An Introduction To Green Screens & Chroma Key (PCP025)

Shooting with a green screen, and using chroma key is difficult to do well.

September 9th, 2014

Shooting video with a green screen can be tricky. How do you setup the lights? What kind of green screen should you use? What are the best post-production tips & tricks? This session of the Pro Church Podcast provides a comprehensive introduction to greens screens and chroma key.

Show Notes & Resources Mentioned

Green screens and chroma key for churches, an overview and introduction in this session of the Pro Church Podcast.

3 Instant Takeaways

  1. Setting up a green screen requires a fair amount of space. If your space is too small, lighting will be difficult and you may encounter the dreaded “shadows.” You may also be limited to only shoulders-up shots. If you want full-length body shots you need a green screen that fits floor to ceiling.
  2. Yes, a consumer camera is good enough. You don’t need to buy an expensive movie or portrait or industrial camera. I shoot with a Canon T3i.
  3. Lighting is the most important factor for good results. You have to light the presenter and the screen separately, or you won’t be able to key out the green in post-production because the green hue changes in shadow. I have two lights on the screen and a three-point lighting setup on the presenter.