-the ability to move on the cursor by clicking somewhere on the software like vegas pro
-the option to move a pip track clip to the main track and option to move main track clip to pip track
-the option to move clips around in the media place
-3d text editing(along with you know 3d video editing not sure what it is called)
-free mask(doesn't have to be super professional)
-default text option in text/credit where text just pops in and out
-make the record option 60fps and get rid of fimora scr
-get ride of the other modes and only have full feature mode
-take out subscription mode it should be a option for effects not completely needed for effects
-if need more place to put buttons for effects and stuff, can put buttons at bottom of software like vegas pro
-make rendering as fast as a professional softwares rendering or in general as fast as possible
-motion tracking and key framing should be one of the last things added to make sure you guys perfect it. With these other effects i just suggested filmora will be a pretty good video editor without them. Since this is a beginners software all the advanced features I suggested don't have to be complete like a professional software, there could be cons where you can't do as much stuff like you would be able to do in a professional software. Don't know about wondershare id. Very good software but even better with my suggestions. It would be comparable to vegas pro, but easier to use, cheaper, and and has a lot of options but not as much as vegas. Filmora is best software for youtubers. Also to make this software use able make sure to keep fixing any sort of lag or sync issues so this software can stay use able.
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Author — Passionelle Gerard


"You can remove only one shade of green" yeah, if you have Filmora :D There are spill killers etc.

Author — MiikaWasHere


Thank you so much for this tutorial it's going to be very helpful for my YouTube channel

Author — Ratik Datta


Life saver thank you so so so much!!! I LOVE YOU GUYS😎



Thanks so much! I really like your editor

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goodness gracious, why buy a poster board if you can just paint an entire freaking romm green? LOL

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my crush suggest filmora to edit my project omg 😂

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